Freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle scored with just 26 seconds left in the five-minute overtime to give the No. 6 Gophers women’s hockey team a 3-2 victory over Bemidji State on Friday night at Ridder Arena before an announced crowd of 1,723.
The goal was Zumwinkle’s eighth of the season and extended the Gophers’ winning streak to nine games.
“There were moments where we had them hemmed in and their goalie made some saves,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said, “but finding a way to pull it out there in overtime again is a pretty special feeling for our team, and we are pretty excited about it.”
This was Minnesota’s fourth overtime win this season, the first was Oct. 14 at Bemidji State.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the opening period, but the Gophers (14-4-1, 9-3-1 WCHA) went ahead 2-1 in the middle of the second period on goals by Caitlin Reilly, on a power play, and Emily Brown less than two minutes apart.
Paige Beebe of Bemidji State (5-10-2, 3-7-1-1) tied the score at 2 on an unassisted goal with 52 seconds left in the second.
Sidney Peters had 24 saves for Minnesota, Lauren Bench 34 for Bemidji State.