The No. 5 Gophers women’s hockey team fell behind 1-0 early but then scored six unanswered goals — five in the third period — in a 6-1 win over Vermont on Saturday night for a split of their nonconference series at Ridder Arena.
Nicole Schammel had two goals and one assist and Olivia Knowles one goal and two assists to lead Minnesota (17-6-2). Lindsay Agnew, Taylor Wente and Sydney Baldwin also had goals for the Gophers, who lost 4-2 on Friday night in their first meeting ever with the Catamounts (6-14-4) of Hockey East.
Vermont took an early lead in the first minute for the second straight game when Mackenzie MacNeil scored at 55 seconds. Knowles tied the game with a shorthanded goal less than six minutes later.
The teams were still locked at 1-1 after two periods, but Wente gave Minnesota the 2-1 just 45 seconds into the third period. It proved to be the game-winner.
“Well, it was just a great effort right from the puck drop tonight,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “I thought we were a lot better than last night. Their goaltender played really, really well, particularly through the two periods there to keep it 1-1.
“I appreciate the resiliency of our club to find a way to get that one early and the second, that kind-of opened the floodgates. It was a really good team win here tonight. I thought, overall, we finished the weekend well, and we know we have another tough weekend coming up in Columbus so we’re looking forward to that.”
Alex Gulstene picked up her seventh career win in net with 16 saves as the Gophers outshot the Catamounts 43-17. Sydney Scobee, a sophomore from Minnetrista who played for Breck, made 37 saves for Vermont.
Minnesota was 1-for-2 on the power play after going 0-5 in the series opener. The team converted on its second power play of the night when Baldwin scored to make it 6-1 late in the game. The Gophers’ penalty kill was 3-for-3 on Saturday and 5-for-5 in the series.