Bemidji, Minn. - Defenseman Lee Stecklein scored 47 seconds into overtime to give the Gophers a 2-1 victory over Bemidji State on Saturday afternoon in a WCHA women's hockey game.
"What an awesome win," Gophers coach Brad Frost said. "It was a very exciting game tonight. It was one of those times where you just hope something goes in eventually. If it didn't, we would have still been really pleased with how we played in the second and third."
No. 3-ranked Minnesota (24-3, 19-3) trailed for most of the game. The No. 7 Beavers (17-9-2, 12-9-1) took a 1-0 lead before an announced crowd of 715 at the Sanford Center on Lauren Miller's goal midway through the opening period. And Brittni Mowat, who made 42 saves in all, kept the Gophers scoreless until they got their only power-play opportunity in the third period.
Stephanie Anderson was called for checking at 11:25 and the Beavers killed the first 1:56 of the player disadvantage. Then Dani Cameranesi scored her team-leading 25th goal — tipping in a shot taken by defenseman Sydney Baldwin — to tie the score at 1-1. Twelve of her goals have come on power plays.
Cameranesi also had one of the assists on Stecklein's winning goal. It was her seventh goal of the season and came on the first shot by either team in the extra period. Kate Schipper had assists on both of Minnesota's goals.
This was only the second overtime game for the Gophers this season; they lost the other one 3-2 at Wisconsin on Dec. 4.
Amanda Leveille had 28 saves for the Gophers.