ERIE, PA. – Taylor Wente scored a power-play goal at 3 minutes, 13 seconds of overtime to give the sixth-ranked Gophers women’s hockey team a 2-1 victory over Mercyhurst on Friday.
Minnesota (8-4-1) got the power play when the Lakers were called for too many skaters on the ice and took 54 seconds to score. Grace Zumwinkle took the initial shot on the game-winning play. Caitlin Reilly took the first rebound shot before Wente, a freshman from Maple Grove High School, knocked the puck past goalie Sarah McDonnell for her fifth goal of the season.
“We played really well through two periods,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said, “only gave up five shots in that 40 minutes — credit Mercyhurst, they came out guns blazing in the third and got us on our heels. We couldn’t really recover there until overtime.”
The Gophers were 2-for-5 on the power play, with six shots on goal; Mercyhurst was 0-4 with three shots on net.
Nicole Schammel gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead at 9:41 of the opening period, with Wente and Zumwinkle getting assists.
Zumwinkle, with her two assists, moved into the team lead in points with 14; the freshman from Breck has six goals and eight assists.
Maggie Knott of Mercyhurst (2-7-2) tied the score at 1-all with 1:43 left in the third.
Alex Gulstene, a freshman from Vancouver, had 20 saves for Minnesota, McConnell 19.
The Gophers improved to 7-1 all-time vs. the Lakers.