Meghan Lorence scored the game-winning goal and had two assists as the Gophers defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 Friday at Ridder Arena in the opener of a best-of-three, first-round WCHA playoff series.
The victory for the No. 1-rated Gophers (33-1-1) was their fifth over the Huskies this season and extended Minnesota’s unbeaten streak to 21 games.
Maryanne Menefee put the Gophers ahead 1-0 at 25 seconds of the second period. Two power-play goals — by Lorence at 14:25, her fifth in three games, and Kate Schipper at 17:30 — increased Minnesota’s lead to 3-0.
Outshot 18-4 in the second, the Huskies’ Julia Gilbert scored with 1:58 left in the period.
Defenseman Rachel Ramsey scored early in the third for the Gophers.
“A good way to start off the playoffs,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “A hard-fought win there tonight. We were inches off from a couple goals there in the first. In the second to get one quick was obviously big and a couple power-play goals there.”
Sophomore goalie Amanda Leveille of the Gophers made 16 saves. Julie Friend stopped 39 shots for St. Cloud State (4-26-5).
|Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco||6||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein||8|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani||2|
|Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: D. Haren||6|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||5|
|Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill||4||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams||5|
|Boston - LP: W. Miley||7||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Norris||18|
|St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||6|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson||3|
|Kansas City||3||Top 8th Inning|
|Texas||2||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Houston||5||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Los Angeles||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Minnesota||2||Top 5th Inning|
|NY Mets - J. Niese||7:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - N. Eovaldi|
|LA Clippers||81||3rd Qtr 0:03|
|St. Louis||1||3rd Prd 10:33|
|Los Angeles||1||1st Half 25:00|
|Red Bull New York||0|
|Toronto FC||6:00 PM|
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