Naomi Rogge, a sophomore forward from Eden Prairie, scored at 3 minutes, 39 seconds of overtime to give Minnesota Duluth a 3-2 victory over the Gophers on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena in the opener of their WCHA series before an announced crowd of 3,008.
Rogge’s 10th goal of the season gave the Bulldogs their first victory over No. 2 Minnesota (24-4-1, 14-4-1 WCHA) in four meetings this season. UMD is 1-2-1.
With the loss, the Gophers’ lead over Wisconsin — which beat Bemidji State 4-0 — shrunk to one point, 43-42.
Maddie Rooney, the goalie for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the 2018 Winter Olympics, had 42 saves for UMD, Alex Gulstene 21 for the Gophers.
“Overall, I thought we played really well and had a solid game,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “Rooney was dialed in and made some great saves, and we had some great opportunities to win that game and we didn’t. They’re a very good team. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but we still played really well.”
Just before the winning goal, Kailee Skinner of UMD took a shot from the blue line that was saved by Gulstene. The rebound kicked away to Rogge, who was able to lift it past a diving Gulstene.
Both teams scored one goal in the first and second periods. Sarah Potomak gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead at 13:55 of the first; Kylie Hanley of the Bulldogs tied it four minutes later.
UMD (12-11-2, 8-7-2-2) opened the scoring in the second period when Gabbie Hughes got an unassisted goal at 1:31. Grace Zumwinkle got her team-high 22nd goal for the Gophers at 8:27 to make it 2-all.
“We stuck to our team values and did all that we could, and that’s what matters the most,” Potomak said.