Catie Skaja scored two goals and Sydney Scobee stopped 32 shots — 18 in the third period — as the No. 1 Gophers edged No. 10 Minnesota Duluth 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena in WCHA women’s hockey.

The Gophers (13-1-2, 9-1-2-1 WCHA) took a 2-0 lead in the game.

Sarah Potomak scored her 11th goal of the season midway through the opening period. Then Skaja, a sophomore forward from New Prague, got an unassisted goal at 2:20 of the second.

UMD (7-5-2, 4-4-1-1) tied it on two goals within three minutes in the middle of the second. Anneke Linser scored at 8:15 and Sydney Brodt followed with a power-play goal.

The Gophers countered with more goals before the period ended to go ahead 4-2 Skaja got her second goal at 13:27 and Grace Zumwinkle got her team-leading 12th at 16:38.

UMD got within one goal when Ashton Bell scored with 56 seconds left in the third after the Bulldogs pulled goalie Maddie Rooney, who finished with 22 saves.

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