The streak lives on.
The No. 7 Gophers women’s hockey team edged Minnesota State Mankato 2-0 at Ridder Arena to sweep their WCHA series and extend its unbeaten streak to 50 games over the Mavericks before an announced crowd of 2,456.
The streak includes four wins this season, including a 4-2 victory on Friday, and goes back to January 20, 2007, when the Mavericks won 4-3 on their home ice.
“Overall, I thought our team played really sound and gave a great effort,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said.
Cara Piazza, one of four seniors honored before the game, put the Gophers (19-8-2, 12-6-2 WCHA) ahead 1-0 with 3 minutes, 2 seconds left in the second period. It stayed a one-goal game until Alex Woken scored with 1:42 left in the third.
“This has been everything I expected, and so much more,” Piazza said, reflecting on her career.
Frost appreciated how hard Piazza’s line — with Caitlin Reilly, another senior, and Nicole Schammel — worked for that goal.
“They were relentless on it,” he said. “forcing those turnovers. Obviously, a great finish in a moment when we needed it.”
Sidney Peters, another senior, got the shutout, stopping 32 shots. Chloe Crosby of MSU Mankato (3-22-1, 1-17) played almost as well, making 36 saves.
“I love these girls, I love hockey,” Peters said.