After falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, the No. 1-rated Gophers women's hockey team rallied to beat Minnesota Duluth 5-2 in a WCHA game Friday night at Ridder Arena.
Sophomore forward Kelly Pannek had two goals and an assist for Minnesota (7-0, 5-0 conference), which extended its unbeaten streak against UMD to 15 games (14-0-1).
The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3), under first-year coach Maura Crowell, took a 1-0 lead on Ashleigh Brykaliuk's goal seven minutes into the game on a power-play goal. It came 43 seconds after a roughing penalty on Dani Cameranesi.
Minnesota dominated the second period, outshooting UMD 22-2, but it ended nonetheless with the score tied 2-2.
Lara Stadler's power-play goal at 6:32 put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0.
An unusual scenario for coach Brad Frost's Gophers. In their first six games, they had never trailed and were tied only once after scoring first in a game — 1-1 early in a 7-2 rout over Ohio State.
Pannek's seventh and eight goals of the season, at 13:50 of the second period and at 17:07, with a man advantage, tied this game.
Cameranesi's seventh goal of the season on a power play at 51 seconds of the third period gave the Gophers their first lead at 3-2.
Freshman Sarah Potomak made it 4-2 at five minutes, with Pannek getting one of the assists. Cara Piazza added an empty-net goal with 1:03 left.
Milica McMillen had three assists for Minnesota, two on power plays. The Gophers were 2-for-3 on the power play, UMD 2-2.
"Tonight was a real hard-fought game," Frost said. "I really liked the resiliency of our team after getting down 2-0 there. To score five unanswered obviously is fantastic. … Duluth is very well coached, they put a lot of pressure on the puck, and they do a lot of really, really good stuff."
Maddie Rooney of UMD stopped 43 shots, Amanda Leveille of the Gophers 17, including 10 in the final period. The Gophers now lead the all-time series with UMD 46-24-7.