BEMIDJi – Meghan Lorence picked a good time to get her 100th career point.
The senior forward scored a power-play goal in the middle of the second period to put the Gophers ahead to stay of pesky Bemidji State. And, ultimately, they won 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in WCHA women’s hockey against a Beavers team that has given them trouble in all four meetings.
“It was another hard-fought win here tonight,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “I’m really proud of our kids for coming on the road against a very good team. To get down early both nights and then come back strong in the second period was great. We had to fight through a little adversity in the third, but I thought everybody did a great job.
“Sid [Peters] was very good in net, and I’m proud of her to get the win. Overall, the regular season is done and I’m super excited with how everything finished up and how we played.”
The No. 2-ranked Gophers (29-4-2, 22-2-4-2) trailed 1-0 after one period; Kristine Grenier scored for Bemidji State only 1 minute, 59 seconds into the game.
Megan Wolfe’s second goal of the season for the Gophers tied the score at 7:08 of the second and, after the Beavers’ first penalty of the series, Lorence got her 17th goal of the season. She has 49 career goals and 51 assists.
Maryanne Menefee made it 3-1 at 1:24 of the third. That two-goal lead lasted under five minutes. The Beavers (18-15-1, 13-14-1-1), who had tied and beat the Gophers in a November series at Ridder Arena, answered on Kristin Huber’s unassisted goal at 6:06.
It stayed 3-2 until Dani Cameranesi scored unassisted for the Gophers with 40 seconds to play.