DULUTH — Eventually all streaks end. And, on Friday afternoon at Amsoil Arena, the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team finally defeated the Gophers.
Katherine McGovern’s 11th goal of the season with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Minnesota, which took a 21-game unbeaten streak (20-0-1) against UMD into the series. It went back five years, to Jan. 14, 2012.
“Well a disappointing result here tonight,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “Credit Duluth, they came out and played with a lot of passion for 60 minutes. I felt like our team unfortunately didn’t play and match that passion for the first 40 minutes and played an extremely good third period.”
The No. 4 Bulldogs (14-4-3, 11-4-2 WCHA) took a 1-0 lead on Katerina Mrazova’s redirect goal at 6:26 of the opening period. That remained the score until the two teams combined for three power-play goals in two minutes early in the third period.
Sarah Potomak of the Gophers (16-4-2, 12-3-2) tied the score at 1-all at 4:11. UMD’s Lara Stadler answered 39 seconds later.
Kelly Pannek, who had the lone assist on Potomak’s goal, tied the game again at 6:10 on her 12th goal of the season. The two points extended Pannek’s point streak to 18 games and she leads the NCAA in scoring with 46 points.
“The power play was clicking there, going two for two and generated a lot of chances in the third,” Frost said, “but against a real good team you have to play a full 60 minutes and we didn’t.”
Minnesota Duluth goalie Maddie Rooney had 28 saves, 15 in the third period. Sidney Peters of the Gophers stopped 32 shots.