Senior Mira Jalosuo netted a power-play goal late in overtime to lift the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team past Bemidji State on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Gophers, who played in their first overtime game of the year, garnered their first one-goal decision of the season to extend their winning streak to 40 wins.
At 2:12 in overtime, BSU’s Sadie Lundquist was called for interference, which gave the Gophers a power-play advantage for nearly the remainder of the game. Minnesota, who had scored earlier on a special teams opportunity, breathed a sigh of relief when Jalosuo was found at the backdoor by junior Kelly Terry for the game-winning goal at 3:48.
The Maroon & Gold went 2-for-7 on power plays and bombarded BSU’s goaltender Jessica Havel with 13 shots during those chances.
The Gophers, who had only trailed a total of three times prior to today’s game, fell behind Bemidji State midway through the second period as Kaitlyn Tougas notched the first goal of the game.
A little over two minutes later, junior Amanda Kessel evened the game up with a power-play goal form the backside of the goal. She was setup by freshman Hannah Brandt and senior Megan Bozek.
Bozek’s assist went down as her 135th career point, which breaks the school record for career points by a defenseman. The record was formerly held by Winny Brodt at 134 points.
In the third period, the Maroon & Gold peppered Havel with 19 shots, but Tougas again attempted to play spoiler early in the period as she put BSU up 2-1 at 2:52.
Minnesota quickly answered again as Rachel Ramsey skated the length of the ice and blasted a shot past Havel to knot the score back up.
In the final minutes of the period, the Maroon & Gold had numerous shots on net, but Havel held strong to force Minnesota into overtime for the first time since Feb. 17, 2012.
The Gophers overtime victory is their first since Dec. 12, 2010 when they defeated Ohio State, 2-1.
Minnesota finishes the 2012-13 season with a perfect 16-0-0 record, which is the first time the team has gone undefeated at home in program history.
Next weekend, the Maroon & Gold look to be the first team in NCAA history to accomplish an undefeated regular season schedule as they travel to face St. Cloud State. Games are slated for Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.