March 3, 2012
The Golden Gopher women's hockey team won its first WCHA tournament championship since 2005 with a 2-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth in tonight's title game.
Both teams were scoreless in the first period, and shots on goal were nearly even with 14 for
Both teams were scoreless through much of the second period as well. The Gophers came back from intermission with a spark, and put eight shots on goal in the first five minutes of the period. Senior Emily West had a breakaway and didn't score, but got a penalty shot, marking the first penalty shot attempt by a Gopher player since the 2007-08 season. West didn't score on the penalty shot. West drew a penalty on UMD's Tea Villila with two minutes left in the period, and she scored on the power play a minute and 16 seconds later to give the Gophers a one-goal lead. Rachel Ramsey and Sarah Davis had assists on the goal.
The Bulldogs outshot the Gophers 10-8 in the final period and had some close scoring chances, but Noora Raty and the
Noora Raty got her 10th shutout of the season and 25th of her career with the win. She has a record of 30-5-2 this season. After not allowing a goal in either WCHA Final Face-off game, she was named the Tournament MVP. Also on the all-tournament team were Sarah Davis, Emily West and Anne Schleper.
WCHA First Round Tickets On Sale Now
Minnesota will host a WCHA First Round best-of-three series at Ridder Arena Feb. 26-28.
Gophers Head to UMD for Road Finale
No. 3 Minnesota faces Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena in the team's final regular-season road trip this weekend.
Gophers Tie UND 0-0, Fall in Shootout
Minnesota and North Dakota skated to a scoreless tie in the series finale Saturday evening.