ERIE, Pa. – Taylor Wente scored the game-winning goal on the power play to seal a 2-1 overtime win over Mercyhurst for the No. 6 Minnesota women's hockey team at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Friday afternoon.
After Mercyhurst tied the game late in regulation, Minnesota capitalized in overtime when the Lakers were called for too many skaters on the ice. Grace Zumwinkle ripped a shot and Caitlin Reilly got a stick on the rebound and fed it to Wente, who knocked the puck past Mercyhurst netminder Sarah McDonnell to end it at the 3:13 mark of overtime.
"I'm proud of our team, the way we fought back there and found a way to win it after giving up a goal late," head coach Brad Frost said. "Alex Gulstene played exceptional, in particular in the last minute, making a big save to allow us to get to overtime."
The game was ultimately decided by special teams as both of Minnesota's goals came on the power play. The Gophers were 2-for-5 on the power play while holding Mercyhurst to 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Minnesota (8-4-1, 6-3-1-0 WCHA) led 1-0 most of the game after Nicole Schammel gave the Maroon & Gold a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Wente and Zumwinkle set up Schammel's sixth goal of the season at the 9:39 mark of the first period, just 11 seconds into the team's first power play of the game.
The second period saw both teams go scoreless, including one power play apiece. Minnesota outshot Mercyhurst 11-3 during the middle frame but could not extend its lead.
"It was a good 2-1 win on the road; it maybe didn't go as scripted," Frost said. "We played really well through two periods, only gave up five shots in that 40 minutes -- credit Mercyhurst, they came out guns blazing in the third and got us on our heels. We couldn't really recover there until overtime."
Alex Gulstene made 20 saves, including 14 in the third period as the Lakers outshot the Gophers, 15-2 over the final 20 minutes. Mercyhurst's McDonnell finished with 19 saves.
The Gophers and Lakers wrap up this week's non-conference series with game two at 2 p.m. CT Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
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