The No. 3 University of Minnesota women's hockey team fell for the first time in the 2005-06 season, dropping a 3-1 contest to top- ranked St. Lawrence, tonight in Ridder Arena. The loss marked the first time the Gophers lost at home since February of 2004. Minnesota finishes the weekend, 1-1-0 after winning the season opener against Connecticut Friday night.
SLU attacked early, scoring a power-play goal at 10:34 of the first period. The Saints' Alison Domenico scored on a five-on-three attempt. The lead held into the first intermission and continued until 15:30 of the second. Domenico scored an even-strength goal with Annie Guay and Marianna Locke assisting on the play.
Trailing, 2-0, the Gophers got on the board at 17:10 of the second period to cut the Saints' lead in half. Bobbi Ross scored her first goal of her sophomore season with Andrea Nichols and Erica McKenzie assisting on the play. McKenzie started the play passing it to Nichols, who was camped out a the hash mark. Nichols found Ross and she shot the puck far side for her 16th career goal and 11th on the power play.
However, SLU came storming back, scoring a power-play goal at 19:55 of the second period. It was the second power-play given up by the Gophers in the game.
Brittony Chartier started in net for Minnesota, dropping her first contest of her Gopher career. Chartier had four saves in the first, 18 in the second and five in the third for a three-period total of 27.
The Gophers open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season next weekend, Oct. 14-15 as they face Bemidji State. Both games are slated for a 2:07 p.m. start in Bemidji, Minn. at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. Minnesota's next home action is Oct. 28-29 as the Gophers host Minnesota Duluth.