|December 01, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||16:25||BSU||Jorde, Briana (Fawcett, Reilly )|
|2||13:42||MINN||Reilly, Caitlin (Zumwinkle, Grace , Schammel, Nicole)|
|2||15:35||MINN||Brown, Emily (Marshall, Patti , Piazza, Cara)|
|2||19:08||BSU||Beebe, Paige (Langei, Mak )|
|4||04:34||MINN||Zumwinkle, Grace (Reilly, Caitlin , Baldwin, Sydney)|
|Shots on Goal||26||37|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the second time this season, No. 6/5 University of Minnesota stunned the Bemidji State University women’s hockey in overtime by scoring with 26.7 seconds left to win, 3-2, Friday night. The Beavers (5-10-2, 3-7-1-1 WCHA) and Gophers (14-4-1, 9-3-1-0 WCHA) were even at 2-2 after three periods until Minnesota’s Grace Zumwinkle scored the game-winning goal at 4:34 of overtime.
Bemidji State opened the scoring when sophomore Briana Jorde scored her first career goal off a shot from just past the left circle to put BSU up 1-0, 16:25 into the first period. The first period would end with BSU up 1-0 but the Gophers came out in the second period with new fire looking for the game-tying goal.
They would tie the game when Caitlin Reilly tallied a power-play goal 13:42 into the middle frame. Minnesota took its first lead of the game just 2:07 later when freshman Emily Brown scored her second goal of the season for the 2-1 lead. The Beavers would respond before the period’s end however, and with just 52 seconds left in the period, freshman Paige Beebe scored her fourth goal of the season to tie the game.
Lauren Bench and Sidney Peters would be perfect in the third period stopping 14 and 10 shots, respectively during the final frame to keep the score tied at two and force an extra overtime period. The overtime period would be a back-and-forth contest with each team having opportunities to win the game. However, it would be Minnesota who would come out on top when freshman Zumwinkle scored with 26.7 seconds remaining for the 3-2 overtime win.
It would be the second time this season the Gophers beat Bemidji State in overtime after having won 4-3 on Oct. 14 in Bemidji.
Bench finished with 34 saves in the game including 16 in the third and overtime periods, two shy from a career-high. Peters stopped 24-of-26 shots by the Beavers to improve to 8-3-0 on the season.
Junior Reilly Fawcett tallied an assist in the game for her eighth of the season setting a new career-high with eight points (0g-8a) on the season while freshman Mak Langei also added an assist, her sixth of the season.
Bemidji State will try to even the series tomorrow for the series finale at 4:07 p.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).