The Gophers’ win Saturday against Bemidji State completed a sweep that started with a 10-0 throttling Friday — though not without a battle from the Beavers.
Gophers junior defenseman Rachel Ramsey said after Friday’s game that contests against Bemidji State tend to be either blowouts or down-to-the-wire games.
Though Saturday’s game wasn’t quite a thriller, the Beavers put up a bigger fight in Minnesota’s 5-3 win.
The Gophers lit the lamp early and often Friday, with seven players scoring goals. Sophomore forward Hannah Brandt, junior forward Rachael Bona and senior forward Sarah Davis each scored twice.
Minnesota jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period but sealed the game in the second frame with five goals in a little more than four minutes.
“I thought we did a real good job of just getting people to the net, which is hard to do against them,” head coach Brad Frost said Friday. “We did that, and we were successful and able to put the puck in [the net].”
Ramsey, Bona, Davis and freshman forward Kate Schipper recorded four points apiece in the rout.
Minnesota already led 7-0 by the midway point in the game, and it took an 8-0 lead into the third period.
Frost said he thought the Beavers would come out better Saturday, and they did.
The Gophers jumped out to another 4-0 lead, which included freshman forward Kate Flug’s first college goal.
That 4-0 lead didn’t stick.
“When we built that lead last night, the pucks kept going in the net,” Frost said Saturday. “This time, Bemidji [State] had something to say about getting some quick goals scored on them.”
Bemidji State scored three goals in less than two minutes in the second period, bringing the score to 4-3.
Brandt said her team’s early lead might have caused it to let off the gas.
“I think that’s when we might have stepped back a little bit [and] thought it was going to be another 10-0 game, and we just can’t think that way,” she said.
After Bemidji State’s third goal, Frost called a timeout, which seemed to halt the momentum.
“I don’t know if [the timeout] necessarily is what got [us] going again, but we certainly hit a lull there that almost cost us the hockey game,” Frost said.
Brandt added a goal late in the second period to make it 5-3. Frost said it was a good response following the timeout.
“I was happy with about 57 minutes of [the game],” Frost said.
The same goes for most of the weekend.
“The biggest thing was [getting] six points here this weekend,” Frost said. “It wasn’t about our opponents — it was about us and making sure we got six points.”