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College women's hockey: Bulldogs frozen out of Frozen Four by Gophers

University of Minnesota women's hockey goaltender Sidney Peters figured this could be another long one, so during the second intermission of Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth, the junior took a bathroom break.

T03.11.2017 -- Steve Kuchera -- 031217.S.DNT.UMDwpuxC4 -- Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney moves to cover the puck as teammate Catherine Daoust and Minnesota’s Caitlin Reilly run into her during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney moves to cover the puck as teammate Catherine Daoust and Minnesota’s Caitlin Reilly run into her during Saturday's game at Amsoil Arena. Steve Kuchera / Forum News Service

University of Minnesota women's hockey goaltender Sidney Peters figured this could be another long one, so during the second intermission of Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth, the junior took a bathroom break.

Fortunately for the Gophers, Peters didn't have to work overtime as Patti Marshall's goal 7:54 into the third period lifted fifth-ranked Minnesota to a 1-0 victory over third-ranked UMD in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals before 1,549 at Amsoil Arena.

Peters finished with 25 saves for her eighth shutout of the season in her first year starting for the Gophers (26-7-5), who advance to their sixth straight Frozen Four, where they will take on Clarkson on Friday at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

"To me this is a new experience," Peters said. "I've been to the Frozen Four three times now and played in three championship games, but I was on the bench for all three, so it definitely has a special little taste to it since I've gotten to play a different role. I'm really excited to see what next weekend holds for us."

Peters made 39 saves last weekend but was on the losing end as player of the year finalist Lara Stalder lifted UMD to a 2-1 semifinal victory over Minnesota with a goal in double overtime of the longest game in WCHA Final Face-Off history.

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UMD sophomore goalie Maddie Rooney made a Final Face-Off and program-record 62 saves in that contest. She was sharp again Saturday, making 28 saves for the Bulldogs (25-7-5).

In five playoff games, Rooney stopped 184 of the 192 shots she faced, good for a .958 save percentage.

"Rooney kept us in the game," Stalder said. "She made huge saves for us."

Stalder, a senior Olympian from Switzerland, will find out if she is the Bulldogs' first recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award during a brunch next weekend as part of the Frozen Four.

An emotional Stalder was way too hard on herself, feeling she should have broken up the backdoor pass that led to Marshall's game-winning goal.

It was a pretty play. Minnesota center Kelly Pannek had the puck along the left boards and curled in, only to see Marshall hesitate, then crash the net from the opposite side. Pannek's pass was on target and Marshall delivered. For Marshall, a defenseman, it was only her third goal of the season, which is hard to believe given the timing on the play was perfect, like clockwork.

"I don't know of anybody else in the country makes that play other than Kelly Pannek," Minnesota coach Brad Frost said. "You talk about what separates Kelly from every other player and it's the vision you saw right there. That's a big-time big-time play, and for Patti to see it, get in the right spot and then to finish, 90 percent of the time that hits a player's stick and goes into the corner because they're not strong enough on their stick. And she just buried it. Just a phenomenal play."

UMD, which outshot Minnesota 11-7 in the final period, had its share of chances, including at least three shots off the crossbar: a point-blank shot by senior center Katherine McGovern in the first period, a breakaway backhand attempt by Katerina Mrazova in the second period and senior Ashleigh Brykaliuk's shot from the left circle with about two minutes left in the second that deflected high into the air but fell harmlessly away from the net.

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"We came in after the second period and had just rung a few off the post or crossbar, but that's hockey for you," Brykaliuk said. "It comes down to those inches, and in tight games like that, the bounces go either way. Those ones are tough. If those shots were just little bit lower, it would have been a totally different game. But you see that in all big games, back-and-forth hockey, where the puck could have gone in for both teams a few more times. It's part of the game, but those are the ones that hurt a little bit more."

So while it was looking a lot like last week, Marshall and Peters made sure there would be no repeat. While Rooney was making saves with every part of her equipment imaginable, including her skates, Peters had perhaps the save of the day, a sprawling glove stop seemingly out of nowhere to ensure there would be no overtime.

Peters laughed when asked if she was ready to go five periods again.

"Before the third period I remember thinking to myself, 'Man, I need to make sure I (go to the bathroom), so in overtime I don't have to get off the ice," she said. "UMD has a great team and Rooney has been playing fantastic, so I was definitely coming into the game knowing it was going to be close one and there was a chance it could go into overtime. That's the kind the kind of hockey game you want to play, especially this time of year. You want to be challenged, and we were."

Minnesota............... 0-0-1-1
Minnesota Duluth... 0-0-0-0
First period - No scoring. Penalties - Ashleigh Brykaliuk, UMD (tripping), 16:45.
Second period - No scoring. Penalties - Dami Crossman, UMD (interference), 2:16; Sophie Skarzynski, Minn. (checking), 15:54.
Third period - 1. Minn, Patti Marshall 3 (Kelly Pannek, Sarah Potomak), 7:54.
Shots on goal - Minn. 11-11-7-29; UMD 4-10-11-25. Goalies - Sidney Peters, Minn. (25 shots-25 saves); Maddie Rooney, UMD (29-28); Power plays - Minn. 0-of-2; UMD 0-of-1.
Referees - Scott Roth, Casey Enge. Linesmen - Mike Kaehler, Glendon Seal. Att. - 1,549.

Related Topics: COLLEGE HOCKEY
Jon Nowacki joined the News Tribune in August 1998 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Stephen, Minnesota, in the northwest corner of the state, where he was actively involved in school and sports and was a proud member of the Tigers’ 1992 state championship nine-man football team.

After graduating in 1993, Nowacki majored in print journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, serving as editor of the college paper, “The Aquin,” and graduating with honors in December 1997. He worked with the Associated Press during the “tobacco trial” of 1998, leading to the industry’s historic $206 billion settlement, before moving to Duluth.

Nowacki started as a prep reporter for the News Tribune before moving onto the college ranks, with an emphasis on Minnesota Duluth football, including coverage of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II championships in 2008 and 2010.

Nowacki continues to focus on college sports while filling in as a backup on preps, especially at tournament time. He covers the Duluth Huskies baseball team and auto racing in the summer. When time allows, he also writes an offbeat and lighthearted food column entitled “The Taco Stand,” a reference to the “Taco Jon” nickname given to him by his older brother when he was a teenager that stuck with him through college. He has a teenage daughter, Emma.

Nowacki can be reached at jnowacki@duluthnews.com or (218) 380-7027. Follow him on Twitter @TacoJon1.
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