MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team fell to Wisconsin by a score of 3-1 in the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota (30-5-1) awaits its NCAA tournament fate as the NCAA Selection Show is set for 8 p.m. CT Sunday evening and will be broadcast live on NCAA.com. With the WCHA postseason championship, Wisconsin (32-4-2) received the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament
Minnesota got its lone goal from Grace Zumwinkle and received 22 saves from goaltender Sydney Scobee. Wisconsin outshot the Maroon & Gold, 25-21, for the game, and Kristen Campbell posted 20 saves for the Badgers.
The Badgers got on the board first with a goal by Caitlin Schneider at the 8:11 mark of the first period before extending its lead to two early in the second period when Britta Curl scored the eventual game-winner at the 2:41 mark of the middle frame.
Zumwinkle responded midway through the period, capitalizing on Minnesota’s second power play of the game with her team-leading 25th goal and seventh power-play goal of the season. She buried a feed from Emily Brown and Nicole Schammel to cut Wisconsin’s lead to one.
The third period saw Minnesota pressure and outshoot the Badgers, 9-5, but UW sealed the victory with an empty-net goal from Annie Pankowski with 1:05 remaining after the Gophers pulled Scobee for the extra attacker.
The Gophers went one-for-three on the power play while holding the Badgers scoreless on their lone power play of the game.
The Gophers will face Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinal round as the NCAA unveiled the eight-team National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship bracket Sunday evening.
Minnesota and Princeton will face off at 4 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena.
The University of Minnesota (2-11) baseball team put on a late rally before falling to Washington 7-5 at the Seattle Baseball Showcase. The Golden Gophers scored four runs in the eighth inning and had two runners on base in the ninth. The Maroon and Gold had a weekend-best 13 hits on Sunday, including a 3-for-5 performance with a double and 2 RBIs for Ben Mezzenga. Easton Bertrand and Riley Smith each hit 2-for-4. Washington tallied 10 hits and eight walks.
Washington (8-4) got on the scoreboard early, going ahead 1-0 on a squeeze play in the first. The Huskies added three straight two-out singles to extend the lead to 3-0. Starter Joshua Culliver recovered with a 1-2-3 second inning before the Huskies tacked on a run in each of the next four innings to make it 7-1. The Gophers limited damage in the third and sixth inning by ending each with a double play. Culliver took the loss after allowing five runs, four of them earned, in three innings.
Mezzenga led off the game with a single, and Minnesota had one-out singles from Mezzenga and Eli Wilson in the third, but the Gophers did not capitalize on early baserunners until the fifth. Bertrand doubled off the right field wall and scored when Mezzenga hit a double of his own to left-center.
The Gophers rallied in the eighth after winning pitcher Josh Burgmann left the game in favor of Stevie Emanuels. Cole McDevitt singled and Jack Wassel and Smith walked to load the bases. With one out, Bertrand singled in a run and Jordan Kozicky doubled in two more. Mezzenga battled for an RBI groundout to make it 7-5.
Minnesota used seven pitchers in the showcase finale. A bullpen highlight at the end of the game was Gus Radel’s relief appearance in the eighth in which he recorded three consecutive outs to strand two Washington base runners.
In the top of the ninth, Minnesota threatened again. Max Meyer notched a leadoff single. The next two Gophers were retired before Smith doubled to advance Meyer to third. Emanuels got a strikeout to seal the game for Washington.
The Gophers will conclude their road trip with a game at Seattle University on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 22 University of Minnesota Gophers picked up the series win over No. 9/10 Texas with a 3-1 victory this afternoon.
The Gophers now have three ranked wins on the season including this weekend’s two top-10 victories over the Longhorns. Minnesota is now 15-7 on the season.
I’m proud of the entire weekend we had,” Trachsel said. “I’m most proud of coming out today and responding from yesterday.”
Trachsel picked up the 300th win of her career with today’s victory. She has picked up 56 of those wins in her time at Minnesota.
Amber Fiser recorded the win in the circle and improves to 8-5 on the season. In six innings she only allowed one run on eight hits and struck out two batters.
The Gophers wasted no time jumping out to the lead, scoring two runs in the first frame. Ellee Jensen drew a walk to start things off. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from MaKenna Partain and scored on a Maddie Houlihan single as the catcher couldn’t corral a throw home. Natalie DenHartog notched her ninth RBI of the weekend later to score Houlihan and make it 2-0 early.
The lone Longhorns run came in the bottom of the first inning. They scraped across eight hits on the day but the majority of it was small ball and the Gophers were able to keep them in check.
Partain smacked a double in the third and scored as Hope Brandner found shallow center for an RBI-single.
The bats went quiet for the Gophers as the game went on but the 3-1 lead was all Fiser and the field would need. Rachel Lowary came in the game seventh and slammed the door shut on the weekend with a strikeout and no hits allowed.