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Bulldogs battle back, but Gophers get the edge 3-2 in overtime

Gabby Krause and Nina Jobst-Smith scored for UMD while Taylor Heise scored the game-winner for Minnesota

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Minnesota Duluth defenseman Nina Jobst-Smith (28) controls the puck along the boards against Wisconsin at Amsoil Arena on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Duluth.
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MINNEAPOLIS — A strong start to regulation, as well as overtime, gave No. 1 Minnesota a 3-2 OT victory over No. 5 Minnesota Duluth in WCHA play Friday at Ridder Arena.

The Golden Gophers, who host the Bulldogs again at 2 p.m. Saturday in Minneapolis, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 6:02 of play, but needed a goal by fifth-year senior forward and captain Taylor Heise 15 seconds into 3-on-3 to escape with the win.

Sophomore wing Gabby Krause and junior defenseman Nina Jobst-Smith scored for the Bulldogs, with Krause cutting the Gophers’ lead in half 5:24 into the second period and Jobst-Smith tying the game on the power play with 16:57 to go in regulation.

For Jobst-Smith, it was her second goal in three games, with the first being an OT game-winner against Wisconsin last Friday in Duluth.

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Minnesota’s regulation goals came from sophomore forward Ella Huber in the opening two minutes of play and from fifth-year senior transfer defenseman Lizi Norton just after the six-minute mark.

Norton was in a UMD sweater eight months ago when the Bulldogs upset the Gophers in an NCAA regional final. She was expected to return to UMD for a fifth season in 2022-23, but instead entered the transfer portal at the deadline before defecting to the Gophers.

Gophers sophomore goaltender Skylar Vetter finished with 27 saves on 29 shots while UMD fifth-year senior goalie Emma Soderberg stopped 29 of the 32 pucks she faced.

Friday was the fourth consecutive Friday that UMD’s game went into overtime. All four games have come in WCHA play, with UMD beating Minnesota State and Wisconsin at home in 3-on-3, but falling to Ohio State and Minnesota on the road.

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