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The Minnesota Whitecaps traveled to Wentzville, Missouri on October 15th and 16th to face Lindenwood for a two-game series.
In Game 1, the Lady Lions scored first on a shot from the slot by Kirsten Martin at the 5:43 mark of the first period. The Whitecaps headed to intermission down 1-0 on the scoreboard, but leading 15-5 in shots on goal.
It was Minnesota who struck early in the second frame when Hannah Brandt converted on a two-on-one, just 56 seconds into the period. Brook Garzone chipped the puck off the boards to Brandt who fired top shelf on the rush with Kendall Coyne. Coyne and Garzone were both credited with assists.
There were no more goals scored in regulation or overtime, so the teams headed to a shootout. Coyne was the only Whitecap who scored in the four-round shootout, while both Cierra Paisley and Sarah Bobrowski were able to beat Whitecaps goaltender Alli Altmann. Final shots on the game were 43-24 in favor of Minnesota.
In Game 2, both teams were able to generate more offense, as the Whitecaps held on to win 4-3. Martin opened the scoring again for Lindenwood in the first period, but Meaghan Pezon answered back with a wrist shot 41 seconds into the second period, on assists from Chelsey Rosenthal and Haylea Schmid.
Brook Garzone added a goal midway through the second, as she buried a rebound of a Jenny Potter shot to put the Whitecaps up 2-1. Potter and Brooke White-Lancette had assists on the play. The Lady Lions answered with a goal of their own by Paisley, tying the score at 2-2. But the line of Pezon, Brandt, and Scmid continued their strong play and put the Whitecaps up 3-2 on Schmid's first of two goals on the day.
In the third, Paisley again tied the score when she beat Whitecaps netminder Julie Friend. But it was Schmid who got the game winner when she buried a great feed from Pezon. Rose Alleva and Pezon received assists on the play.
Final shots on goal were 35-30 in favor of Lindenwood. Box scores from both games are included below.