The Whitecaps faced off against the University of Minnesota Gophers last Friday night, in their only meeting this season, and the Gophers came away with a 5-2 win.
It was a slow start for the Whitecaps as the Gophers scored three times in the first period. However, the Whitecaps drew within one halfway through the second period after linemates Kate Schipper and Lauren Barnes each found the back of the net. Schipper's goal came just 43 seconds into the period, and Barnes assisted on the play. Later in the frame, it was Barnes who converted off assists from Kelly Buchta and Amy Menke. The Gophers responded with two more of their own before the end of the second, including a power play goal with only six seconds remaining.
There was no scoring in the third period. The Gophers outshot the Whitecaps 38-25, and Julie Friend made 33 saves in the loss.
On Saturday, the Whitecaps traveled to Duluth to meet the Bulldogs in an afternoon contest. Once again the Whitecaps found themselves in a 3-0 hole after one period. Four goals were scored in the second period - one by the Whitecaps and three by the Bulldogs. Lighting the lamp for the Whitecaps was Haylea Schmid who buried a shot from the slot on a nice feed from Kari Lundberg. Brooke White-Lancette was credited with the second assist.
Chelsey Rosenthal got the Whitecaps back on the board with a goal midway through the third period on a laser shot from the point, after receiving a great pass from Sadie Lundquist. Margo Lund also got an assist on the play. The Bulldogs rounded out the scoring late in the game, bringing the final score to 7-2.
For the Whitecaps in net, Allie Morse made 32 saves through two periods before an injury led to Cassi Grandner replacing her in the third. Grandner made nine saves on ten shots.
Box scores are attached below.