Final: UMD women 4, Minnesota State-Mankato 2

Junior center Brienna Gillanders scored a pair of goals Sunday afternoon as No. 10-ranked Minnesota Duluth defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 4-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at Amsoil Arena in front of 1,333 fans. That broke a UMD three-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs (14-11-3, 13-10-1 WCHA) broke a 1-1 tie as Gillanders scored 7:08 into the second period and senior center Jessica Wong made it 3-1 with 3:25 left in the period. Wong has 48 goals and 120 points in 137 career games. Jenna McParland had two assists.

Gillanders added a goal midway through the third period before Mankato’s Lauren Smith scored nine second later. Smith, a senior, has 21 goals this season and 41 for her career. Mankato (10-17-3, 6-15-3) won 2-1 Saturday and was 2-1-1 against UMD this season.

Senior winger Pernilla Winberg had a first-period shorthanded goal for UMD. She has 45 career goals and 111 points in 133 games.

Winning goalie Kayla Black had 22 saves as UMD led in shots on goal 27-24.

The Bulldogs play at No. 8 Wisconsin (17-9-2) this Saturday and next Sunday.

Minnesota State-Mankato… 1-0-1 — 2
Minnesota Duluth……………. .1-2-1
— 4

First period — 1. UMD, Pernilla Winberg 10 (Jenna McParland), 11:06 (sh); 2. Mankato, Kathleen Rogan 8 (Lauren Smith, Emilia Andersson), 12:37 (pp). Penalties — Erica Magnusson, Mankato (hooking), 1:54; Tea Villila, UMD (interference), 10:42; Shara Jasper, UMD (tripping), 11:14; Jordan Krause, UMD (roughing), 17:15; Kelsie Scott, Mankato (elbowing), 18:40.

Second period — 3. UMD, Brienna Gillanders 7 (Aleksandra Vafina, Emma Stauber), 7:08; 4. UMD, Jessica Wong 7 (McParland), 16:35. Penalties — Lauren Barnes, Mankato (tripping), 8:54; Smith, Mankato (checking), 10:13; Gillanders, UMD (roughing), 10:13.

Third period — 5. UMD, Gillanders 8 (Vanessa Thibault), 10:37; 6. Mankato, Smith 21, 10:46. Penalties — Brigette Lacquette, UMD (checking), 4:05; Tracy McCann, Mankato (slashing), 16:53.

Shots on goal — Mankato 7-10-7–24, UMD 6-14-7–27. Goalies — Erin Krichiver (1-1), Mankato (27 shots-23 saves); Kayla Black (13-11-3), UMD (24 shots-22 saves). Power plays — Mankato 1-of-4, UMD 0-of-4. Referees —Dan Lick, David Spivey. Linesmen — Shane Paskey, Joe Oberg. A —1,333.

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