Knowles Sends Minnesota Past Lindenwood In Overtime, 4-3
Freshman defenseman Olivia Knowles scores 50 seconds into overtime for Gophers

Freshman defenseman Olivia Knowles scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:09  MIN1-0 EV Sydney Baldwin (4)Alex Woken/7, Sophie Skarzynski/11
1st 15:14  MIN2-0 EV Cara Piazza (6)Tianna Gunderson/1, Kippin Keller/8
2nd 6:53  LIN1-2 EV Taylor Girard (7) -
2nd 10:30  LIN2-2 PP Cierra Paisley (4)Sierra Burt/3, Courtney Ganske/7
2nd 12:14  MIN3-2 EV Olivia Knowles (4)Alex Woken/8, Sophie Skarzynski/12
3rd 6:21  LIN3-3 PS Taylor Girard (8) -
OT 0:50  MIN4-3 PP GW Olivia Knowles (5)Sophie Skarzynski/13, Cara Piazza/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Minnesota  21014
Lindenwood  02103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Minnesota  231112147
Lindenwood  585018
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (13-4-1)  1/5 4/8 0
Lindenwood (2-9-1)  1/3 5/10 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Alex Gulstene (W, 6-1-1)60:503 564015
Lindenwood Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jolene deBruyn (L, 1-7-1)60:474 211012043
Empty Net0:030      

WENTZVILLE, Mo. - Olivia Knowles scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and Sophie Skarzynski recorded her second-straight three-assist game to lead the No. 6 Minnesota women's hockey team to a 4-3 overtime win over Lindenwood Sunday afternoon.

The Gophers (13-4-1, 8-3-1-0 WCHA) received first-period goals from co-captains Sydney Baldwin and Cara Piazza, who also added an assist for a two-point game, and Alex Woken recorded a pair of assists in the win. Knowles scored Minnesota's third and fourth goals, and Alex Gulstene made 15 saves in her sixth career win as Minnesota outshot Lindenwood, 47-18.

Both teams converted once on the power play. Minnesota held Lindenwood to 1-for-3, and the Gophers went 1-for-5 but scored when it counted most. Knowles' game-winner came on the power play just 50 seconds into overtime after Lindsay Agnew drew a penalty on Lindenwood's Mariah Hinds in the final 10 seconds of regulation.

Lindenwood (2-9-1, 2-4-0 CHA) rallied to tie the game twice, ultimately sending the game to overtime on a penalty shot goal by Taylor Girard -- her second goal of the game. The Lions also received a goal from Cierra Paisley and got 43 saves from netminder Jolene deBruyn.

Baldwin and Piazza each found the back of the net in the first period, giving Minnesota a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Baldwin scored her fourth goal of the year off a feed from Woken and Skarzynski just 2:09 into the game before Piazza's shot found its way past deBruyn with 4:46 to go in the opening frame.

The second period saw Lindenwood tie the game at 2-2 on goals from Girard and Paisley before Knowles scored her first of the game and second of the series to put Minnesota back on top.

The Lions again tied the game in the third period. Lindenwood was awarded a penalty shot and Girard converted to tie the game at 3-3 with 13:39 remaining.

The Gophers only needed one shot on goal and 50 seconds of play to seal the 4-3 win in overtime. After winning 3-1 in game one of the series, Minnesota improved to 10-0-0 on the road and extended its winning streak to eight games.

The Gophers return to WCHA action at Ridder Arena when the team hosts Bemidji State this week. Puck drop is set for 6:07 p.m. CT Friday and 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday.

Minnesota's annual Teddy Bear Toss will take place during Saturday's game; fans are invited to bring new stuffed animals to donate to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital by throwing the stuffed animals on the ice when the first Gopher goal is scored. Fans who bring a stuffed animal to donate will receive free admission to Saturday's game.