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 WCHA Final Face-Off championship game(03/09/2013) 
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Arlan Marttila: 

Welcome to the WCHA Final Face-Off championship game matching the University of North Dakota (26-10-1) and the Minnesota Golden Gophers (37-0-0).

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:55 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

This is the first appearance in the league title game for North Dakota. It becomes the fifth program to reach this round:

Team (WCHA championship game appearances)
North Dakota (1)
Ohio State (1)
Minnesota-Duluth (7)
Wisconsin (7)
Minnesota (12)

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:55 Arlan Marttila
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North Dakota is attempting to become the fourth program to claim a WCHA crown. The others are:

Team (WCHA playoff titles)
Minnesota (4)
Wisconsin (4)
Minnesota-Duluth (5)

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:56 Arlan Marttila
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North Dakota is led in scoring by:
Player, Class, Position, Games Played (Goals-Assists-Points)
Jocelyne Lamoureux, SR, F, 37 (35-46-81)
Monique Lamoureux, SR, D, 37 (26-39-65)
Michelle Karvinen, JR, F, 25 (18-28-46)
Josefine Jakobsen, SO, F, 35 (16-25-41)
Meghan Dufault, FR, F, 36 (18-21-39)

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:56 Arlan Marttila
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The primary goaltender is redshirt freshman Shelby Amsley-Benzie. She’s played in 21 games with a record of 13-6-1, a Goals Against Average of 2.24, a Save Percentage of .907 and 3 shutouts.

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:57 Arlan Marttila
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UND is on a program-record 13-game unbeaten streak that started after losing at home to Wisconsin, 2-1, on January 19. Its 26 wins is also a program best, surpassing the 22 victories from last year.

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:57 Arlan Marttila
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Minnesota is led in scoring by:
Player, Class, Position, Games Played (Goals-Assists-Points)
Amanda Kessel, JR, F, 33 (43-51-94)
Hannah Brandt, FR, F, 37 (30-49-79)
Megan Bozek, SR, D, 37 (19-34-53)
Maryanne Menefee, FR, F, 31 (15-19-34)
Becky Kortum, SR, F, 36 (14-17-31)
Kelly Terry, JR, F, 35 (8-23-31)

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:58 Arlan Marttila
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The primary Minnesota goaltender is senior Noora Räty. She’s played in 34 games with a record of 34-0-0, a Goals Against Average of 0.90, a Save Percentage of .957, and an NCAA record of 16 shutouts. She also holds the NCAA records for careers wins (110) and shutouts (42).

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:58 Arlan Marttila
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Minnesota is on an NCAA-record 45-game winning streak that started after losing at home to North Dakota, 2-1 in overtime, on February 17, 2012. Its 37 wins ties the NCAA record set by Wisconsin in 2011.

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:59 Arlan Marttila
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The lines for tonight’s game for No. 3 seeded North Dakota, the visiting team:
LW / C / RW
Ashley Furia / Jocelyne Lamoureux /Meghan Dufault
Michelle Karvinen / Josefine Jakobsen / Mary Loken
Andrea Dalen / Becca Kohler / Megan Gilbert
Allison Parizek / / Layla Marvin
Defensemen
Sam LaShomb / Monique Lamoureux
Tanja Eisenschmid / Samantha Hanson
Jordan Slavin / Tori Williams
/ Kayla Berg
Goaltenders
Shelby Amsley-Benzie
Jorid Dagfinrud
Michelle Bonapace-Potvin

Saturday March 9, 2013 6:59 Arlan Marttila
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The lines tonight for top-seeded Minnesota:
LW / C / RW
Bethany Brausen / Sarah Davis / Meghan Lorence
Maryanne Menefee / Hannah Brandt / Amanda Kessel
Becky Kortum / Kelly Terry / Rachael Bona
Sam Downey / Katie Frischmann / Brook Garzone
Defensemen
Baylee Gillanders / Megan Bozek
Lee Stecklein / Rachel Ramsey
Milica McMillen / Mira Jalosuo
Goaltenders
Noora Räty
Amanda Leveille
Shyler Sletta

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:00 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

The teams are on the ice.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:00 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

North Dakota starters are
G – Amsley-Benzie
D- LaShomb and M. Lamoureux
F – Kohler / J Lamoureux / Dufault

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:03 Arlan Marttila
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Minnesota starters are:
G – Raty
D – Gillanders and Bozek
F – Kortum / Terry / Bona

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:05 Arlan Marttila
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We’re under way.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:07 Arlan Marttila
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Brandt line had a flurry, but no chances.

UND gets a shot that Raty gloves.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:09 Arlan Marttila
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Davis just missed an empty net.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:10 Arlan Marttila
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Raty blockers a Dufault shot and covers the rebound shot.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:11 Arlan Marttila
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UND called for icing.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:12 Arlan Marttila
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Dalen with a shot gloved by Raty.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:13 Arlan Marttila
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Menefee missed net on feed from Kessel; closest call yet.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:14 Arlan Marttila
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UND flung puck in from center, Raty didn’t see it coming and reacted at the last instant.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:16 Arlan Marttila
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North Dakota offside.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:17 Arlan Marttila
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UND ices the puck

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:19 Arlan Marttila
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Dufault on the rush sealed off by Stecklein, and the puck now goes out of play.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:21 Arlan Marttila
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Benzie saves a shot from Stecklein

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:21 Arlan Marttila
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Toe save on a shot by Davis

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:22 Arlan Marttila
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Kessel shoots wide from Bona

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:22 Arlan Marttila
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Raty stops LaShomb; Minnesota counters, but Benzie saves

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:23 Arlan Marttila
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Raty blockers Dufault

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:23 Arlan Marttila
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Minnesota offside; shots 9 to 4 in UND’s favor

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:24 Arlan Marttila
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[Comment From Meg Meg : ] 

Do you know by chance what the shots on goal are?

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:24 Meg
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Arlan Marttila: 

Kessel circles the zone, but Benzie covers her centering attempt.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:26 Arlan Marttila
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Bozek blasts from center, Benzie saves and covers

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:28 Arlan Marttila
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Bona shoots, Benzie saves and covers.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:29 Arlan Marttila
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Shots now UND 11; UM 6

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:30 Arlan Marttila
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UND called for icing

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:31 Arlan Marttila
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Brandt line flurry around the crease; Benzie covers

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:32 Arlan Marttila
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Jocelyne Lamoureux tackles Menefee and will sit

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:33 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

matching minors

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:35 Arlan Marttila
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end of the period

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:36 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota has 40 seconds of power play time remaining.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:36 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots for the 1st period unofficially were UND 11; Minnesota 10

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:37 Arlan Marttila
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Minor penalties near the end of the period where Kortum for slashing; LaShomb for roughing.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:38 Arlan Marttila
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Zamboni is off the ice; 5:30 left of intermission.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:46 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

In the period, each team attempted 20 shots; the Gophers blocked six to four by UND.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:48 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

The officials are back on the ice. The referees are Wrazidlo and Langley.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:50 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

The teams are back on the ice.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:51 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

The puck has been dropped.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:52 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

powerplay is over

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:52 Arlan Marttila
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Bona with a good chance in close but it doesn’t go

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:53 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Raty stops a 2-on-1

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:54 Arlan Marttila
7:54
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND has come out with a lot of jump

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:54 Arlan Marttila
7:55
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Arlan Marttila: 

NoDak ices the puck

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:55 Arlan Marttila
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[Comment From Gopher Gold Gopher Gold : ] 

Who’s controling the game?

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:55 Gopher Gold
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Arlan Marttila: 

Back and forth right now; shots are even for the period

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:55 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND penalty as Jalosuo was tripped

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:56 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Furia will go

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:56 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

slashing the call

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:57 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota gets the puck to the net; Benzie saves.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:57 Arlan Marttila
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Minnesota goal

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:57 Arlan Marttila
7:58
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Called off due to a high stick but being reviewed

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:58 Arlan Marttila
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1:35 of penalty remaining if no goal

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:59 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

High shot from the point and Benzie missed it, but it may have been tipped.

Saturday March 9, 2013 7:59 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

still reviewing

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:00 Arlan Marttila
8:01
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Arlan Marttila: 

The teams met in the WCHA semis a year ago and after Minnesota had a goal called back, it seemed to fire them up

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:01 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

no goal

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:02 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

faceoff in the Minnesota zone coming up.

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:02 Arlan Marttila
8:03
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Arlan Marttila: 

Brandt shoots Benzies saves but can’t control

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:03 Arlan Marttila
8:03
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Bozek scores from the point; PP goal

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:03 Arlan Marttila
8:04
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That’s her 20th goal; assists to Kessel and McMillen

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:04 Arlan Marttila
8:05
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Shots now 16-14 in favor of Minnesota

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:05 Arlan Marttila
8:06
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND with a great flurry but last shot was wide

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:06 Arlan Marttila
8:07
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Arlan Marttila: 

Menefee scores for UM on a breakaway

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:07 Arlan Marttila
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16th of the season, unassisted as of now.

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:07 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota called offside

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:08 Arlan Marttila
8:09
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Arlan Marttila: 

Bozek shoots, saved but a big rebound

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:09 Arlan Marttila
8:09
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Arlan Marttila: 

Menefee shoots and Benzie saves

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:09 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Icing on UND

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:10 Arlan Marttila
8:11
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND pressures, but Gophers clear

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:11 Arlan Marttila
8:12
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Arlan Marttila: 

Puck out of play; faceoff in UND defensive zone

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:12 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND ices

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:13 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots 20-17 UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:13 Arlan Marttila
8:13
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Arlan Marttila: 

Bozek shot kicked out

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:13 Arlan Marttila
8:15
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota controlling at the moment.

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:15 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

Terry line putting on pressure

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:16 Arlan Marttila
8:16
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND had a 3-on-2 with UM help coming but shot blocked out of play

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:16 Arlan Marttila
8:19
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Arlan Marttila: 

Monique Lamoureux will sit for 2:00

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:19 Arlan Marttila
8:19
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Arlan Marttila: 

Body checking the call

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:19 Arlan Marttila
8:20
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Karvinen with a shorthanded chance. Raty saves and holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:20 Arlan Marttila
8:20
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McMillen with a one-timer; Benzie saves

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:20 Arlan Marttila
8:21
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Puck is frozen with 37 seconds left on the PP for UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:21 Arlan Marttila
8:22
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota offside

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:22 Arlan Marttila
8:22
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots 26-18 for UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:22 Arlan Marttila
8:23
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Arlan Marttila: 

penalty over

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:23 Arlan Marttila
8:23
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Arlan Marttila: 

Gilbert topples Raty

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:23 Arlan Marttila
8:25
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Arlan Marttila: 

Raty blocker save on Monique

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:25 Arlan Marttila
8:26
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND pressures, but UM clears

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:26 Arlan Marttila
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Arlan Marttila: 

end of the second period

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:26 Arlan Marttila
8:27
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots 25 to 20 in favor of Minnesota

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:27 Arlan Marttila
8:40
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Arlan Marttila: 

Officials are back on the ice.

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:40 Arlan Marttila
8:40
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Arlan Marttila: 

Attempts in the last period were 30-18 in favor of Minnesota.

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:40 Arlan Marttila
8:41
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Arlan Marttila: 

Both goals came in the 2nd period

Bozek on the PP from Kessel and McMillen

and Menefee unassisted

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:41 Arlan Marttila
8:41
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Arlan Marttila: 

Teams are back

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:41 Arlan Marttila
8:42
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Arlan Marttila: 

Underway

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:42 Arlan Marttila
8:43
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Arlan Marttila: 

Amsley-Benzie gloves a long shot and holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:43 Arlan Marttila
8:45
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Gilbert shoots; Raty holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:45 Arlan Marttila
8:46
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Arlan Marttila: 

Slavin shoots from long range; Raty holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:46 Arlan Marttila
8:47
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Arlan Marttila: 

Dufault shot is swallowed up by Raty

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:47 Arlan Marttila
8:48
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Arlan Marttila: 

Crosschecking call on Terry of UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:48 Arlan Marttila
8:49
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Arlan Marttila: 

Karvinen shoots; Raty holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:49 Arlan Marttila
8:50
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota clears

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:50 Arlan Marttila
8:50
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47 seconds of PP remain

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:50 Arlan Marttila
8:50
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Arlan Marttila: 

Faceoff after Raty covers

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:50 Arlan Marttila
8:51
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota clears

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:51 Arlan Marttila
8:51
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Arlan Marttila: 

PP over

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:51 Arlan Marttila
8:52
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Arlan Marttila: 

Kohler shoots; Raty holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:52 Arlan Marttila
8:52
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Arlan Marttila: 

Slavin broke up a 3-on-1

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:52 Arlan Marttila
8:54
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Arlan Marttila: 

Back and forth in neutral

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:54 Arlan Marttila
8:55
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Icing on MN

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:55 Arlan Marttila
8:57
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Arlan Marttila: 

Ramsey shot just wide

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:57 Arlan Marttila
8:57
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Arlan Marttila: 

Icing on UND

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:57 Arlan Marttila
8:58
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots 27-26 UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:58 Arlan Marttila
8:58
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Arlan Marttila: 

Bozek hit pipe

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:58 Arlan Marttila
8:59
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Arlan Marttila: 

puck out of play

Saturday March 9, 2013 8:59 Arlan Marttila
9:00
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota is getting pucks deep and changing

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00 Arlan Marttila
9:02
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Arlan Marttila: 

Shots 30-28 UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:02 Arlan Marttila
9:02
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Arlan Marttila: 

Kessel deflects but hits the outside of the net.

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:02 Arlan Marttila
9:03
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Arlan Marttila: 

Puck out of play at center

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:03 Arlan Marttila
9:05
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota dumps and changes

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:05 Arlan Marttila
9:06
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Arlan Marttila: 

Kessel jams the puck in front; Benzie covers

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:06 Arlan Marttila
9:06
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Arlan Marttila: 

PUck deep and change

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:06 Arlan Marttila
9:07
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Arlan Marttila: 

Terry shot saved by Benzie

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:07 Arlan Marttila
9:07
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Arlan Marttila: 

Deep and change

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:07 Arlan Marttila
9:08
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Arlan Marttila: 

Penalty on Ramsey of UM for high stick

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:08 Arlan Marttila
9:10
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Arlan Marttila: 

UND net is empty — 6 on 4

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:10 Arlan Marttila
9:10
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Arlan Marttila: 

Gophers clear

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:10 Arlan Marttila
9:11
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Arlan Marttila: 

Raty saves and holds

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:11 Arlan Marttila
9:12
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Arlan Marttila: 

Final Gophers win 2-0

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:12 Arlan Marttila
9:13
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Arlan Marttila: 

I’ll stick around and announce the All Tournament team.

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:13 Arlan Marttila
9:13
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Arlan Marttila: 

Final shots were 34 – 30 for the Gophers

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:13 Arlan Marttila
9:13
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Arlan Marttila: 

Teams are shaking hands

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:13 Arlan Marttila
9:13
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Arlan Marttila: 

The awards table is on the ice

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:13 Arlan Marttila
9:15
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Arlan Marttila: 

They are saluting the four teams that competed this weekend

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:15 Arlan Marttila
9:16
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All Tournament team:
Hannah Brandt, UM
Jocelyne Lamoureux, UND
Maryanne Menefee, UM
Monique Lamoureux, UND
Megan Bozek, UM
Noora Raty, UM

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:16 Arlan Marttila
9:17
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Most Valuable Player Noora Raty

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:17 Arlan Marttila
9:17
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Arlan Marttila: 

Raty was MVP last year in Duluth at the Final Face-Off as well

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:17 Arlan Marttila
9:18
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Arlan Marttila: 

She did not allow a goal in four games in the WCHA Tournament this year

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:18 Arlan Marttila
9:18
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Arlan Marttila: 

Minnesota is being presented with the trophy

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:18 Arlan Marttila
9:18
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Arlan Marttila: 

Thanks for joining this blog and Good Luck to your team in the NCAA Tournament.

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9:19
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