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One freshman forward scored the tying goal with just under eight minutes left, another got the winner with two minutes to play as the No. 3 Gophers rallied to beat No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 4-2 on Friday night at Amsoil Arena in a women’s WCHA series opener.

Freshman forward Abbey Murphy, picked the preseason WCHA freshman of the year, tied the game at 2-all on a rebound shot at 12:05 of the third period. Classmate Anne Cherkowski got the third goal for the Gophers with 2:02 left to play.

BOXSCORE: Gophers 4, Minnesota Duluth 2

Junior Abigail Boreen scored the first goal for the Gophers at 1:44 of the second. Junior Catie Skaja got the fourth, an empty-netter. Lauren Bench made 26 saves for Minnesota. Emma Soderberg had 34 stops for UMD.

“We really started to get the momentum there in the second period,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “It was a great goal by Abby Boreen to get us on the board, and it was real nice in the third period to tie it up and get the win.”

Both teams are 2-1 overall and in the WCHA.

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