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Andy Greder / St. Paul Pioneer Press, Published March 15 2014

Terry’s hat trick helps send Gophers to Women’s Frozen Four

MINNEAPOLIS – Kelly Terry was looking to get off the ice at the end of a first-period shift. She wasn’t looking to score as she flipped the puck on net. She scored anyway.

The Gophers’ first goal had a bit of luck as well as some foreshadowing for its play-making protagonist.

Terry, a senior center, tallied a hat trick that propelled the Gophers to the Women’s Frozen Four with a 5-1 win Saturday over Boston University in an NCAA quarterfinal game at Ridder Arena.

“Good players get breaks every once in a while,” said Gophers coach Brad Frost. “She got a couple tonight, but I don’t think anybody’s complaining about it.”

The top-seeded Gophers (37-1-1) will play Wisconsin or Harvard in a national semifinal Friday in Hamden, Conn.

The Gophers, riding a 25-game unbeaten streak, will play for their third straight national championship.

“We haven’t won anything,” said Rachel Ramsey, who scored the eventual game-winner on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. “We get to say we went to the Frozen Four, and that is an incredible accomplishment in itself: Being a part of these top four teams.”

Kelly’s second and third goals came early in the third period and gave the Gophers some breathing room in the rematch of the 2013 national championship.

The Terriers (24-13-1) were tied 1-1 with the Gophers after the first period and trailed 2-1 after two periods.

Terry’s first goal at 12 minutes, 56 seconds in the first period gave the Gophers an early lead.

“It came at the end of our shift, and I wanted to get off there,” Terry said. “I took it wide because they did a good job with their gaps. I knew someone was driving backdoor, and I definitely wasn’t trying to shoot. I guess I got pretty lucky.”

The lead lasted for all of 21 seconds as the nation’s leading scorer, BU’s Sarah Lefort, tied the game with her 32nd goal of the season.

The Gophers outshot BU 46-29 and sophomore goalie Amada Leveille made 28 saves.

The Terriers were making their fifth straight NCAA playoff appearance and held the Gophers scoreless on four of their five power plays. It took the Gophers a 5-on-3 advantage to net a goal. Frost called BU’s penalty kill unit one of the best he’s seen this year.

“They blocked a lot of shots, first and foremost,” Frost said. “We attempted (86) shots, I think, and still got nine on net through our power plays, but they just did a good job clogging things up.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Terry (McMillen) 12:56. 2, B, Lefort (Ribeirinha-Braga) 13:17.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, M, Ramsey (McMillen, Terry) 8:01 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 4, M, Terry (Ramsey) 2:46. 5, M, Terry (Ramsey) 7:56. 6, M, Menefee (Brandt) 12:51.

SAVES: B, Sperry 16-12-13–41. M, Leveille 7-9-12–28.

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