Monday, February 20, 2017

Feature: Gopher women's hockey team glad Taylor Williamson finding the net (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

(This originally appeared in the February 18th St. Paul Pioneer Press)

The Gophers women’s hockey team waited much of the season for Taylor Williamson to break out and score.

In the lead-up to Minnesota’s final Western Collegiate Hockey Association series of the season this weekend against rival Wisconsin, secondary scoring for the Gophers is on the rise after the team got 65 percent of its goals during the first two months from its top line.

It eventually reached a point where coach Brad Frost stopped bringing up the subject.

“We really struggled with people scoring in the first half other than our first line. We’ve talked to our players about it,” Frost said. “We actually came back from Christmas break and said, ‘We’re not going to mention secondary scoring anymore.’ You guys know you have to score, but let’s focus on the process of scoring rather than the actual outcome of scoring.”

Some extra scoring would come in handy this weekend with the No. 4-ranked Gophers (23-5-3, 19-4-3-2 WCHA) playing host to No.-1-ranked Wisconsin (27-2-2, 22-2-2-2). The teams square off at Ridder Arena in 3 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.

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