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Gophers, Niagara play to tie for third place

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.H. -- Stephanie Romain's goal with 2:08 left gave Niagara a 2-2 tie against top-ranked Minnesota in Sunday's third-place game of the NCAA women's hockey championships.

A five-minute overtime failed to break the deadlock and the game was ended.

Minnesota (28-4-6) appeared on the way to a 1-0 victory on Kristy Oonincx' first of two goals, a deflection 9:55 into the second period until the teams scored three times in the final 6:08 of regulation.

Forward Jennifer Goulet of Niagara (26-8-2) stole the puck at her blue line, outskated two defenders to the net and slipped a backhander past goalie Brenda Reinen with 6:08 remaining.

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One minute later, Oonincx put Minnesota ahead again on a slap shot that goalie Tania Pinnelli stopped, but then trickled through to the goal.

Romain created the final deadlock with a wraparound shot that went through a screen past Reinen.

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