Minnesota moved within one victory of a perfect season by beating Boston College 3-2 in overtime on Friday at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in Minneapolis.
Sarah Davis scored 1:39 into the extra period for the defending national champion Gophers (40-0-0), who've won their last 48 games. The Gophers will play Boston University in Sunday's championship game -- the Terriers (28-5-3) rolled over Mercyhurst 4-1 in the other semifinal.
Davis took a pass from Bethany Brausen, skated to the left to deke goalie Corinne Boyles and put a shot behind the sprawling netminder.
"We didn't want to play any more three-overtime games, that's for sure," said Davis, whose team scored late in the third overtime to beat North Dakota 3-2 in the quarterfinals last Saturday.
"I'm smiling like a fool now, but it's a great day," Davis said.
Boston College took the lead late in the second period on a power-play goal by Emily Field. Minnesota tied the game early in the third with a power-play goal of its own when Hannah Brandt fought off a defender to score on a redirection. Becky Kortum gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead midway through the period, but Lexi Bender scored two minutes later to get BC even and force the overtime.
In the other game, senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk scored a goal 13 seconds into the game and later added an assist as BU won its 10th in a row. Kohanchuk has 10 goals and five assists in her past seven games.
Isabel Menard, Kathryn Miller and Poulin also scored for the Terriers, and Kerrin Sperry made 27 saves as BU advanced to the championship game for the second time in three years. Boston University lost 4-1 to Wisconsin in 2011.
Material from wire services was used in this report
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