Heise scores twice, Minnesota outshoots Boston 33-22 in Game 1 loss

It was Gophers galore Sunday in the opening game of the PWHL finals between Minnesota and Boston in Boston. But it was a goal by a former Bulldog that was the difference.

Several former Gopher players, all from Minnesota, had a hand in the scoring with Boston coming out on top with a 4-3 win thanks to a late goal by former University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Jess Healey.

Healey’s goal came just 15 seconds after former Gopher captain Taylor Heise scored her second goal of the game to tie it after fellow former Gopher Hannah Brandt gave Boston a 3-2 lead.

Minnesota opened the scoring in the first period when Michela Cava scored her first goal of the playoffs and sixth of the year, assisted by Heise and Natalie Buchbinder. Boston tied it when Susanna Tapani scored her third goal of the playoffs after scoring just four in 26 games during the regular season. Former Gopher Emily Brown and Megan Keller assisted.

Heise put Minnesota up 2-1 eight minutes into the second period with her third goal of the playoffs, assisted by Cava and Mellissa Channell. But the lead was short-lived. Taylor Wenczkowski scored to tie it four minutes later with another former Gopher, Gigi Marvin assisting. It was the third assist of the playoffs for the 37-year-old Warroad native.

Former Gopher star Hannah Brandt gave Boston a 3-2 lead at the 15-minute mark of the second period with her first goal of the playoffs. Brown collected another assist in the goal, also assisted by Megan Keller.

Heise tied it again just two minutes later with her second tally of the game, assisted by Cava and Kendall Coyne Schofield.

But Healey netted the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner just 15 seconds later.

Minnesota outshot Boston 13-7 in the final period, but Aerin Frankel was soldi in goal, stopping all 13 shots on her way to a 30-save effort. Maddie Rooney stopped 18 shots for Minnesota.

Game two will also be played in Boston at the Tsongas Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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