Gophers Win WCHA Opener 6-0 Against St. Cloud State
Provided by the University of Minnesota
The No. 3 Golden Gophers defeated St. Cloud State 6-0 Friday night at Ridder Arena. Minnesota moves to 3-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in WCHA play. St. Cloud State falls to 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in WCHA action.
Sophomore Amanda Kessel put the Gophers on the scoreboard five minutes into the game, with assists from senior Jen Schoullis and freshman Rachel Ramsey. The goal marked the seventh this season for Minnesota’s first line. Late in the second period, senior Emily West scored a short-handed goal with an assist from sophomore Kelly Terry. West’s goal was the first short-handed score for the Gophers this season.
Both teams went scoreless for much of the second period, even though Minnesota recorded 23 shots on goal in the period. Schoullis gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead when she knocked one in on the power play with 3:07 remaining in the period. Megan Bozek and Kessel were credited with assists on Schoullis’ goal.
Just 10 seconds later, Kessel found the net and put the Gophers up 4-0 with assists from Bozek and Schoullis. The assist marked the 100th point of Schoullis’ Gopher hockey career. She is the third current player to reach the 100-point milestone, along with teammates Sarah Erickson and Emily West.
With nine seconds remaining in the second period, freshman Meghan Lorence got her first goal as a Gopher, scoring from freshman Rachael Bona and Bethany Brausen. The goal was the third in less than three minutes (2:58) for Minnesota. Lorence, Bona and Brausen all tallied their first points of the season. Minnesota went into the second intermission with a 5-0 lead.
Early in the third period, The Huskies’ Lisa Martinson hit West in the corner, and was called for a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and was given a game misconduct call. While on the power play, West got her second goal of the night and third of the season, putting Minnesota ahead 6-0. Terry and senior Anne Schleper had assists on the goal, giving Schleper her first point of the season.
The Gophers had a 59-15 margin in shots in the game. Minnesota has out-shot its opponents 144-40 in the first three games this season. The Gophers recorded five penalties on the night but were successful on the penalty kill. Minnesota converted on two of eight power play opportunities.
Noora Raty recorded her second shutout of the season and 18th of her career. With three more shutouts, she will tie the Minnesota career record for shutouts.
The Gophers continue play against the Huskies Saturday at Ridder Arena. Game time is 4:00 p.m.