The No. 4/6 University of Minnesota women's hockey team scored a goal in the second period and two in the third to earn a 3-0 win over No. 7 Clarkson, today, in Potsdam, N.Y. With today's 3-0 win and yesterday's 5-0 victory, the Golden Gophers are now 2-0-0 on the season, while Clarkson dropped to 0-2-0.
After a scoreless first period, Amanda Kessel broke the tie when she scored an unassisted goal at 16:39 in the second. Kessel made a great shot, threading it to the right corner and past Lauren Dahm's right shoulder for her third goal of the weekend.
The Gophers scored two in the third to cushion the lead and the eventual 3-0 win. Anne Schleper added an insurance goal at 8:52 in the third when she capitalized on a power play attempt. Schleper scored on a rebound attempt after Kelly Terry added the first shot. Sarah Davis tallied the second assist. It was Schleper's first goal of the season and Terry and Davis' first point of their short Gopher career. Megan Bozek added to the lead when she scored a power play goal at 14:40 to put the game at 3-0. Bozek ripped a shot from the right point, while Kessel added the single assist for her sixth point of the weekend.
Alyssa Grogan received the starting nod in net and recorded a shutout. In three periods of play, Grogan had eight saves in the first, six in the second and four in the third for 18. It was the first shut out of the season for Grogan and the sixth of her career. The Gophers produced 49 shots on goal to Clarkson's 18.
Minnesota's goaltenders and defense did not allow a goal all weekend, including power-play goals. On the weekend, Clarkson was 0-for-14 with the extra attacker, including 0-for-6 in today's game.
The Gophers will host an exhibition game on Friday against the Minnesota Whitecaps and follow with a game against Wayne State at 2 p.m. on Saturday (10/9). Minnesota then opens the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season, Oct. 15-16 when North Dakota comes to town.