Sophomore Noora Raty posts shutout with 31 saves for Gophers

Noora Raty made 31 saves for the Golden Gophers

The No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey team defeated No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3-0 Saturday night at Ridder Arena, scoring all three goals in a second period. Sophomore goaltender Noora Raty was a perfect 31-for-31 on save opportunities in the win, which propels the Gophers into second place in the WCHA with 35 points, three ahead of UMD.

After a scoreless first period between the two teams, Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two. Bethany Brausen broke the scoreless tie when she scored on her own rebound at 2:02 in the second period. Laura May passed the puck to Brausen at the high slot. She took her initial shot, but was saved by UMD goalie Kim Martin. Brausen, however, added her with a follow-up to score her second goal of the season. Terra Rasmussen started the play when she fed May the puck off the boards.

Sarah Erickson scored her 11th goal of the season when she capitalized on a Gopher three-on-one odd-man rush at 5:44 in the second. Erickson scored on a great snapshot over her Martin's left shoulder. Amanda Kessel made a cross-ice pass to Erickson, while Baylee Gillanders held the second assist. Kelly Terry added her 10th goal of the season when she scored on a five-on-three power-play opportunity at 12:35 in the third. Kessel had the first shot, which was saved, while Terry added the rebound attempt. Anne Schleper held the second assist.

Minnesota had 20 shots on goal in the second period, which tied a season-high. The Gophers had multiple odd-man rushes in the second period, which resulted in goals. On the flip side, the Gophers only allowed eight shots on goal in the second stanza.

Although Minnesota took five penalties in the third period, Raty and the Gopher penalty kill held the Bulldogs scoreless. Of the nine UMD shots attempted, five were with the extra attacker.

Raty stopped 14 shots in the first, eight in the second and nine in the third for 31 saves. Of her 31 saves, 11 came on the Gopher penalty kill. With her eight shutouts, it ties Jody Horak's school record of shutouts in a season, set in 2004-05. Raty now has 15 shutouts in her career.

Minnesota will take to the road as the Gophers face Ohio State, Friday and Saturday. Friday's game is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's contest is at 4 p.m. (ET).