Mankato, Minn. --- The University of Minnesota Gophers, ranked sixth nationally, defeated Minnesota State Saturday, 6-2.
Early in the first period, on their first power play chance, the Gophers jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 5:17 mark. Defenseman Anne Schleper made a pass from the top of the right circle down to winger Becky Kortum at the top of the crease and Kortum beat a stick-less Alli Altmann high, glove-side.
Minnesota added three more in the second, putting the Gophers up, 4-0. Forward Sarah Erickson scored at the 5:03 mark, Kortum netted her second goal 10:59 into the second and center Sarah Davis tallied the third goal of the period at the 15:26 mark. All of the goals were even strength.
Minnesota State cut its deficit down early in the third (1:16) to three goals when Gopher goaltender Noora Raty turned away rookie Tracy McCann's backhand attempt, but sophomore Lauren Zrust was right there to bury the rebound.
Sophomore blueliner Emilia Andersson went to the box for body checking midway through the third and the Gophers tallied their fifth score of the game. Erickson netted the power play tally 8:28 into the third.
The Mavericks scored once more when sophomore Lauren Smith led an MSU rush, passed it to rookie forward Kathleen Rogan, who beat Raty blocker-side from the right circle. The goal was scored 9:33 into the third and was also assisted by Andersson.
Minnesota scored the final goal of the contest at the 15:26, netted by Kelly Terry.
Altmann played the first two periods for MSU and tallied 22 saves, freshman netminder Danielle Butter finished the game and added seven saves. Raty finished with 27 saves.
The Gophers finished with 35 shots to the Mavericks 29, and Minnesota finished 2-for-2 on power play chances, while MSU went 0-for-3.
The Mavericks (6-7-1, 5-7-0-0 WCHA) will travel to Detroit, Mich. to face nonconference opponent Wayne State next weekend. Friday's game is slated for 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.