Freshman forward Amanda Kessel posts two goals and two assists for Gophers

Amanda Kessel had two goals and two assists for Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The No. 4 University of Minnesota women's hockey team had goal scoring from seven different individuals as the Golden Gophers earned an 8-0 win over St. Cloud State tonight, at Ridder Arena. The Gophers improve their record to 19-7-2 and 14-7-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. SCSU drops to 0-27-1 on the year and 0-22-1 in conference play. Amanda Kessel led the Gopher scoring charge with four points, while linemate Sarah Erickson had three.

Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one when Erickson and Kessel each scored an unassisted goal. Erickson used her backhand at 5:41 in the first period for her 14th goal of the season. Kessel then scored an even-strength goal at 17:10 in the first period to put the Gophers up, 2-0 after two. Kessel started her first goal by intercepting a SCSU pass. Huskies' goalie Ashley Nixon came out of the crease to try stop Kessel. However, Kessel used it to her advantage to score her 11th goal of the season.

The Gopher opened the floodgates with five goals in the second period to put the game at 7-0 after two. Jen Schoullis netted a goal of her own just :38 seconds into the second stanza to put the game at 3-0 early, scoring at the low slot. Minnesota then lit the lamp again at 4:46, 8:25, 8:54 and 10:39 of the second period. Sarah Davis scored on a rebound attempt at 4:46 from Kelly Terry and Megan Bozek. Terry added her 13th goal of the season at 8:25 in the second, while Kessel scored her second goal of the 29 seconds later at 8:54. Becky Kortum netted her second goal in two games at 10:39 to close out the period.

Mira Jalosuo scored a Gopher power-play goal at 7:29 in the third period when she capitalized on a rebound attempt from Kessel and Anne Schleper. In all, 10 players tallied a point en route to their 19th win of the season.

Both of the starting goalies left the game during the second period. Gopher goalie Noora Raty left after Minnesota's fourth goal scored, while SCSU goalie Ashley Nixon departed after Kessel's second goal of the game. Raty was replaced by Jenny Lura. She continued the shutout with 17 saves, including nine in the third period. Raty earns the win, but both goalies assist in the shutout. Tayler VanDenakker replaced Nixon and had 21 saves in 31 minutes played.

Minnesota will look for the sweep tomorrow at 4 p.m.