The No. 7/8 University of Minnesota women's hockey team scored three power-play goals en route to a 3-0 shutout win over St. Cloud State, tonight, in St. Cloud, Minn. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 5-2-0 on the season and 2-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Megan Bozek recorded the first Gopher power-play goal when she fired a shot from the right point at 4:11 in the first period. Amanda Kessel and Sam Downey each tallied an assist on the power-play goal. It was Downey's first point of the season. Minnesota attempted 26 shots, 16 of which were on goal, but only found the back of the net once.
Becky Kortum added to the lead when she scored her third goal of the weekend at 15:45 in the second period, also on the power play. Sarah Davis and Anne Schleper also tallied assists on the play. Minnesota had its chances in the second period when it attempted 30 shots (20 on goal), while allowing only eight (seven on goal). Minnesota hit the pipe three times in the second period and a near miss by Kelly Terry right in front of the net.
Davis netted a power-play goal of her own when she scored at 10:11 in the third period. Davis received a great feed from Kelly Terry, while Anne Schleper started the play from the top of the left circle. The goal was a five-on-three power play advantage.
Noora Raty was in goal for the Gophers for the second straight game. She recorded her second-straight shutout and her fourth on the season. Raty, who has not allowed a goal during the season, is now 4-0-0. She had six saves in the first, seven in the second and five in the third for a three-period total of 18.
Minnesota had 19 shots on goal in the third period, putting the total at 55 to SCSU's 18. Minnesota connected on the power play, going 3-for-8 and 32 shots on goal with the extra attacker.
On the weekend, Schleper had six points, while Davis and Terry had four and Kortum had three.
Minnesota will face in-state rival Minnesota Duluth next weekend in Duluth, Minn. The Gophers will play both games at the DECC at 7:07 p.m.