MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Amanda Kessel scored a goal at 5:38 in the first period and Noora Raty recorded her second shutout of the season to lift the No. 4 University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 1-0 win against Wayne State. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve 3-0-0 on the season.
With today's shutout, the Gophers have not allowed a goal so far in the 2010-11 season, marking 180 minutes. In fact, dating back to last year, the Maroon and Gold have not allowed a goal in 200:45 minutes played. The last Gopher goal allowed came in the second period of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four at 19:15.
In today's game, Kessel scored an unassisted goal at 5:38 in the first period. Kessel intercepted a play and skated into the zone. She placed the puck five hole on Wayne State's Delayne Brian for the Gophers' lone goal. Minnesota peppered Brian in the first period, putting on 18 shots on goal, but she deflected 17 of the 18 shots in the first.
The Kessel goal would be all that Raty would need to secure the Gopher victory. On the day, Raty stopped nine shots in the first, seven in the second and six in the third for 22 saves. Wayne State's best attempt came in the first period when Ciara Lee shot the puck from the right point. It deflected off of Mira Jalosuo's skate, hit the crossbar, the left post and then sat in the crease, while Raty covered it up before a rebound was attempted.
The Gophers received their only power play attempt of the game late in the third period, but did not get a shot on goal as the Gophers had four shots that went wide and three blocks. The Warriors had three power-play attempts and five shots on goal.
Minnesota begins the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season next weekend as North Dakota comes to town, Oct. 15-16. Friday's game is set for a 6:07 p.m. start, while Saturday's tilt is at 4:07 p.m