No. 2 Minnesota defeated Minnesota State, Mankato by a 3-0 margin tonight at Ridder Arena. The Gophers move to 6-1-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in WCHA play, while the Mavericks fall to 4-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference action.
Sophomore Sarah Davis got Minnesota on the scoreboard in the first period, scoring her first goal of the season and 12th of her career at 16:42. Rachel Ramsey and Emily West had assists on the goal. Minnesota gave Minnesota State one power play opportunity in the first period, but the Gophers were able to kill the penalty and keep the Mavericks scoreless.
Sarah Davis tallied the first multiple-goal game of her career when she found the net again just two minutes into the second period. Emily West and Kelly Seeler were credited with assists. Minnesota really put the pressure on the Minnesota State goal in the second period and had several chances that came very close to the goal line but didn't make it into the net. The Mavericks gave the Gophers two power play chances, but Minnesota didn't convert. In the final seconds of the period, junior defenseman Megan Bozek got her fourth goal of the season when she scored with just 20 seconds left to give the Gophers a 3-0 cushion. Amanda Kessel and Jen Schoullis had assists on Bozek's goal. Minnesota outshot MSU 18-2 in the second period.
Both teams were scoreless in the final period. Minnesota had two power play chances while MSU had one, but neither team converted. The Gophers took 11 shots in the final period to the Mavericks' eight.
Freshman Shyler Sletta made her first career start in goal for the Gophers, and made 20 saves, getting the first shutout of her career.
The Gophers and Mavericks face off again tomorrow night at Ridder Arena. The game time is set for 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time to get to campus as the Gopher men's hockey game against Vermont also starts at 6 p.m., and University Avenue will close at 6:30 p.m. for the Homecoming Parade.