MINNEAPOLIS, Min. - No. 2 Minnesota gets its fourth shutout of the season, defeating Minnesota State 7-0 in Ridder Arena. The Gophers improve to 7-1-0 on the season and 5-1-0 in WCHA play, while the Mavericks move to 4-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference games. With last night's 3-0 win over the Mavericks, Minnesota earns the series sweep and improves to 55-3-3 all-time against Minnesota State.
The Gophers got on the scoreboard first, getting their first goal five minutes, 35 seconds into the game. Freshman Stephanie Anderson got her first career goal, assisted by junior Megan Bozek. With Anderson's goal, all four freshman skaters for the Gophers have recoded goals in the first four weeks of play.
Ten minutes later, Minnesota made it 2-0 with a goal by Emily West, her fourth of the season. Sophomore Sarah Davis got her third point of the weekend with the assist on West's goal. After the Gophers outshot MSU 50-20 last evening, shots were almost even in the first period today, as the Gophers had a 13-11 margin in the first period of play.
Both teams were scoreless through much of the second period. Minnesota had four penalties in the period, while Minnesota State had five. The Mavericks put pressure in the Minnesota zone, and had a five-on-three power play opportunity, but couldn't convert. At 11:18 in the period, the Gophers had three players in the penalty box for 40 seconds, but the Mavericks were held scoreless. Minnesota got its first power play goal late in the period as senior captain Sarah Erickson found the net with assists by sophomore Amanda Kessel and freshman Meghan Lorence. Once again, shots were close as Minnesota had a 7-5 advantage in the second period.
The penalties kept coming for Minnesota State in the third period, as Minnesota had four power play chances in the final 20 minutes. The Gophers converted on three power play chances in the third period. Kessel got her first goal of the game just a minute and 11 seconds into the period, assisted by seniors Jen Schoullis and Anne Schleper. Sophomore Kelly Terry tacked on the fifth goal for Minnesota, scoring six minutes, 40 seconds into the period. Schleper and Davis had assists on Terry's goal. With just over nine minutes on the clock, Bozek got her first goal of the game, her fifth of the season, to give Minnesota a 6-0 advantage. Sarah Erickson had her second goal of the game, assisted by Kessel and senior Kelly Seeler, to bring the score to 7-0.
After Minnesota's seventh goal, the Mavericks replace starting goalie Alli Altmann with Danielle Butters, who recorded six saves in her nearly-eight minutes in net.
While shots remained close to even in the first two periods, Minnesota outshot Minnesota State 15-3 in the final period. For the game, the Gophers outshot the Mavericks 35-19.
Noora Raty recorded her third shutout of the season, the 19th of her Gopher career. Raty is 6-1-0 on the season, and needs just two shutouts to tie the Minnesota career record of 21, held by Erica Killewald.
Minnesota has not lost a game this season when scoring first, and has not lost when recording 30 or more shots in the game.
The Gophers play on the road next weekend, with games at Bemidji State Friday and Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.