Sophomore forward Amanda Kessel scores goal and assist for Golden Gophers

Amanda Kessel scored a goal and an assist for the Golden Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers unveiled their new video scoreboard in style with a 4-1 victory over The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Minnesota got goals from Rachel Ramsey, Rachael Bona, Emily West, and Amanda Kessel. Noora Rty was stellar in net making a season-high 27 saves, many of them top-notch. The Gophers move to 16-3-0 overall and 10-3-0 in the WCHA. With the loss, he Buckeyes record moves to 9-6-2, with a 6-6-1-1 record in WCHA play.

The Gophers overwhelmed the Buckeyes in the first seven minutes of the opening period, striking three times. Rachel Ramsey scored a power play goal at 5:14 of the period with Hokey Langan in the box for slashing. Anne Schleper recorded the lone assist on the Ramsey goal. Just 26 seconds later, Rachael Bona score her third goal of the season from Meghan Lorence. Minnesota added another with 13:06 remaining in the period. The even-strength goal was tallied by Emily West and assisted on by Jen Schoullis and Amanda Kessel. The three Minnesota goals came a total of one minute and forty seconds apart. The first period ended with the Gophers maintaining their three-goal lead.

Minnesota started strong in the second period as Amanda Kessel netted her 19th goal of the season with an assist going to Megan Bozek at 3:12 of the second period. Bozek collected her 13th assist of the year on the goal. Ohio State got on the board for the first time as Danielle Gagne scored an unassisted goal that snuck in underneath the crossbar. The goal came at the 6:15 mark of the second period and was shortly after Sarah Erickson returned to the ice after taking a slashing penalty. Despite the play becoming wide-open with both teams gaining good scoring opportunities the second stanza would end with the score 4-1.

The third period yielded no goals for either side despite chances on both ends. The best chance came to Minnesota when they had a 5-on-3 power play for 57 seconds with Buckeyes Sara Schmitt and Kelly Wild in the box. Those two Ohio State penalties were among the five penalties of the period. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes ten to eight in the frame.

Noora Raty had one of her best games of the year making a season-high 27 saves. She made her 27th save by shutting the door on Danielle Gagne, who was all alone in the slot, with less than a minute left in the game. Gagne was bidding for her second goal of the game. Ohio State goalie Lisa Steffes made 28 saves in the loss.

The Gophers will tangle with the Buckeyes for game two of the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 2:07.