No. 4 Minnesota moves to 2-0-0 on the season with a 4-0 win over Syracuse in the final game of the East/West Showcase at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers came out strong and fast, scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Defenseman Megan Bozek put Minnesota on the scoreboard first, scoring a goal with assists from Kelly Seeler and Jen Schoullis. The goal was Bozek's first of the season and 13th of her Gopher career. Just 35 seconds later, Minnesota went ahead 2-0 when Amanda Kessel scored her second goal of the season. Sarah Erickson and Jen Schoullis were credited with assists.
Minnesota made it 3-0 with a goal by defenseman Mira Jalosuo with assists from Seeler and Schoullis. The tally was Jalosuo's first of the season, and sixth of her career. Minnesota went into intermission with the 3-0 lead.
After staying out of the penalty box in the first period, Minnesota gave Syracuse two power play opportunities in the second, but Syracuse couldn't score. With the Gophers on the power play, Erickson scored to extend Minnesota's lead to 4-0. Kessel and Bozek were credited with assists.
Minnesota gave Syracuse another power play chance early in the third period, but the Gophers killed the penalty once again. With 8:28 on the clock, the Gophers had a five-on-three power play opportunity, but were not able to score. Minnesota gave several more power play chances to the Orange, but none resulted in scores for Syracuse.
Four players finished with two points each in the game: Bozek (1-1-2), Seeler (0-2-2), Kessel (1-1-2), and Schoullis (0-2-2). Minnesota tallied 50 shots to 10 for Syracuse.
In goal for the Gophers, Noora Raty earned her 17th career shutout and her second win of the season.
In today's first East/West Showcase game, St. Cloud State defeated Union 4-1.
Minnesota is home again next weekend and begins the WCHA season with games against St. Cloud State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.