Behind an Amanda Kessel hat trick, the University of Minnesota women's hockey team garnered an 8-0 rout of No. 6/7 Ohio State while also grabbing the weekend sweep of the Buckeyes. The shutout win moves the Golden Gophers to 8-0-0 on the season and also serves as Noora Ršty's 83rd career victory, which ties Minnesota's all-time record.
A feat that she had accomplished five other times in her three-year career, Amanda Kessel took advantage of the winded Ohio State team late in the second period to tally her first two goal of her hat trick. Both came on breakaways with the first coming off a pass from Jordyn Burns, and the Madison, Wis. native flicked it inside the post. Kessel's second came on a fluttering shot from the blueline that snuck under the goaltender's arm. The junior capped off her hat trick at 8:15 in the third period as she broke away for a shorthanded goal.
Ohio State came out firing to start the as they controlled the puck for the first three minutes of play and generated five shots before the Golden Gophers attempted one. Eventually, Minnesota weathered the storm and got their high-powered offense going with a goal at 4:14, and they never looked back.
With an OSU penalty ensuing, the Gophers pulled goaltender Noora Ršty to take a 6-on-5 advantage on the offensive end. Ohio State held strong as the Maroon & Gold generated a number of shot attempts, but the Buckeyes could hold long enough as junior Kelly Terry notched the first goal of the game. Terry, who was streaking down the center lane, received the puck from freshman Hannah Brandt and sliced a shot under the goaltender's pads. Both Brandt and junior Baylee Gillanders were credited with an assist.
Minnesota continued to pound the goal as senior Becky Kortum and freshman Maryanne Menefee netted back-to-back goals just under the eight-minute mark to extend the Gophers' lead to 3-0.
A late 3-on-5 advantage for Ohio State would test the Maroon & Gold late in the first period, but the Gophers held strong to ensure their 3-0 lead was carried into the first intermission.
The Golden Gophers came out just as strong in the second period as they finished the first by notching another three goals, two of which came from junior Amanda Kessel and the other by sophomore Rachael Bona. In the period as a whole, Minnesota held a winded Ohio State team to just six shots while they rifled 16 attempts
Much was same in the third period with the Gophers adding two more goals to the board. The first was a power play goal by senior Mira Jalosuo, who tipped a Rachel Ramsey slap shot under the cross bar to rattle the goalie's water bottle. Kessel's goal, which garnered her hat trick was the other.
Minnesota stifled OSU all game, but it was in the third period that it was obvious with the Buckeyes only recording four shots.
Ršty playe din goal for the entire 60 minutes and deflected 20 shots en route to her 83rd-career win. Her win total matches Gopher grear Jody Horak for the most wins in program history.
The Maroon & Gold return to action next weekend as they head to Grand Forks, N.D. to face North Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28. Last season, UND was the lone team to defeat the Gophers twice.