ST. LAWRENCE, Minn. - The University of Minnesota women's hockey team notched two goals in the first period en route to their 5-0 win over St. Lawrence. Junior Amanda Kessel led the way with two goals while senior Noora Räty held the Saints scoreless.
Despite traveling for most of Thursday, the Golden Gophers came out strong in the first period to nab an early lead at 6:40.
In a quick counter to catch the Saints off guard, senior Mira Jalosuo passed to freshman Hannah Brandt at center ice. Brandt brushed the puck to off to junior Amanda Kessel, who was tucked in on the boards. Kessel came off the boards with the puck and had one defenseman to beat. She slipped the puck to the inside of the rink and swiftly skated around the SLU defenseman and poked the puck through the goaltender's five hole, giving Minnesota the early 1-0 lead.
It looked as the Gophers' would be held scoreless the remainder of the period, especially with playing the final minute shorthanded, but a quick shorthanded counter put the Maroon & Gold up 2-0.
After a shot was deflected by senior goaltender Noora Räty, Bozek swiped the puck out from in front of the goal in hopes of clearing blue line. To her luck, junior Kelly Terry was waiting and flicked the puck forward for a streaking Sarah Davis. The junior forward would burst in between two defenseman, control the puck and generate a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie. Davis deked back and forth before backhanding a shot under goaltender Carmen MacDonald's glove for the shorthanded goal.
The Gophers carried the 2-0 lead into the locker room at the end of the period along with a 20-17 shot advantage.
In the second period, Minnesota continued right where they left of as freshman Milica McMillen carried the puck up the ice on a power play. The defenseman weaved in and out ensuing Saint players to generate a glimpse at the near post. She slapped a shot to the stick hand of the goalie, and the puck would bounce off MacDonald's arm and trickle across the goal line.
St. Lawrence's head coach would challenge the goal, but after an official review, the goal stood, giving the Gophers a 3-0 lead just 2:59 into the second period.
The Golden Gophers notched only one goal in the period, despite continuing to bombard SLU with 22 shots. It was in the third period that the Maroon & Gold completely wore down the Saints' defense and took another 32 shot attempts.
Minnesota's 3-0 lead would stand until 16:16 in the third period when Brandt poked in a rebound, which came off a saved Kessel shot.
Kessel again contributed on a scoring payer with 15 seconds remaining as she glided in an empty net goal from center ice and capped off the Gophers 5-0 shutout victory.
Räty deflected a total of 27 shots en route to the win and her third shutout of the season.
The Maroon & Gold jump back into action against St. Lawrence again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. CT. Minnesota is going for their third-straight sweep of the season.