MINNEAPOLIS - Freshman Megan Wolfe (Eagan, Minn.) scored her first two collegiate goals and sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) recorded her 100th career point as No. 1 Minnesota used a four-goal second period to defeat No. 4 North Dakota, 6-1, in front of 1,915 fans at Ridder Arena Saturday afternoon.
Brandt led all players with three points on one goal and two assists, while junior Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) each had two assists. Wolfe's two-goal effort included back-to-back tallies in the second period. She netted the game-winning goal at the 1:44 mark.
Minnesota (13-0-0, 11-0-0-0 WCHA) received 34 saves from sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.), as the Gophers extended their NCAA-record winning streak to 62 games.
"We had a really good team win here tonight against a very good opponent in North Dakota," head coach Brad Frost said. "Great crowd, and just a lot of great energy in the building to get that first one by Kelly Terry, who was a work horse all night. Even bigger was our second goal there in the second period, and we were able to continue to extend the lead with some good momentum.
"Some good milestones tonight with Megan Wolfe getting her first goal as a Gopher and Hananh Brandt with her 100th point as a Gopher as only a sophomore. The future is bright obviously, but overall it was just a great win and we're looking forward to tomorrow."
The Gophers took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 12:49 mark of the first period. Just after North Dakota's Meghan Dufault came out of the penalty box, Terry buried a feed from sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Leveille.
Minnesota then erupted for four second-period goals. The line of Wolfe, Brandt and Bona combined for the first two before Davis set up goals by sophomore Brook Garzone (Sand Springs, Okla.) and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) to give the Gophers a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The teams exchanged a pair of third-period goals. North Dakota (8-2-1, 6-2-1-1 WCHA) got on the board at the 3:32 mark when Dufault scored her seventh of the year, and Brandt tallied her fifth of the season less than five minutes later.
With her three-point effort against UND, Brandt now has 102 career points (38 goals, 64 assists).
All seven of the goals came at even strength as the Gophers were 0-for-5 on the power play while holding UND scoreless on three power-play opportunities. North Dakota held the advantage in shots, 35-30, marking just the second time this season the Gophers have been outshot.
Minnesota and UND wrap up the series at 2:07 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Gophers are pleased to host High School Day at Ridder Arena with groups from nearly 30 different high schools expected to be in attendance for the series finale.