Sophomore netminder Amanda Leveille stops 15 shots for Gophers

Sophomore netminder Amanda Leveille stopped 15 shots for the Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS - Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) recorded her third-straight shutout and junior winger Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) scored two goals to lead the top-ranked Minnesota women's hockey team to a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Minnesota (23-1-1, 17-1-1-0 WCHA) is 10-0-1 in its last 11 games. In addition to Lorence's two-goal effort, freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) recorded two assists and senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) scored her 14th goal of the season.

"I thought it was a great game, a really solid night," head coach Brad Frost said. "Great energy from the drop of the puck. Obviously it's a really solid opening period when you only give up three shots and then carry that on into the second, giving up five shots through two periods and building a lead there.

"Overall I thought our special teams were really good tonight, as well as just the jump overall up and down with all four of our lines and all six of our D."

Lorence gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead on a feed from sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) with 5:09 remaining in the first period. Brandt found Lorence in the slot, and she buried her 10th goal of the season.

Minnesota added a pair of second-period goals to take a 3-0 lead into the second intermission. Lorence recorded her second of the game on the power-play before Davis scored with 1:59 remaining in the middle frame.

The teams skated to a scoreless third period, and Leveille made 10 of her 15 saves in the third stanza en route to her ninth shutout of the season. Minnesota outshot SCSU, 47-15, for the game, including an 18-3 advantage in the first period and a 12-2 advantage in the second.

Leveille is now riding 186:41 of shutout hockey, including 6:41 of the Gophers' 2-2 overtime tie with Ohio State and back-to-back shutout victories over Minnesota State last weekend, in addition to tonight's game. Leveille began her Gopher career by playing 281:34 without allowing a goal.

St. Cloud State (4-20-3, 3-16-2-1 WCHA) received 44 saves from junior goaltender Julie Friend.

Minnesota held St. Cloud State scoreless on three power-play opportunities while going 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Gophers and Huskies meet Saturday night in the series finale as Minnesota looks to improve to 4-0-0 against SCSU this season. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT at Ridder Arena.