|1st||3:48||MIN||1-0||EV GW||Meghan Lorence (13)||Kelly Pannek/22|
|1st||13:10||MIN||2-0||PP||Maryanne Menefee (14)||Kelly Pannek/23, Hannah Brandt/30|
|1st||17:03||MIN||3-0||EV||Maryanne Menefee (15)||Hannah Brandt/31, Dani Cameranesi/28|
|3rd||19:02||MIN||4-0||EV||Nina Rodgers (3)||Rachel Ramsey/17, Hannah Brandt/32|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||4||9||18|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (6-19-1)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Shyler Sletta (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||5||4||9||18|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Julie Friend (L, 4-12-0)||60:00||4||16||16||16||48|
ST. CLOUD, Minn - Senior Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.), junior Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) and freshman Nina Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored goals to lead No. 2 Minnesota to a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Friday afternoon.
Minnesota (22-1-3, 15-1-3-1 WCHA) scored three first-period goals and added one in the final minute en route to the 4-0 win. The Golden Gophers have outscored St. Cloud State, 28-0, in four games in 2014-15.
"It was a solid win here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "Three points on the road against a good team is not easy. We started great. Getting those three goals in the first really set the tone for the rest of the night.
"Hopefully we'll be a little better tomorrow. A lot of shots, a lot of puck possession, but we still need to get ourselves to the net a little more. Overall, I'm very pleased and looking forward to tomorrow."
Senior Shyler Sletta (Elko New Market, Minn.) made 18 saves in her second career shutout as the Gophers outshot the Huskies, 52-18, for the game, including a 14-5 advantage on three power-play attempts each. Sletta, 1-0-0 on the year, has not allowed a goal during her Gopher career, including 10 appearances.
Junior Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) led Minnesota with three assists, including her 200th point as a Gopher, and Menefee scored two goals. Freshman Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) picked up a pair of assists as well.
"When somebody gets their 100th point, it's a big deal in our program and for someone to get 200 points, like Hannah, when she's only a junior, speaks incredible volumes for her as a person and a player," Frost said. "I'm very proud of her. It's huge.
"For Shyler Sletta to get the start and the shutout here tonight, she played great. I'm really happy for her as well."
Lorence scored the game-winning goal off a rebound from a Pannek shot just 3:48 into the game. Pannek intercepted an attempted clear by the Huskies and fired a shot on net. SCSU netminder Julie Friend made the initial save, but the rebound popped out to Lorence, who gave the Gophers an early 1-0 lead.
Menefee netted her 14th goal of the season on the Gophers' first power play of the game before adding an even-strength tally to put Minnesota ahead by three after one period of play. Brandt assisted both goals, and her assist at 17:03 made her the seventh Gopher all-time to reach 200 career points.
The teams played nearly two scoreless periods, but Rodgers scored her third goal of her career in the final minute of the third period. The Gophers killed off three penalties in the final two periods, including 19 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage for the Huskies.
With her three assists, Brandt finished the game with 201 career points on 78 goals and 123 assists.
The Gophers and Huskies wrap up the series with their fifth meeting of the season at 3 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon. The game will air live on Fox Sports North Plus and be broadcast on Sports Radio 105 FM The Ticket in Minneapolis.