|1st||2:26||MIN||1-0||EV||Kate Schipper (11)||Megan Wolfe/19, Lee Stecklein/14|
|1st||16:27||MIN||2-0||PP||Hannah Brandt (23)||Dani Cameranesi/30, Milica McMillen/15|
|2nd||3:34||MND||1-2||EV||Katherine McGovern (3)||-|
|2nd||6:34||MIN||3-1||PP||Kelly Pannek (19)||Sarah Potomak/35|
|2nd||8:23||MIN||4-1||PP GW||Milica McMillen (9)||Hannah Brandt/28, Amanda Kessel/3|
|3rd||1:54||MND||2-4||EV||Reagan Haley (2)||Lynn Astrup/2, Alexia Klaas/1|
|3rd||2:13||MIN||5-2||EV||Taylor Williamson (4)||Lee Stecklein/15, Megan Wolfe/20|
|3rd||10:59||MND||3-5||EV||Ashleigh Brykaliuk (15)||Katherine McGovern/8, Linnea Hedin/3|
|3rd||15:17||MIN||6-3||EV||Hannah Brandt (24)||Milica McMillen/16, Sarah Potomak/36|
|3rd||16:55||MIN||7-3||EV||Dani Cameranesi (26)||Kate Schipper/20, Brook Garzone/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (12-18-1)||0/0||3/6||0|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 20-3-1)||40:00||1||9||4||0||13|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (L, 5-11-0)||60:00||7||15||31||15||61|
DULUTH, Minn. - A program-record 61 saves from Maddie Rooney wasn't enough to slow the University of Minnesota down Friday night, as the third-ranked Gophers used three power-play goals to skate past the University of Minnesota Duluth 7-3 at AMSOIL Arena. Minnesota peppered the rookie goaltender from the get-go and racked up 68 shots on goal en route to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association win before a crowd of 1,301.
Minnesota took control in the opening frame, jumping ahead 1-0 on a deflected shot attempt from the point at the 2:26 mark. UMD would find a bit of a groove on the forecheck after spotting the Gophers the early lead -- and nearly broke even on a nifty one-time attempt from freshman winger Morgan Morse -- but Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille stood her ground to keep the Bulldogs off the scoresheet. Minnesota then doubled its advantage near the end of the period, going up 2-0 on a power-play goal that held up following a lengthy review.
UMD cut the Gopher lead in half 3:34 into the second period when junior center Katherine McGovern capitalized on a Minnesota turnover and quickly pulled the trigger to beat the outstretched blocker hand of Leveille and get the Bulldogs within striking distance at 2-1. Minnesota's vaunted special teams unit responded to snatch the momentum right back, however, bombarding Rooney with seven shots while on the player advantage before finally burying a rebound try from just outside the crease. The Gophers converted on the power-play once again less than two minutes later to give them a 4-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.
The third period started out well for UMD, as freshman winger Reagan Haley lit the lamp 1:54 into the final stanza, but Minnesota retaliated with an even-strength goal of their own just 19 seconds later. Junior captain Ashleigh Brykaliuk found the back of the net for her 15th goal of the year (and team-leading 40th point this winter) before the Gophers tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the last five minutes of regulation.
Minnesota (26-3-1 overall and 21-3-1 in the WCHA) connected on all three of its power-play opportunities, and got 13 saves from Leveille, who gave way to backup Sidney Peters for the final 20 minutes. UMD (12-18-1; 9-15-1) did not have any opportunities with the extra skater, and put 28 shots on net. McGovern finished with a goal and an assist as the only Bulldog to record a two-point night.
The two teams wrap up the WCHA series tomorrow afternoon, with the opening faceoff set for 4:07. That game will be the last collegiate home appearance for UMD's trio of seniors (Kayla Black, Michela Cava and Karissa Grapp).