|1st||3:14||MIN||1-0||EV GW||Kelly Pannek (1)||Lee Stecklein/1, Cara Piazza/2|
|1st||7:05||MIN||2-0||EV||Hannah Brandt (1)||Sarah Potomak/1, Dani Cameranesi/1|
|2nd||2:49||MIN||3-0||EV||Megan Wolfe (1)||Brook Garzone/1, Taylor Williamson/1|
|2nd||13:39||MIN||4-0||EV||Kelly Pannek (2)||Lee Stecklein/2, Kate Schipper/1|
|3rd||4:33||MIN||5-0||EV||Hannah Brandt (2)||Sarah Potomak/2, Megan Wolfe/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Penn State (0-2-0)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Sidney Peters (W, 1-0-0)||59:58||0||1||4||2||7|
|Penn State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Hannah Ehresmann (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||5||15||8||10||33|
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Hannah Brandt and Kelly Pannek each scored two goals as No. 1 Minnesota earned a 5-0 win to complete a season-opening series sweep on the road at Penn State Friday night.
Five Gophers recorded multi-point games led by two-goal efforts from Brandt and Pannek. Megan Wolfe scored a goal and added an assist while Lee Stecklein and Sarah Potomak each finished with a pair of assists.
"It was a really solid win here tonight on the road against a very good opponent," head coach Brad Frost said. "We came out of the gate a lot faster tonight, which enabled us to get some momentum early and be able to sustain that throughout the game. I'm really happy with the result and the sweep, and we're looking forward to getting back home to Minnesota and preparing for St. Cloud State."
Sidney Peters made seven saves in her first game of the season, picking up the third shutout of her career. The Gophers outshot Penn State (0-2-0), 38-7, as the Nittany Lions received 33 saves from goaltender Hannah Ehresmann.
Minnesota (2-0-0) took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after Pannek and Brandt opened the scoring in the first period.
Pannek scored just 3:14 into the game. Stecklein fired a shot from the top of the slot and Cara Piazza directed the rebound to Pannek, who slid the puck past Ehresmann on her glove side. Just 3:51 later, Brandt doubled the Gophers' lead when she finished a nice combination play from linemates Sarah Potomak and Dani Cameranesi.
Period two saw Wolfe and Pannek extend Minnesota's lead to 4-0. Just 2:49 into the middle frame, Wolfe scored her first goal of the season off a feed from Brook Garzone and Taylor Williamson.
Pannek then scored her second of the game when Kate Schipper collected the puck off a faceoff to Ehresmann's left. She left it for Stecklein at the top of the slot, who ripped a shot. Positioned in front of the net, Pannek redirected Stecklein's shot past the PSU netminder to give Minnesota the 4-0 lead with 7:21 to play in the second.
Brandt made it 5-0 when she added her second goal of the night at the 4:33 mark of the third period with assists credited to Potomak and Wolfe as each completed their multi-point night.
Minnesota opens WCHA play at home by hosting St. Cloud State at Ridder Arena next weekend. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT Friday, Oct. 9 and 4 p.m. CT Saturday, Oct. 10.
Fans can take advantage of a Break the Ice BOGO ticket special, enjoying the start of the season with buy one, get one free tickets for the series. Buy one ticket to the Oct. 9 game and get one free for Oct. 10.
Prior to Friday's game, join the team in celebrating the 2015 NCAA title with a banner-raising ceremony during pre-game festivities at Ridder Arena. Fans will receive a free replica mini-banner while supplies last. The Gophers' home-opener will also feature a free giveaway of the official 2015-16 Gopher women's hockey team poster while supplies last.