|1st||5:32||MIN||1-0||EV||Caitlin Reilly (1)||Sarah Potomak/1, Alex Woken/1|
|1st||10:41||LIN||1-1||EV||Corbin Welsh (1)||-|
|2nd||1:49||MIN||2-1||EV||Lindsay Agnew (1)||Dani Cameranesi/2|
|2nd||6:56||MIN||3-1||PP GW||Megan Wolfe (2)||Kelly Pannek/1, Sarah Potomak/2|
|2nd||8:33||LIN||2-3||EV||Taylor Girard (1)||Carrie Atkinson/1, Shannon Morris-Reade/1|
|3rd||0:56||MIN||4-2||EV||Dani Cameranesi (1)||Kelly Pannek/2, Lee Stecklein/2|
|3rd||1:46||MIN||5-2||EV||Alex Woken (1)||Caitlin Reilly/2, Sarah Potomak/3|
|3rd||14:31||MIN||6-2||EV||Dani Cameranesi (2)||Kelly Pannek/3, Sydney Baldwin/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Morgan Skinner (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||6||8||11||7||26|
|Sidney Peters (W, 2-0-0)||49:26||2||3||2||2||7|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The back-to-back defending national champion Golden Gophers scored three third-period goals en route to a 6-2 win and season-opening series sweep over Lindenwood at Ridder Arena Saturday afternoon.
Dani Cameranesi (2g-1a), Kelly Pannek (3a), and Sarah Potomak (3a) led the way for Minnesota (2-0-0) with three points each. Alex Woken and Caitlin Reilly also picked up multiple points with one goal and one assist each.
Goaltender Sidney Peters made seven saves on nine shots to improve to 2-0-0 on the year before Serena D'Angelo played the final 10:22 and made one save.
Lindenwood (0-1-0) received goals from Corbin Welsh and Taylor Girard along with 26 saves from netminder Morgan Skinner. The Gophers outshot the Lions, 32-10, for the game.
"It was a good win here today," head coach Brad Frost said. "We talked as a team that we needed to be better (after two periods). Sidney needed to stop more pucks, and she did. Our forwards needed to do a better job putting the puck in the net, and our defense needed to be a little better defensively through the first two periods. We had a lot of possession and a lot of shots, their goaltender made some nice saves, but in general our team needed to be better, and I thought in the third they were able to do that."
"It was a really good game I think, getting the nerves out," Cameranesi said. "I know we try to do that in the Whitecaps (exhibition) game, but it's a different feeling when the game actually counts. Today we found some things that worked and improved ourselves from the first game."
The Gophers again altered their line combinations throughout the game, much like fans saw during the team's 3-0 season-opening win over Lindenwood in game one of the series on Friday night.
"Once you find combinations for one line, then it limits your options for the next one," Frost said. "It makes it a little easier to try and figure things out. We will continue to tinker here as we go. I think in the past, we've had Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel, so it's been pretty easy to figure out. Let's put anybody with them, and we'll go from there. We don't have Hannah and we don't have Kess, but we have a multitude of forwards that are talented, so a lot of people are getting some different opportunities."
The Gophers took a 1-0 lead at the 5:32 mark of the first period with a goal by Reilly. However, Lindenwood responded with a goaal of its own midway through the period when Welsh tallied her first goal of the season. The teams took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.
Lindsay Agnew scored her first collegiate goal to regain the Gophers' one-goal lead just 1:49 into the second period, one-timing a pass from Cameranesi into an open net past Skinner. Megan Wolfe scored on a five-on-three power play at the 6:56 mark to extend the Gophers' lead to two at 3-1. However, Lindenwood again responded before the end of the period with a tally by Girard at 8:33.
Holding a one-goal lead, Minnesota came out with two quick goals in the first two minutes of the third period. Cameranesis scored at the 56-second mark before Woken recorded her first collegiate goal just 50 seconds later. Cameranesi added her second of the game with 5:29 remaining to seal the 6-2 win and series sweep.
"We really challenged our team going into the third period to be better and to respond, and I thought they did that scoring two goals in the first two minutes," Frost said.
Minnesota was 1-for-4 on the power play while holding Lindenwood to 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
"Overall, it was a real good night and it was very fun to see Alex Woken and Lindsay Agnew get their first goals as Gophers," Frost said. "We know they'll have many more. It's a special moment anytime you can put the puck in the net for the first time. Looking forward to a day off and a week of good practice, then heading up to Bemidji, where it will be tough."
Up next for Minnesota is the team's WCHA-opener on the road at Bemidji State. The Gophers and Beavers face off at 3:07 p.m. CT Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.