|2nd||1:28||MIN||1-0||EV GW||Sarah Potomak (1)||Dani Cameranesi/1|
|2nd||12:43||MIN||2-0||EV||Cara Piazza (1)||Lee Stecklein/1|
|2nd||19:44||MIN||3-0||EV||Megan Wolfe (1)||Kelsey Cline/1, Caitlin Reilly/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jolene deBruyn (L, 0-1-0)||58:41||3||11||10||6||27|
|Sidney Peters (W, 1-0-0)||59:46||0||2||6||2||10|
MINNEAPOLIS - Three different Gophers scored goals and Sidney Peters made 10 saves as the No. 2 Minnesota women's hockey team skated to a 3-0 season-opening win over Lindenwood at Ridder Arena Friday night.
The Gophers (1-0-0) scored all three goals during the second period, including Sarah Potomak's game-winner just 1:28 into the middle frame, to open the 2016-17 season with a shutout victory. Cara Piazza and Megan Wolfe added goals of their own before the period ended.
"We are happy with the win," head coach Brad Frost said. "It's a good way to start off the season here with the shutout of a good team. I thought Lindenwood really battled and competed, blocked a lot of shots. We had to find ways to manufacture goals and were able to do that in the second period. I thought Sid Peters played really well for us in net, and I was happy for her to get the shutout. Overall it was a good night, and a good way to start off the year."
Minnesota outshot Lindenwood, 30-10, for the game but could not solve Lions' netminder Jolene deBruyn until the second minute of the second period. The Lions tallied 24 blocked shots, and Minnesota attempted a total of 67 shots for the game.
"I thought (deBruyn) played really well," Frost said. "Not too many first shots were getting by her. Her defense did a nice job of blocking shots, as well. Just as a team, keeping things to the outside and making it difficult."
Minnesota outshot Lindenwood 11-2 over the opening 20 minutes, a quick period that saw few whistles.
"I thought that first period, we were very perimeter and hanging on to the puck too much," Frost said. "They blocked a lot of shots. As a six-person unit out there, I thought they played very strong defensively. Fortunately we were able to get a few there in the second."
Both teams were scoreless on two power-play opportunities with three of those coming in the second period, including both of Minnesota's opportunities with the man advantage.
Following a three-goal second period, the third period mirrored the first with the Gophers outshooting the Lions but unable to convert. Lindenwood (0-1-0) pulled deBruyn for the extra attacker over the final 1:19 of the game but did not get on the board. Minnesota improved to 19-1-0 all-time in season-opening games.
"We feel pretty good," senior captain Lee Stecklein said. "It was a good start, obviously things we need to work on, but it is the first game for a reason. I'm really impressed with how hard our team worked and the things we were able to fix as the game went on."
Rookies Lindsay Agnew, Patti Marshall, and Alex Woken all saw their first game action for the Gophers, and redshirt sophomore Nicole Schammel also made her first appearance for the Maroon & Gold.
Prior to Friday's game, the Gophers celebrated their 2016 NCAA national championship with a banner-raising ceremony. Three-time All-American Hannah Brandt returned to Ridder Arena to raise the banner.
"It was a special year and a special group," Frost said, reflecting on last season and noting that raising the banner wraps up the previous season. "Once it gets up to the ceiling, last year is over, and we have to start a new journey."
Minnesota and Lindenwood wrap up this weekend's series at 2:07 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena.