|1st||16:10||MIN||1-0||EV||Kelly Pannek (2)||Sarah Potomak/5, Dani Cameranesi/6|
|2nd||4:20||MIN||2-0||EV||Sarah Potomak (9)||Dani Cameranesi/7, Kelly Pannek/10|
|3rd||2:19||MIN||3-0||SH GW||Cara Piazza (3)||Sarah Potomak/6|
|3rd||6:58||MIN||4-0||EV||Dani Cameranesi (5)||Sarah Potomak/7|
|3rd||8:38||STC||1-4||EV||Kayla Friesen (2)||Hannah Potrykus/1, Kelsey Saelens/2|
|3rd||10:03||STC||2-4||EV||Payge Pena (2)||-|
|3rd||10:56||MIN||5-2||EV||Kelly Pannek (3)||Lee Stecklein/6, Dani Cameranesi/8|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||2||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||1||3||8||12|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (3-5-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (L, 3-2-1)||60:00||5||9||12||12||33|
|Sidney Peters (W, 8-1-0)||46:54||0||1||3||2||6|
MINNEAPOLIS - The Gophers' line of Dani Cameranesi, Kelly Pannek, and Sarah Potomak combined for four goals and 11 points as the No. 2 Minnesota women's hockey team skated to a 5-2 victory over visiting St. Cloud State Thursday night at Ridder Arena.
Pannek led the Gophers with two goals and added an assist for a three-point night, while Cameranesi and Potomak each tallied one goal and three assists for four-point efforts. Minnesota (8-1-0, 6-1-0-0 WCHA) also received a goal from Cara Piazza.
Sidney Peters made six saves on six shots faced over the first 47 minutes of the game before Serena D'Angelo made four saves on six shots in the game's final 13 minutes. The Gophers out-shot the Huskies, 38-12, for the game.
St. Cloud State (3-5-1, 2-4-1-1 WCHA) received 33 saves from Janine Alder along with third-period goals from Payge Pena and Kayla Friesen.
"We are happy with the win there; it was nice to get five goals," head coach Brad Frost said. "We are still searching for some secondary scoring, but the penalty kill was pretty good tonight, and we generated some things on the power play. Overall, it was nice to win by more than a goal. So, looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow, I still think we have another gear, and hopefully we get there tomorrow."
Pannek put Minnesota on the board first at the 16:10 mark of the first period as the Gophers scored the first goal of the game for the first time in six games. Minnesota took the 1-0 lead and a 10-1 lead in shots on goal into the first intermission.
Potomak made it 2-0 Minnesota at the 4:20 mark of the second period when she scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season with assists going to Cameranesi and Pannek.
"Offensively Pannek, Potomak, and Cameranesi are carrying us right now," Frost said. "It's good that they're putting the puck in the net. They've got really good chemistry; they're all different players. They feed off each other really well. When one scores, the other one wants to score. They're willing to be pretty selfless with the puck and move that thing around."
The teams then combined for five goals in the third period, beginning with Piazza's third goal of the year. With Pannek in the penalty box, Piazza got into the SCSU zone on a short-handed breakaway off a feed from Potomak. Piazza was able to beat Alder on her glove side to put the Gophers up by three at the 2:19 mark of the third period.
"It was a great goal shorthanded there (by Cara), and hopefully it sparks her to get going," Frost said. "Nicole Schammel had a ton of great chances tonight, and their goaltender made some nice saves. We hit some posts and crossbars with Kate Schipper and others, so it's going to go eventually, it's just a matter of when."
"We take a lot of pride in being a very balanced offensive team, and that's something we haven't really found," Pannek said. "Sarah has been scoring a lot of our goals. Even Dani and I have been a little frustrated just being people that our team relies on. It was huge for Cara to get a goal shorthanded. Hopefully she will bring that to her line and get them going too, because that's huge. It'll just trickle down I think once everyone else starts contributing."
Cameranesi continued the hot scoring of her line when she extended the Gophers' lead to 4-0 with her fifth goal of the season at the 6:58 mark of the third period. Serena D'Angelo replaced Peters in net for the game's final 13:02 following Cameranesi's goal.
The Huskies spoiled the Gophers' shutout with two quick goals by Payge Pena and Kayla Friesen just 1:25 apart, but Pannek scored her second of the game with 9:04 remaining to extend Minnesota's lead back to three at 5-2.
"St. Cloud State did a really good job, the first two periods in particular, just denying any quality chances," Frost said. "We had that lapse there in the third where we gave up a couple goals, which is pretty tough for Serena when she comes in cold off of the bench and gave up those first two shots. Overall, I thought we controlled things and our D was a big part of that.
"St. Cloud State skates really well, and they're not clogging things up as much as other teams are. They're a real good skating team, and that's why they are having the opportunities that they're having."
Both teams were scoreless on two power play opportunities as the Gophers' penalty kill continued its success. Minnesota is now 24-for-27 (.889) on the penalty kill this season.
Minnesota and St. Cloud State wrap up this week's series with game two at 7:07 p.m. CT Friday night at Ridder Arena. Fans are invited to celebrate Halloween with the Gophers by dressing up in costumes for a fun night of Halloween activities.