|1st||11:28||MIN||1-0||EV GW||Kate Schipper (1)||Cara Piazza/1|
|3rd||7:47||MIN||2-0||EV||Dani Cameranesi (6)||Kelly Pannek/11, Sarah Potomak/8|
|3rd||17:49||MIN||3-0||PP||Dani Cameranesi (7)||Sarah Potomak/9, Patti Marshall/5|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||3||3||3||9|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (3-6-1)||0/2||3/6||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (L, 3-3-1)||59:52||3||12||14||10||36|
|Sidney Peters (W, 9-1-0)||60:00||0||3||3||3||9|
MINNEAPOLIS - Senior Kate Schipper's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner and Sidney Peters earned a nine-save shutout as No. 2 Minnesota recorded a 3-0 win to seal the series sweep over St. Cloud State at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Minnesota (9-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) received two third-period goals from Dani Cameranesi along with Schipper's first-period tally. Sarah Potomak had two assists for the Gophers as well. Cameranesi (3g-3a) and Potomak (1g-5a) led the Maroon & Gold with six points each in the series after both picked up four points in Minnesota's 5-2 win in game one.
"Every point in our league is so valuable and so important," head coach Brad Frost said. "As you can see, St. Cloud is a very good team, and they've gotten some points off of some pretty good teams. Anytime we can sweep at home, it's important for us, and we are going to put those points in the bank."
St. Cloud State (3-6-1, 2-5-1-1 WCHA) was led by goaltender Janine Alder's 36 saves as Minnesota outshot the Huskies, 39-9.
"It was a good, hard fought win," Frost said. "I thought we did a lot of good things, in particular defensively. We didn't really allow too much, one 2-on-1 that we gave up. Sid was square to the puck and made a great save there to keep in 1-0."
Schipper put Minnesota on the board at the 11:28 mark of the first period, scoring her first goal of the season. Cara Piazza won the faceoff in the SCSU end, banked the puck off the end wall, and fed Schipper just outside the goal crease, where Schipper was able to poke the puck past Alder.
"Those games (1-0 games) are a little nerve-wracking because it's a bounce here, it's a bounce there," Frost said. "That's what I thought we did a really good job of, not giving them a lot. When you have puck on your stick, it's very easy to get complacent and give one up by being overly aggressive. I thought we stayed pretty disciplined that way." The teams played a scoreless second period before Cameranesi put the game away with a pair of third-period tallies. She scored off a feed from Kelly Pannek and Potomak at the 7:47 mark before notching a power-play goal with 2:11 remaining with assists from Potomak and Patti Marshall.
"Obviously getting those late goals there to put it away was big," Frost said. "It was really important for Schipper to get that first one. I thought her line generated some good chances. Overall we're really happy with the six points and looking forward to having a weekend off."
The Gophers were one-for-three on the power play while holding St. Cloud State scoreless on two opportunities with the man advantage.
Peters' nine-save effort marked her second shutout of the season and sixth of her career.
"This weekend Sid didn't give up a goal, which was through five and a half periods," Frost said. "I think she's just getting better and better, confident, and more comfortable being our starter."
"It felt good, the team played great in front of me," Peters said. "It made my life a lot easier than it could have been for sure. It was nice to get a sweep against a good team; every team in our league is strong, so it was a big weekend for us."
Minnesota hosts Minnesota State in a Friday/Sunday WCHA series next weekend at Ridder Arena. The Gophers and Mavericks face off at 6:07 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 4 and 2:07 p.m. CT Sunday, Nov. 6.