NEW HAVEN, Ct. -- Sophomore Grace Zumwinkle scored her first career hat trick and led the Golden Gophers with five points as the No. 2 University of Minnesota women's hockey team earned a 7-1 win over Yale at Ingalls Rink on Friday night.
Along with Zumwinkle's three-goal effort, Minnesota (14-2-1, 9-2-1-0 WCHA) received goals from Nicole Schammel (1g-3a), Taylor Wente (1g-2a), Emily Brown (1g-2a), and Olivia Knowles (1g).
Minnesota was two-for-three on the power play while holding Yale (2-9-0, 2-6-0 ECAC Hockey) scoreless on two power-play opportunities. The Bulldogs' lone goal was a shorthanded tally by Claire Dalton.
Sydney Scobee made eight saves for the Gophers in her first game since Oct. 28, and Minnesota outshot Yale, 46-9. In net for the Bulldogs, Tera Hofmann finished with 17 saves on 22 shots faced in the game's opening 33:04 before Kyra O'Brien played the last 26:56 and made 22 saves on 24 shots for the home team.
"A really solid effort on the road, I'm proud of our team," head coach Brad Frost said. "Grace Zumwinkle with three goals there in the second period, our power play was good, and our penalty kill was very good as well. Just overall a really solid effort from the team, and we're really looking forward to tomorrow."
Schammel opened the scoring when she netted her fifth goal of the season off a redirect from a Crystalyn Hengler shot at the point to put Minnesota up 1-0 at the 5:25 mark of the first period. Zumwinkle picked up the second assist on the play.
The Gophers extended their lead to two at the 12:48 mark of the first period. Zumwinkle won a faceoff in the offensive zone and found Wente, who got a quick shot off and beat Yale's Hofmann.
Yale got on the board with 17 seconds remaining in the first period when Dalton scored a shorthanded goal -- the first shorthanded goal the Gophers have allowed this season. The Maroon & Gold took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
The second period saw the Gophers extend their lead to five at 6-1 as Brown scored on the power play just 28 seconds into the period before Zumwinkle recorded a natural hat trick, the first three goal game of her career. Zumwinkle's hat trick was bookended by power-play goals, and Minnesota led by five through two periods.
Knowles iced the win when she scored her second goal of the season with 8:55 remaining.
The Gophers have now scored seven, eight, six, and seven goals in their last four games, averaging seven goals per game over the four-game stretch. For the season, Minnesota ranks third in the nation with 4.29 goals per game in 17 games played.
The teams meet in game two of this week's non-conference series at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.