MINNEAPOLIS -- Sydney Scobee earned a 21-save shutout and Grace Zumwinkle led the way with three points as the No. 2 University of Minnesota women's hockey team returned to WCHA play with a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.
Zumwinkle's three points came on one goal and two assists, and Minnesota (7-0-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) also received goals from Alex Woken and Olivia Knowles. The line of Woken, Zumwinkle, and Taylor Heise combined for a pair of first-period goals as the Gophers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and the Maroon & Gold extended the lead to three on Knowles' second-period tally.
Scobee's shutout performance marked her second of the season and seventh of her career. Minnesota outshot the visitors 28-21 for the game, and St. Cloud State (2-3-0, 0-3-0 WCHA) received 25 saves from goaltender Emma Polusny.
Play of the Game
Woken scored the eventual game-winning goal just 45 seconds into the game, marking the fastest goal Minnesota has scored to start a game this season. Knowles set up Zumwinkle, who fired the initial shot on target, before Woken cleaned up the rebound. The Gophers held the lead for 59:15 of the game's 60 minutes.
"Very workman-like effort tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "I thought all four of our lines, six defense, and Scobee in net produced a solid game overall. It's tough to get pucks past St. Cloud, but to get one in the first shift and get the momentum going, it was certainly to our benefit. Looking forward to another tough one tomorrow."
The Gophers and Huskies wrap up this weekend's WCHA series at 2:07 p.m. CT Sunday at Ridder Arena. Minnesota will hold its annual Alumni Day along with a special celebration for the 20th anniversary of the program's 1999-2000 AWCHA national championship team.