MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 3 University of Minnesota women's hockey team skated to a 2-1 win over visiting Minnesota State to earn its second-straight WCHA sweep on Friday night at Ridder Arena.
Minnesota (5-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) took a 1-0 when Audrey Wethington scored her first collegiate goal at the 12:58 mark of the first period. A. Wethington stuffed the puck past Minnesota State goaltender Lauren Barbro off a feed from her sister Madeline Wethington and Olivia Knowles. Grace Zumwinkle then doubled the Gophers' lead with a power-play goal from Crystalyn Hengler and Emily Oden in the second stanza.
Minnesota State (1-5-0, 1-5-0 WCHA) answered with a goal from Brittyn Fleming with 29 seconds remaining in the middle frame, and the teams played a scoreless third period as the Gophers closed out the series sweep.
Makayla Pahl earned the win in net for the Maroon & Gold, making 18 saves in her first game of the season, while the Mavericks received 29 saves from Barbro. The Gophers had a 31-19 advantage in shots on goal after being out-shot 41-28 in game one of the series on Thursday despite winning 5-1.
- A. Wethington became the fourth Minnesota rookie to score her first collegiate goal, joining Anne Cherkowski, Abbey Murphy, and Josey Dunne.
- Zumwinkle's goal marked her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
- The Gophers went two-for-two tonight to improve to a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill this season.
- Minnesota extended its current winning streak against Minnesota State to 50-0-0, dating back to January 2010.
Friday's game marked Minnesota's last game of the first half of the season. League play for the second half of the 2020-21 WCHA season will resume as early as Jan. 1, 2021. The post-holiday league schedule, along with the format for the 2021 WCHA Final Faceoff, will be announced at a later date.