Menefee Hat Trick Leads Minnesota Past Minnesota State, 7-3
Junior forward Maryanne Menefee has hat trick and assist for Gophers

Junior forward Maryanne Menefee had a hat trick and an assist for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:18  MIN1-0 EV Maryanne Menefee (10)Hannah Brandt/25, Dani Cameranesi/23
1st 9:00  MIN2-0 EV Meghan Lorence (12)Milica McMillen/10
2nd 0:13  MIN3-0 PP Maryanne Menefee (11)Hannah Brandt/26, Milica McMillen/11
2nd 2:22  MNS1-3 EV Kathleen Rogan (3)Nicole Schammel/8
2nd 13:12  MIN4-1 EV GW Cara Piazza (6)Lee Stecklein/16, Rachael Bona/19
2nd 15:44  MIN5-1 EV Sydney Baldwin (3)Dani Cameranesi/24
2nd 17:48  MNS2-5 EV Sara Bustad (1) -
3rd 3:46  MIN6-2 EV Maryanne Menefee (12)Dani Cameranesi/25, Kelly Pannek/19
3rd 12:53  MNS3-6 EV Casey Hirsch (2)Elin Johansson/2
3rd 18:55  MIN7-3 EV Rachel Ramsey (6)Maryanne Menefee/12, Hannah Brandt/27
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0213
Minnesota  2327
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  271019
Minnesota  23182061
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (2-18-1)  0/2 3/6 0
Minnesota (20-1-3)  1/3 2/4 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Erin Krichiver (L, 1-14-1)60:007 21151854
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sidney Peters (W, 4-0-1)60:003 25916

MINNEAPOLIS - Junior Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) scored her second career hat trick to lead the No. 2 Golden Gophers to a 7-3 win over Minnesota State at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Menefee added an assist to her three-goal effort to lead all players with four points. Minnesota (20-1-3, 13-1-3-1 WCHA) also received three assists each from junior Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and sophomore Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.). Junior Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) recorded two points on a pair of assists as well.

Minnesota State (2-18-1, 0-14-1-0 WCHA) received goals from Kathleen Rogan, Sara Bustad and Casey Hirsch. The Mavericks also got 54 saves from goaltender Erin Krichiver as the Gophers held a 61-19 advantage in shots on goal.

"It was a good game here tonight, offensively putting up a lot of shots and a lot of nice rebound goals, things that we've been focusing on in regards to getting to the net a little more and getting some dirty goals," head coach Brad Frost said. "We got a little loose defensively at times, but overall we're happy with the win. We know it'll be a lot tougher tomorrow down in Mankato, a tough place to play, but we're looking forward to it."

The Gophers led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Menefee and senior Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.). Menefee then scored her second of the game to give the Minnesota a 3-0 lead just 13 seconds into the second period, scoring the team's first power-play goal in its last five games (1-for-12).

The Mavericks got on the board at 2:22 of the second period as a goal by Kathleen Rogan cut the Gopher lead to two. However, freshmen Cara Piazza (Darien, Ill.) and Sydney Baldwin (Minnetonka, Minn.) extended Minnesota's lead to four at 5-1 before the MSU tallied their second of the period to make it a three-goal game at the second intermission.

The teams combined for three more goals in the third period. Menefee completed her hat trick with 16:14 remaining, and Minnesota State's Hirsch tallied her second goal of the year midway through the period. Senior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) scored her sixth of the season with just 1:05 on the clock to seal the 7-3 win.

Redshirt freshman Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) made 16 saves in her fifth career start and improved to 4-0-1 on the year.

With the win and a 2-1 Wisconsin loss to Bemidji State, the Gophers have moved into first place in the WCHA standings with 43 points, ahead of the Badgers (41 points), Ohio State (30) and Bemidji State (29) rounding out the top half of the league standings.

The Gophers go for a sweep over the Mavericks when the teams wrap up this weekend's series at 4 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon in Mankato, Minn., at All Seasons Arena.