2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Freshman forward Abigail Boreen had a goal and an assist for the Gophers
Minnesota Earns Weekend Sweep With 3-1 Win At Yale
Freshman forward Abigail Boreen had a goal and an assist for the Gophers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Golden Gophers used a pair of first-period goals and an empty-netter in the final minute to skate to a 3-1 win over Yale at the Bulldogs' Ingalls Rink on Saturday. Abigail Boreen, Kippin Keller, and Grace Zumwinkle scored for the Maroon & Gold, and Minnesota improved to 15-2-1 overall with the win.

Minnesota (15-2-1, 9-2-1-0 WCHA) received two points each from Boreen (1g-1a) and Catie Skaja (2a) while Keller's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner. The Gophers outshot the Bulldogs, 44-18, and Alex Gulstene finished with 17 saves.

Yale (2-10-0, 2-6-0 ECAC Hockey) played the Gophers much tighter in game two after Minnesota cruised to a 7-1 win in game one of the non- conference series. The Bulldogs got 41 saves from goaltender Tera Hofmann along with a goal from Tabea Botthof.

"Well, it was a hard-fought battle here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "Credit to Yale, we knew they were going to come out better than they did yesterday. They're a well-coached team, and they did a great job. It was kind of a workman-like effort for us tonight. We played well, but obviously it was close right there until the end. Our team did a really good job finding a way and getting a sweep on the road."

Boreen scored her second career goal to put the Gophers on the board at the 11:35 mark of the first period before Keller netted her first of the season with 3:34 remaining in the opening frame. Skaja set up both goals, and the Gophers took a two-goal lead into the locker room.

The teams played a scoreless second period despite Minnesota holding an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal over the middle 20 minutes. Yale's Botthof then cut the Gophers' lead in half with 15:23 remaining, making it a one-goal game early in the third period, but the Gophers finished it off and won their eighth-straight game.

Minnesota was scoreless on two power plays but perfect on the penalty kill at one-for-one.

The Gophers return home to wrap up the first half of the season by hosting Robert Morris on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. Friday is Minnesota's annual Teddy Bear Toss, and the team's Skate with the Gophers event will take place after Saturday's game.

Game Summary

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Game statistics
44 Shots 18
0 / 2 Power Plays 0 / 1
2 / 4 PIM 3 / 6
15-2-1 Records 2-10-0
Minnesota Yale
Abigail Boreen (2)
Kippin Keller (1)
1st/16:26  GW
Tabea Botthof (2)
Grace Zumwinkle (12)
3rd/19:06  EN
Minnesota Yale
Alex Gulstene
59:29, 17 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 12-0-0)

Empty Net
0:31, 0 GA
Tera Hofmann
58:57, 41 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 2-7-0)

Empty Net
1:03, 1 GA