Jan. 31, 2014
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team (25-1-1, 19-1-1-0 WCHA) scored five unanswered goals to skate to a 5-1 win over No. 3 North Dakota in front of a UND-record crowd of 5,835 at Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday night.
Five Gophers had multi-point games, led by freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) with her first-career multi-goal effort. Juniors Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) each had a goal and an assist, and senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) and sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) each had two assists.
The Gophers were three-for-three on the power play and held North Dakota scoreless on one power-play opportunity, which came with three seconds remaining in the game.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ontario) made 31 saves as the Gophers outshot UND, 37-32. North Dakota's Lexie Shaw finished with 32 saves.
North Dakota (16-6-3, 13-5-3-2 WCHA) took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Becca Kohler, but the Gophers responded with a power-play goal by sophomore Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) to head into the first intermission locked at 1-1. Senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) skated behind the UND net and found Menefee in the slot to set up the game-tying goal at 9:05 of the first period.
Schipper then scored back-to-back goals in the first 3:05 of the second period. Davis won a face-off in the UND end and pushed the puck to Schipper at the top of the crease to set up the game-winning goal just 44 second into the period. Schipper added her fourth goal of the year on the power play 2:21 later.
Lorence scored her 13th goal of the year at the 18:06 mark of the period to cap a three-goal second period for the Gophers and extend her current goal streak to six goals in her last five games.
Bona completed the Gophers' three-for-three power-play effort with her team-leading 16th goal of the season at 15:01 of the third period. Davis set up her line-mate to seal Minnesota's 25th win of the season and push the Gophers' current unbeaten streak to 12-0-1.
Minnesota goes for the sweep over North Dakota in the series finale Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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