Feb. 7, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Seven different Gophers scored as the top-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team erupted for six second-period goals en route to a 10-0 win over visiting Bemidji State at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Minnesota (27-1-1, 21-1-1-0 WCHA) received five goals from the line of junior Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.), senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) and freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) as Bona and Davis each tallied four points on two goals and two assists. Schipper added one goal and three assists for a career-high four-point game.
Sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) added two goals, and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) recorded a career-high four assists. Freshman Kate Flug (Roseville, Minn.) registered her first collegiate point with an assist in the win as well.
"Obviously as you look as the score, our team played very well tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "The second period was the key for us, scoring all those goals in a four-minute span. It's definitely not going to be an easy game tomorrow. There's a lot of pride over in that [BSU] locker room, and I'm sure they'll come out better than they did today."
After taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission on first-period goals from Schipper and senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.), the Gophers used a six-goal second period to cruise past the Beavers. Minnesota scored five goals in a 4:12 span for the fastest five goals on record in Gopher women's hockey program history. The previous record was five goals in 6:23 in 2000.
Brandt began the scoring barrage at the 5:00 mark of the second period, and sophomore Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.) scored on a feed from Flug and Ramsey just 39 seconds later.
Davis and Bona then scored 29 seconds apart at 8:04 and 8:33, respectively. Brandt tallied her second of the night to make it 7-0 midway through the second period at 9:12. Davis scored again at 13:42 to give Minnesota an 8-0 lead after two periods.
Bona scored her team-leading 18th goal of the season at 4:28 of the third period before senior Bethany Brausen (Little Canada, Minn.) capped the 10-goal game with her third of the season. Minnesota's 10 goals marked the most by the Gophers in a single game since a 10-2 rout at New Hampshire on Nov. 24, 2012.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) earned her 10th shutout of the season with 21 saves as the Gophers outshot the Beavers, 40-21.
Bemidji State (9-17-3, 6-15-2-1 WCHA) received 19 saves on 24 shots from freshman Brittni Mowat over the first 28:04 before senior Jessica Havel made 11 saves on 16 shots in the final 31:56.
Both teams were 0-for-1 on the power play, and all 10 goals were scored at even strength.
Minnesota and Bemidji State meet in game two of the series at 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday. The Gophers are holding a "Gold Out" at Ridder Arena where the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free gold t-shirt courtesy of the University of Minnesota's Unlimited Dance Marathon to benefit Amplatz Children's Hospital.
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