March 2, 2012
The Golden Gopher women's hockey team earned a spot in the WCHA Final Face-off championship game with a 6-0 win over North Dakota tonight in Duluth, Minn. Noora Raty tallied her 24th career shutout and ninth this season with the win. Sarah Davis notched her first career hat trick with three goals in the game.
Just over two minutes into the game, Sarah Davis put the puck in the net, but after a review, the goal was not counted as she kicked the puck into the net. It wouldn't take Minnesota long to get on the scoreboard, though, as Emily West scored three minutes and 21 seconds into the game, with an assist by Kelly Seeler. The score remained 1-0 through much of the first period, before Sarah Davis scored with just over a minute remaining to put the Gophers ahead 2-0 going into intermission. Emily West assisted on
Sarah Davis struck again four minutes into the second period, assisted by Sarah Erickson and Megan Bozek, putting the Gophers ahead 4-0. Kelly Seeler went to the penalty box two minutes later, giving UND a power play opportunity. The Gophers held strong, and added their fourth goal shortly after returning to full strength. Jen Schoullis scored
Emily West got her second goal of the game when she scored on a deflection 12 and a half minutes into the period, assisted by Mira Jalosuo and Rachel Ramsey. With seven and a half minutes remaining in the period,
Sarah Davis tallied her third goal of the game and first career hat trick with a goal three and a half minutes into the third period. West and Kessel had assists, giving West four points in the game to tie her career best.
Shots on goal were even for the teams, with
The Gophers will play Minnesota Duluth in the tournament finale tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena in
WCHA First Round Tickets On Sale Now
Minnesota will host a WCHA First Round best-of-three series at Ridder Arena Feb. 26-28.
Gophers Head to UMD for Road Finale
No. 3 Minnesota faces Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena in the team's final regular-season road trip this weekend.
Gophers Tie UND 0-0, Fall in Shootout
Minnesota and North Dakota skated to a scoreless tie in the series finale Saturday evening.