Freshman Hannah Brandt made a statement in her first collegiate game as she led the University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 7-0 victory over Colgate by notching a hat trick. Following Brandt acquired her hat trick in the first two periods, the Golden Gophers surged in the third period behind a quartet of goals.
It took longer than expected for the Golden Gophers to get on the board, but just under nine minutes into the game and during the Gophers’ first power play of the game, Brandt found herself scoring her first collegiate goal.
Fellow freshman Milica McMillen would rocket a shot from just inside the blue line but have it deflected by the Colgate keeper. The save was rebound by another freshman in Maryanne Menefee, who dished the puck off to Brandt. The WCHA’s Preseason Rookie of the Year, who was standing just outside the crease by the left post, then slapped in the power play goal to give the Maroon & Gold a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota only scored the lone first period goal despite taking a 25-5 shot on goal advantage into the locker room.
In the second period, the Gophers came out firing as they tallied 12 shots in the first five minutes with four being on goal.
The most important shot came right at the five-minute mark when Brandt poked in a goal from the front of the net again on a Gopher power play. McMillien and senior captain Megan Bozek were credited with the assists.
Brandt would complete her hat trick later in the period with a slap shot from the left side of the goal and put the Gophers up 3-0. Bozek again would be credited with an assist while Rachael Bona also received a point for her contribution on the play.
Colgate threatened the Gophers’ shutout with a few minutes left in the second period as they slipped through Minnesota’s defense and got two shots on goal from right in front of the net. Two-time All-American goalkeeper Noora Raty would sprawl out in front of the goal and negate two quality attempts by the Raiders before Bozek cleared the puck and preserving the shutout.
It wasn’t until the third period that Minnesota really opened the flood gates and bombarded the Raiders with goals.
The Maroon & Gold began the third period with a power play, and they took advantage of the numbers as Mira Jalosuo sliced in a goal from the left side of the net only 1:25 into the period. Becky Kortum was given the assist on the play.
Kortum would fin d herself on the other end of a goal four minutes later as she pounded in the Gophers’ fifth goal of the night on a breakaway, which was assisted by freshman Brook Garzone.
The Gophers’ leading scorer from last year, Amanda Kessel, decided to join the scoring party in the final period as well. She intercepted a pass at mid-ice and sped past the Raider defensemen to notch a one-on-one goal against Colgate’s goalkeeper just a minute after Kortum’s score.
To cap off the night, Kortum would tally another score 8:32 into the period as she was assisted by Bona and Rachel Ramsey.
The Gophers outshot Colgate 49-20 with Bozek recording seven shots and Brandt and Menefee each taking six.
Minnesota would hold Colgate from scoring a goal and extend Raty’s school record of shutouts to 27. Raty had a total of 20 saves on the night and moves to 1-0-0 on the season.
The Maroon & Gold are back at it again tomorrow night against the Raiders. Puck drop is slated for 4:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena.