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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team had no shortage of offense on Saturday afternoon against Colgate as they netted four goals in the first period and never looked back en route to a 11-0 win. Junior Amanda Kessel, freshmen Hannah Brandt and freshman Maryanne Menefee scored two goals each while fellow newcomer Amanda Leveille recorded her first career shutout.
The No. 1-ranked Maroon & Gold didn't waste time in powdering the Colgate goaltender as they netted the first goal within the first three minutes.
With the Raiders' defending against a power play, senior Megan Bozek positioned herself to the right of the goalie and dished the puck off to Brandt, who was staked out on the right side of the goal line. Brandt quickly swiped the puck to junior Amanda Kessel, who was streaking down center ice and blasted a shot just under the crossbar to put Minnesota up 1-0.
Brandt found herself tallying a score just three minutes later as she snuck the puck inside the right post to put the Gophers up 2-0 just 5:48 into the game. The freshman was setup by sophomore Rachael Bona and Menefee. The score was the first of two for Brandt.
Sandwiched in between Brandt's pair of goals was a score by Meghan Lorence, who wrapped a shot around the right post to beat the Raiders' keeper on her stick side. Lorence's goal was her first of the season and was assisted by Bona and senior Becky Kortum.
Brandt's second goal was acquired 16:55 into the first period as Menefee setup the Vadnais Heights, Minn. native, who slapped a shot under the goaltender's glove.
Meanwhile in goal, Leveille was a battery with saving eight shots in the first period.
The Gophers would remain in control for the half and carry their 4-0 advantage all the way to the end of the period.
In the second, Minnesota continued to control possession of the puck and threaten to extend their lead, but Colgate held strong until the second half of the period. Kessel would take the reins in the second period as she tallied a goal and an assist.
The Wisconsin native's score came 11:41 into the second period as she rebounded a Bozek shot attempt and poked the puck under the keeper's stick.
Kessel, along with Brandt, would assist Menefee for her first career game five minutes later. With Menefee flying down the ice to the far post, Kessel slipped the puck in front of the goal from left-to-right to hit the freshman. Menefee would draw back her stick and slap in the Gophers' sixth goal.
Menefee wasn't done scoring as she opened up the third period with a goal within the first minute of play, which was also assisted by Kessel.
The early third period goal was the first-of-five Minnesota would net. Other goals were scored by Bozek, Mira Jalosuo, Lorence and sophomore transfer Jordyn Burns, who tallied her first goal with the Gophers.
Leveille would continue to hold the Raiders scoreless the full 60 minutes and garner her first career win. The Ontario native would record a total of 21 saves on the afternoon en route to her shutout.
Minnesota remains home next weekend for back-to-back nightcaps against St. Cloud State. Friday's game is slated for 7:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena, and it will be the Gophers' first WCHA contest of the season.
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