Freshman Maryanne Menefee tallied the first and last goal for the University of Minnesota women's hockey team in their 4-0 win over St. Cloud State. The victory gives the No. 1-ranked Golden Gophers a WCHA opening weekend sweep over the rival Huskies.
The Gophers struggled for most of the first period to get scoring opportunities as they were unable to capitalize on their first two power play opportunities, which has been their strength thus far this season. Things changed in the final five minutes of the period as the Maroon & Gold settled down and took advantage of their third and final power play of the period at 16:33.
Amanda Kessel would control the puck on the left side of the net before centering to Milica McMillen. The freshman defenseman would launch a shot from point, which would be tipped off the end of Menefee’s stick and shoot over the SCSU goaltender’s shoulder.
The second period mimicked much of the first as neither team took true control of the game. Minnesota had a pair of quality chances with a Brook Garzone shot flipping over the goal at 5:37 and a number of poke shots at 10:31 when the Huskies’ goalie fell into the net, but it wasn’t until 11:05 that the Maroon & Gold netted their second score of the night.
Freshman Lee Stecklein would intercept a SCSU pass and begin to skate down center ice with a 3-on-2 opportunity. Stecklein would swing over to the right wing, draw a defenseman and pass to a streaking Meghan Lorence, who filled the center lane. Lorence would quickly slap the puck inside the left post to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead.
It was a different story for the Gophers in the third period as they took advantage of an early power play to extend their lead to 3-0.
Minnesota would pass the puck around the SCSU defense before freshman Hannah Brandt saw an opening and slapped a shot off the goalie’s shoulder. Brandt’s shot, which was setup by McMillen and Kessel, rotated over the goaltender and landed inside the goal.
The Gophers kept it rolling as Menefee would net another score at 10:49 on a Kessel pass across the face of the goal.
With the 4-0 advantage, the Maroon & Gold would coast the rest of the period and hold on to their third shutout of the year.
Senior Noora Räty would be credited with her third win of the season, as she tallied 20 saves for the Gophers.
The Golden Gophers hit the road next weekend for their first road trip of the season. The squad heads to face No. 7 St. Lawrence on Oct. 12-13.