Oct. 25, 2013
BEMIDJI, Minn. –Junior Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and sophomore Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) made 19 saves as the No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Bemidji State at the Sanford Center Friday night.
Along with Lorence's two-goal effort, fellow junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) had a two-point game with one goal and one assist, and freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal. All three lines contributed to the scoring as 10 Gophers had at least one point in the win.
"I thought we played very well tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "We started a little slow, but that's to be expected when you outshoot them 13-3 but don't really get any quality scoring chances, but that's exactly how they [Bemidji State] wanted it."
Minnesota (7-0-0, 5-0-0 WCHA) broke the game open with three goals in the second period after outshooting Bemidji State by a 13-3 margin in a scoreless first period. The Gophers outshot BSU, 46-19, for the game.
"For a lot of our young kids, this is their first experience playing up in Bemidji and against Bemidji," Frost said. "It was nice to see us kind of blow the game open there in the second and get that three-goal lead and then extend it in the third."
Lorence scored the game-winning goal at the 3:06 mark of the second period off assists from senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) and sophomore Brook Garzone (Sand Springs, Okla.). Ramsey buried her third goal of the season just 3:52 later before Schipper pushed the lead to 3-0 at 18:29 of the middle frame.
Lorence added her second of the night and third of the year at the 13:32 mark of the third period. Senior Bethany Brausen (Little Canada, Minn.) fired a shot from junior Jordyn Burns (Chanhassen, Minn.), and the rebound popped out to Lorence on the doorstep.
Bemidji State (3-3-1, 0-1-0 WCHA) received 42 saves from freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat. Meanwhile, Leveille recorded her third shutout in the last four games.
The Gophers were 1-for-3 on the power play while holding the Beavers scoreless on their lone power play of the game.
The win moved Minnesota's NCAA-record winning streak to 56 games.
The Gophers and Beavers conclude the series at 4:07 p.m. CT tomorrow.
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