Oct. 27, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey had a slow start to Saturday afternoon’s game against North Dakota, but a four-goal third period guided the Golden Gophers to a 5-1 triumph over rival North Dakota. With the win, the Maroon & Gold improve to 9-0-0 while UND drops to 4-3-0.
The two foes entered the third period knotted at 1-1, but the Gophers opened the game up with under 10 minutes remaining in the game as they tallied four goals to escape Grand Forks, N.D.
At 12:30 in the third, freshman Hannah Brandt poked the puck away from a UND player in the neutral zone and started a Gopher offensive push. Brandt skated down the left side with fellow freshman Maryanne Menefee on the left. The Vadnais Heights, Minn. native attempted to pass across the face off the goal to Menefee, but her pass was deflected. Luckily, sophomore Rachael Bona was trailing the play and quickly slug a wrist shot past the UND goaltender, giving the Gophers a 2-1 lead.
Minnesota didn’t wait long to extend their lead as freshman Milica McMillen blasted a slap shot past the goalie at 15:25.
The scoring frenzy continued a minute and a half later as Brook Garzone deflected a Baylee Gillanders’ shot from the point. Garzone’s deflection was enough to catch the goaltender in a bad position and make it a three-goal lead.
Brandt added an empty-net goal as time expired to cap off the 5-1 win.
Even though Minnesota notched five goals, it took a while for them to get the offense going.
To start the game, UND controlled the puck in the Gopher end for much of the period, but thanks to a number of great saves by senior goaltender Noora Raty, Minnesota was able to hold North Dakota scoreless. And for the first time all season, the Maroon & Gold would not score a first period goal or carry a lead into the intermission.
After not having a goal in the first period, both teams felt it was necessary to get on the board early in the second period with each scoring a goal within the first minute of play.
UND was first to get on the board as they won a faceoff in the Gophers’ end. The tip would trickle back to Tori Williams, who controlled and slapped a shot just under the cross bar, giving North Dakota the 1-0 lead early in the second.
It took the Maroon & Gold only nine seconds to respond as UND’s Monique Lamoureux was called for hooking immediately following the faceoff at center ice. With the extra skater, Minnesota controlled the puck at the blue line with Megan Bozek. The senior captain saw an opening and wristed a shot towards the near post and beat the goaltender on her stick side.
Despite the early scores in the period, both teams had trouble generating offensive chances the remainder of the period as they entered the locker rooms tied, 1-1.
Raty played a stellar game in net for the Gophers as she allowed only one goal and made 21 saves. The win goes down as her 84th victory, which is now the most wins in Minnesota history.
After being outshot 10-5 in the first period, Minnesota came back to allow only 12 shots to UND in the final two periods while the Gophers had 23 additional attempts.
UND and Minnesota will be back at it tomorrow at 2 p.m. as the Gophers look to garner their fifth sweep this year.