In a fast-paced game that saw little break in the action, the University of Minnesota women’s hockey broke the game open in the second period with a trio of goals and defeated Minnesota Duluth, 4-1. Freshman Maryanne Menefee led the offensive push by notching two goals on the night.
The Gophers (11-0-0, 7-0-0 WCHA) broke through the brick wall midway through the second period as Bethany Brausen scored her first goal of the season and gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Brausen’s goal sparked Minnesota’s offense as they went on to score two more goals within the next four minutes.
Following a UMD (3-5-1, 2-4-1 WCHA) icing, junior Kelly Terry won the faceoff for the Maroon & Gold and tapped the puck back to Meghan Lorence. With the UMD defense scrambling to get into position, Lorence slid a pass through the crease and found Brausen on the backside of the goal. The junior slapped in the puck to take a 1-0 lead.
The other two goals in the period were tallied by freshman Maryanne Menefee. Her first came on a breakaway where she fought off a UMD defenseman and wristed a shot by the goaltender to make it 2-0. Menefee’s second came on Minnesota power play as Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt passed high-to-low before finding the East Lansing, Mich. native in the slot. The freshman quickly wristed a shot into the back of the net to extend the Maroon & Gold’s lead to 3-0. Kessel was credited with an assist on each Menefee goal while Mira Jalosuo and Brandt each got an assist as well.
Minnesota capitalized on another power play in the third period as senior Megan Bozek rocketed a shot past the goaltender from the blue line at 12:35. Brandt and fellow freshman Milica McMillen were tagged with the assist on the goal.
The Gophers were 2-for-4 on power play chances while killing all three of Minnesota Duluth’s power play opportunities.
Prior to Bozek’s goal, the Bulldogs negated the Maroon & Gold’s push for their seventh shutout of the season. Jamie Kenyon poked the puck in behind Noora Räty at the 6:05 mark.
Räty continues to inch her way towards the NCAA record for wins by garnering her 86th of her career and 11th of the season. The Finnish goaltender made 23 saves on the night.
The two WCHA rivals return to action tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. as the Gophers look to snatch its sixth sweep of the season and remain undefeated.