Nov. 8, 2013
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Freshman Kelsey Cline (Bloomington, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal as the University of Minnesota women's hockey team (11-0-0, 9-0-0 WCHA) recorded its 60th-straight victory with a 4-1 win over St. Cloud State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Friday afternoon.
The Gophers held a 3-0 lead after two periods, but St. Cloud State cut the lead to two early in the third. However, senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to seal the win for the Maroon and Gold.
"It was a great team win tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "We outshot St. Cloud fairly heavily and applied some good pressure, really used our speed on the big ice and came away with the win. It was nice to see Kelsey Cline get her first goal as a Gopher."
Senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead at the 5:43 mark of the first period. Sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) fired a shot through traffic from the point, and senior Bethany Brausen (Little Canada, Minn.) got a stick on it before Davis poked it past SCSU goaltender Julie Friend.
Cline score her first career goal at the 14:26 mark of the second period when junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) found her in the slot, and the freshman one-timed the puck past Friend. Junior Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) netted her seventh goal of the season just 34 seconds later to make it 3-0.
"Scoring a couple quick goals there at the end of the second really put us in a good position to come into the third period and put the game away," Frost said.
St. Cloud State (1-7-3, 1-6-2-1 WCHA) cut the Gophers' lead to 3-1 at the 1:07 mark of the third period when Payge Pena buried a loose puck on the weak side. However, senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) scored her team-best eighth goal of the season on a solo effort at 3:51, moving the puck through the face-off circle and beating Friend up high to seal the win.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) made 19 saves, and Friend finished with 41 stops as Minnesota outshot St. Cloud State, 45-20, for the game.
The Gophers were 0-for-2 on the power-play while holding the Huskies scoreless on their lone opportunity with the man advantage.
The Gophers and Huskies return to the ice for the series finale at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Top-Three Border Battle Up Next
No. 3 Minnesota travels to No. 1 Wisconsin for a WCHA series this Friday and Saturday.
Gophers Earn Road Sweep
Minnesota defeated Minnesota State, 2-1, in game two of this weekend's series to secure a WCHA sweep.
Gophers Roll Past Mavericks, 11-1
Seven Gophers scored goals as Minnesota earned an 11-1 win over Minnesota State on the road Friday afternoon.