Nov. 17, 2012
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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team now owns the longest winning streak in NCAA history. The Golden Gophers (14-0-0, 10-0-0 WCHA) won their 22nd consecutive game Saturday, beating Minnesota State (4-8-2, 2-6-2 WCHA) by a score of 9-1. The Gophers had an offensive explosion in the last two periods and outshot the Mavericks 48-11 overall. Amanda Kessel led the Gophers with two goals and three assists. Megan Bozek also scored two goals, and Kelly Terry had four assists.
Hannah Brandt opened the scoring with a power play goal at 11:21. She took a pass from Bozek, weaved through the Maverick defenders, and put a wrist shot over the goalie's left shoulder from above the faceoff circle. Noora Räty had the second assist.
The Gophers outshot the Mavericks 13-3 in the first period, but entered intermission in a 1-1 tie after Minnesota State took advantage of a 5-on-3 situation. The Mavericks' Lauren Smith scored on Noora Räty's open right side of the net after the Gopher goalie slipped onto her back. Smith was assisted by Emilia Andersson and Lauren Barnes. It was the first goal Minnesota has allowed in a first period this season.
The Gophers picked up the scoring in the second. Minnesota regained the lead during a 5-on-3 of its own. Maryanne Menefee passed from the corner to Bozek, who one-timed it from the point and into the net at 10:54. Amanda Kessel had the second assist. Becky Kortum scored seconds later while the Gophers were still on a power play. Terry and Rachel Ramsey were credited with the assists.
Rachel Bona added to the lead with a wrist shot from directly in front of the net at 14:51. Terry and Ramsey assisted again. Kessel made it 5-1, scoring after she shed a Maverick defender and goalie Danielle Butters fell.
The pattern continued in the third. Bozek and Kessel each added their second goals of the night. Mira Jalosuo and Menefee also scored. Amanda Leveille played a shutout third period in goal. Räty earned the win playing the first and second.
The Gophers' 22-game winning streak extends back to last season's win over North Dakota on Feb. 18. Minnesota snapped Harvard's record of 21 straight wins set in 2008.
The Gophers' next games will be at New Hampshire on Nov. 24 and 25.
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