Led by Amanda Kessel with four goals, No. 2/3 Minnesota earned an 11-0 victory over New Hampshire tonight at Ridder Arena. The Gophers improved to 11-2-0 overall with the nonconference win. New Hampshire falls to 4-7-2 on the season. The Gophers tallied their sixth shutout of the season and had points from 18 players in the game.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first 15 minutes of play, with senior Emily West putting the Gophers on the board 15 minutes, 41 seconds into the game. The goal marked West's sixth of the season. Kelly Terry and Sarah Davis had assists on the power play goal. Just over three minutes later, freshman Meghan Lorence gave the Gophers a two-goal lead with her fourth goal of the season. Rachael Bona and Becky Kortum were credited with assists. The assist was Kortum's first point of the season.
The second period was a scoring fest for the Gophers, with six goals scored in the period. Junior Megan Bozek scored an unassisted goal on the power play, her seventh goal of the season, two minutes, 28 seconds into the period to give Minnesota a three-goal lead. Sophomore Amanda Kessel notched her first of four goals in the game, five minutes and 47 seconds into the period. Her linemates, Sarah Erickson and Jen Schoullis had assists on the goal. Kessel scored again at 14:27, getting a power play goal with assists from Terry and Rachel Ramsey, giving the Gophers a five-goal lead. Just over two minutes later, Sarah Davis put Minnesota up 6-0 with her third goal of the season. Ramsey and Kelly Seeler were credited with assists. Less than a minute later, at 17:32, Kessel scored her third goal of the period, giving the Gophers a 7-0 lead, with assists from goalie Noora Raty and Anne Schleper. The assist for Raty marks her first point of the season. It took just 27 seconds for the Gophers to extend their lead to 8-0 when sophomore defenseman Baylee Gillanders got her first goal as a Gopher, with assists from Erickson and Kessel.
Both Minnesota and New Hampshire came into the final period with new goalies as Shyler Sletta entered the game for the Gophers and Moe Bradley took the ice for the Wildcats. Sophomore Bethany Brausen got her first goal of the season to put Minnesota ahead 9-0. Samantha Downey and Stephanie Anderson had assists on the goal, the assist was Downey's first point of the season. Amanda Kessel got her fourth goal to put Minnesota up by 10, marking a career-best for goals in a game. Schoullis had the assist. Downey got her first goal of the season to bring the final tally to 11-0, with an assist from Anderson.
Minnesota scored 11 goals in a game for the first time since an 11-1 victory at home against BemidjiState on Jan. 17, 2009, and won by 11 goals for the first time since a 12-1 win over Ohio State in Columbus on Jan. 10, 2009.
With four goals in tonight's game, Amanda Kessel became the ninth Gopher to score four or more goals in a game, and the first since 2009. The hat trick by Kessel was the third of her career and second this season.
Minnesota is now 7-5-3 all-time against the Wildcats.
The same teams face off again tomorrow afternoon, with a start time of 4:07 at Ridder Arena.