Nov. 24, 2012
Two goals within the first five minutes of the game set the pace for the University of Minnesota women's hockey team as they routed New Hampshire, 10-2. A total of seven Golden Gophers tallied a goal in the team's 23rd-straight victory.
The scoring frenzy began in the first period as junior Amanda Kessel and freshman Hannah Brandt, who both are tied as the nation's leading scorers, combined to score all three of Minnesota's goals in the period. Kessel tallied the first goal on a two against one opportunity, and Brandt recorded the next two by ricocheting them off the Wildcat goaltender's backside.
Both Kessel and Brandt recorded five points in the game and remain knotted for the NCAA lead in points (43).
After allowing a trio of goals, UNH was able to notch a goal of their own before heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, it was the same story for the Golden Gophers. This time it was freshman Lee Stecklein and sophomore Rachael Bona who netted back-to-back goals within the first four minutes of the period. Stecklein's goal was the first of her career and came on a Minnesota power play, while Bona's was her fifth of the year.
Again, New Hampshire mustered enough together to record a goal midway through the period on a power play, but it wasn't enough as sophomore Meghan Lorence and junior Bethany Brausen each knocked in a goal before the second period ended to extend the lead to 7-2.
Statistically, the second period was the most even of the three with the Maroon & Gold being held to just nine shots on goal while the Wildcats had five. Minnesota was just able to make their opportunities count as they netted four goals to UNH's one.
The trend continued in the third as Kessel scored within the first minute. Junior Kelly Terry added a short-handed goal later in the period, and Brandt notched the second hat trick of her career to give the Gophers 10 goals.
Senior goaltender Noora Räty played all 60 minutes to record her 90th career win, which is only 10 away from tying the NCAA record.
The Gophers look to not only garner the sweep of New Hampshire tomorrow at 1 p.m., but with a win, they would match the NCAA record for consecutive road wins (15).
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