Nov. 25, 2012
Behind freshman goaltender Amanda Leveille, the University of Minnesota women's hockey team shutout New Hampshire to tie the NCAA record for consecutive road wins with 15. The 4-0 victory improves the Golden Gophers to 16-0-0 on the season and extends its ongoing NCAA winning streak to 24 games.
After tallying her first career goal yesterday, freshman Lee Stecklein decided to continue her scoring efforts by getting the Gophers on the board in the first period.
Junior Amanda Kessel battled for the puck behind the net and swung it around to senior Megan Bozek at the point. Bozek blasted a high shot on goal, but it was deflected by the UNH goaltender. Stecklein garnered the rebound on the backside of the goal and flicked the puck over the goaltender's pad to give the Maroon & Gold the 1-0 lead. Kessel and Bozek were each tabbed with an assist.
Minnesota carried the 1-0 lead into the intermission after putting 15 shots on net. The Gophers would continue bombarding the UNH goal in the second period as they extended their lead to 3-0 with Rachael Bona and Milica McMillen scoring.
Bona's goal came within the first two minutes of the second period as she went on a breakaway with junior Sarah Davis and senior Becky Kortum. Davis and Kortum carried the puck into the UNH zone before finding Bona in the slot for a wrist shot.
The Maroon & Gold's third goal was setup by junior Kelly Terry, who blazed through the Wildcats' defenseman. As she skated to the glove side of the goaltender, Terry dropped the puck back to McMillen, who was streaking down the slot. The freshman slapped in the puck to put Minnesota up 3-0.
Minnesota garnered its ninth shutout of the season behind a 16-save performance by Leveille. It was the second career start for the Canadian and the first time since Oct. 2, 2010 that someone other than Noora Räty started a road game for the Maroon & Gold.
The Gophers capped off their scoring in the third period as Kessel notched the team's seventh short-handed goal of the season early in the period.
Minnesota returns home next weekend for one of its biggest weekends of the year as they play host to rival Wisconsin. The bitter rivalry between the two increased last spring when the Gophers defeated the Badgers for the 2012 National Championship. The first game of the series is slated for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Admission for this game is just $1 for all fans as Minnesota attempts to break Ridder Arena's attendance record.
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