Jan. 10, 2010

 

Courtesy of Minnesota

The No. 2 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team earned a 6-0 shutout win and a series sweep over No. 10 Ohio State tonight at Ridder Arena. Sarah Erickson set a career-high four assists, while linemates Brittany Francis and Emily West each had a goal and an assist to lead the Gopher scoring drive. Anne Schleper had two goals, while sophomore goaltender Alyssa Grogan posted her second shutout of the season for the win.

Minnesota set the tone early when West scored her 15th goal of the season at 1:08 in the first. Francis tipped the puck to West, while Erickson won the faceoff to set up the play. Schleper found the back of the net when she scored from the right circle at 7:06 in the first period. Francis netted a goal of her own and scored her fourth in three games at 19:51 in the third. Linemates West and Erickson tallied the assists. By the end of the first period, Minnesota’s line of West, Erickson and Francis tallied eight points.

The Gophers added another in the second when Katie Frischmann scored her first goal of her Gopher career at 7:55 in the second. Frischmann jammed in the puck, while Sam Downey and Terra Rasmussen tallied the assists.

Schleper found the net for the second time in the game when she scored at 7:37 in the third. Erickson established a career-high in points and assists. The last time the Gophers had someone tally four assists in the game came on Jan. 3 when former Gopher Gigi Marvin accomplished the feat against Niagara.

Allowing the fourth goal, the Gophers knocked out starting goaltender Chelsea Knapp. She finished the game with 18 saves and was later replaced by Barbara Bilko. Becky Kortum scored her second goal of the season at 12:14 in the third after she banged in a rebound attempt from Laura May.

The West goal at 1:08 in the first would be all that Grogan would need to earn the shutout. Grogan had eight saves in the first, nine in the second and nine in the third for a three-period total of 26.

Minnesota will have a quick turnaround as it plays the United States National Team on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Ridder Arena. Game time is at 7 p.m. Following the exhibition team against the U.S., the Gophers will then travel to Bemidji State, Jan. 15-16.