No. 3 Minnesota stays perfect
Roundup: Freshman Tutino paces No. 4 BU past Niagara
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn, -- The No. 4 Golden Gophers defeated St. Cloud State 6-0 on Friday night at Ridder Arena. Minnesota moves to 3-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in WCHA play. St. Cloud State falls to 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in WCHA action.
Sophomore Amanda Kessel put the Gophers on the scoreboard five minutes into the game, with assists from senior Jen Schoullis and freshman Rachel Ramsey. The goal marked the seventh this season for Minnesota's first line. Late in the second period, senior Emily West scored a short-handed goal with an assist from sophomore Kelly Terry. West's goal was the first short-handed score for the Gophers this season.
Noora Raty recorded her second shutout of the season and 18th of her career. With three more shutouts, she will tie the Minnesota career record for shutouts.
No. 4 Boston University 3, Niagara 1
BOSTON - Freshman forward Kayla Tutino collected her first two collegiate points, including her first goal as a Terrier, to help lead No. 4 Boston University team past Niagara, 3-1, on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.
Senior forwards Jenn Wakefield and Jenelle Kohanchuk each potted a goal, with Kohanchuk's being the game-winner. Wakefield added an assist for her second multi-point game of the year. Junior defenseman Kathryn Miller added two assists for her fifth career multi-point contest. Sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 18 saves to preserve the win.
Niagara struck first when freshman Kayla Raniwsky sneaked the puck past Sperry after a scramble in front of the net. Sophomore Natasha Fryer and freshman Kalli Funk added the assists on Raniwsky's first collegiate goal.
Sperry made five saves in the first frame, but none was bigger than a stop on Fryer with almost 11 minutes gone in the period. Fryer received a pass between the circles, but Sperry stuck her right pad out to deny Fryer.
BU did well to keep the Niagara power play off the board, as the Terrier penalty killers denied the Purple Eagles on each of their three player-advantage opportunities in the second stanza. Wakefield, Tutino and Taylor Holze combined to nearly tie the game for BU while shorthanded, but were unable to light the lamp. Overall, the Terriers held Niagara scoreless on its six power play chances.
The Terriers, however, capitalized on their only full power play of the second period when Wakefield evened the score at the 14:12 mark. She and Miller did well to keep the puck in the offensive end, with the puck finally landing on the senior captain's stick. Wakefield walked to the top of the left circle and sent a wrist shot high to Sarah Moses' (32 saves) blocker side and into the back of the net. It was Wakefield's third goal of the season, with Miller and Tutino each picking up an assist. For Tutino, it was her first collegiate point.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.