Minnesota rebounds on road
Erickson scores twice as No. 1 Gophers shutout No. 8 Bulldogs
DULUTH, Minn. -- No. 1 Minnesota earned a series split with Minnesota-Duluth with a 3-0 victory against the Bulldogs on Saturday. Sarah Erickson scored two goals for the Gophers, and goalie Noora Raty got her fifth shutout of the season.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Minnesota 3, No. 8 UMD 0|
|No. 2 Wisconsin 6, No. 6 North Dakota 2|
|No. 3 Cornell 1, Princeton 0|
|No. 4 Boston College 3, Vermont 0|
|No. 8 Bemidji State 4, Ohio State 2|
Like Friday night, the Gophers got on the board first, scoring one minute into the game. Senior captain Erickson scored a goal with just over three minutes remaining in the period, assisted by sophomore Amanda Kessel. The goal was Erickson's 10th of the season. The Gophers outshot the Bulldogs 13-7 in the opening period, and were successful on their one penalty kill.
Minnesota extended its lead to two goals just 24 seconds into the second period, as Amanda Kessel scored with an assist from senior Jen Schoullis. The Gophers had three power play chances in the second period, but didn't score on the power play until Erickson found the net 18 minutes into the period, assisted by Kessel and Schoullis. The Gophers outshot the Bulldogs again in the second period, with a 15-6 advantage in the period.
Neither team scored in the final period. The Bulldogs outshot the Gophers 16-6 in the final period after being outshot in the first two periods. UMD got a few chances to score in the final minutes as Kelly Seeler was called for a 10-minute misconduct and a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Bulldogs a power play with one minute and 14 seconds remaining. UMD pulled its goalie to give the Bulldogs two extra skaters for the final 1:14 of play. The Gophers were able to hold off the Bulldogs and get the shutout victory.
With the shutout, Gopher goalie Noora Raty tied the school record for career shutouts. She now has 21 career shutouts, and is tied with Erica Killewald for the record.
The Gophers improve to 19-4-1 and 13-4-1 in WCHA games, while UMD moves to 12-9-1 and 9-8-1 in conference action.