Gophers explode for 16 goals in weekend sweep

The University of Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team looked like versions of their old selves, scoring 16 goals this weekend. The Gophers (23-3-2 overall, 18-2-2-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association ) picked up their 11th sweep of the season, this time taking down Minnesota State (7-16-3, 4-15-3-2 ), winning 9-1 Friday night and 7-4 Saturday night. MinnesotaâÄôs special teams looked sharp, despite giving up a shorthanded goal to the Mavericks on Friday. The Gophers penalty kill kept the Mavericks 0-for-14 on the power play. First-year Monique Lamoureux said the GophersâÄô power play is something they have been working on. âÄúSome weekends we either click or we donâÄôt,âÄù she said. âÄúThis weekend was one of our best on the power play.âÄù On Friday night, Minnesota didnâÄôt waste a moment as senior captain Gigi Marvin and Lamoureux both scored within the first minute. With the score 3-0 less than three minutes into the game, Minnesota State pulled their starting goaltender, first-year Alli Altmann, in favor of back-up sophomore Paige Thunder . This didnâÄôt stop the Gophers, as first-year Anne Schleper took a slap shot from the point for Jocelyne Lamoureux to put in the back of the net at 13:26. Two minutes later, sophomore Emily West went upper right on a power play to end the first period 5-0. The Gophers added three more goals in the second and two in the third to end the game 9-1. Head coach Brad Frost said SaturdayâÄôs game was more of a battle. âÄúWe didnâÄôt come out with same jump as Friday night and had a couple breakdowns,âÄù he said. It took the Gophers three minutes to put a goal on the board when Monique Lamoureux scored a shorthanded goal, but Minnesota State scored two minutes later. The Gophers responded with a power play goal from Monique Lamoureux to end the first period at 2-1. Thirty-eight seconds into the second period , the Mavericks tied the game for the second time. Monique Lamoureux said the Mavericks came out fast on Saturday. âÄúYesterday, they probably werenâÄôt happy with how they played and came out fighting,âÄù she said. Minnesota proceeded to score four goals in the second period to make it 6-3, with two goals from Jocelyne Lamoureux and one from Rachael Drazan and Monique Lamoureux, who completed her second hat trick of the season. The Gophers played until the final buzzer when Monique Lamoureux scored with one second left on the clock on an empty net. Frost said the GophersâÄô biggest challenge at this point is playing a consistent 60 minutes and limiting the opponentsâÄô scoring chances. First-year Alyssa Grogan started FridayâÄôs game and was replaced with senior Kim Hanlon in the third. The same thing happened on Saturday, with Hanlon taking over for sophomore Jenny Lura . Hanlon let in two goals on 12 shots. âÄúOn Friday, [Alyssa] Grogan looked sharp, but we wanted to get Kim [Hanlon] some shots,âÄù Frost said. âÄú[Saturday] we wanted to get her some time in a closer game.âÄù