Women remain unbeaten with thrashing of Huskies

The Gophers beat St. Cloud State by a total of 11-0 between two games.

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John Hageman

The No. 2 Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team poured on the points against St. Cloud State this weekend, defeating the Huskies 4-0 on Friday in St. Cloud and 7-0 on Saturday in Minneapolis. The Gophers remain at the top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association at 8-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the conference. The Huskies fall to 1-5-0 overall and 0-4-0 in conference play to round out the bottom of the standings. The Gophers got off to a quick start in St. Cloud on Friday, as junior Emily West scored just 28 seconds into the game. Minnesota broke away from SCSU in the second period when sophomore Sarah Erickson scored her seventh goal of the season to put Minnesota up 2-0. Shortly thereafter, junior Laura May scored her first shorthanded goal of her career as she snuck the puck past Huskies goalie Ashley Nixon unassisted. Erickson then added what would be the final goal for a 4-0 Minnesota victory. Gophers head coach Brad Frost said he was disappointed with the amount of intensity his team played with after the first goal, but the team made adjustments to move the puck a little faster. Noora Räty had her second straight shutout Friday, tallying 32 saves. The Gophers had no problems with the Huskies on Saturday, taking the victory 7-0. Minnesota opened the floodgates early, scoring four goals on 17 shots, including seven on the power play in the first period. SCSU pulled goalie Taylor VanDenakker after one period in favor of FridayâÄôs starter Ashley Nixon. Frost talked earlier in the week about how selfless the Gophers are; this could be seen Saturday, as 10 different players scored a point. âÄúItâÄôs just great to see,âÄù Frost said. âÄúHopefully weâÄôll have even more contributors next weekend.âÄù Senior Chelsey Jones , who had two goals in SaturdayâÄôs win, said it is crucial that everyone steps up. She added that she is proud of the way the team has been playing. May scored two goals Saturday, while sophomore Kelly Seeler had her first goal of the season. The Gophers were 0-7 on the power play in FridayâÄôs game but were able to turn it around and go 4-7 Saturday. âÄúThat was a big issue for us, and we were definitely not happy with the results,âÄù May said. Alyssa Grogan had her first shutout of the year and the fourth of her career with 21 saves Saturday. The Gophers have not allowed a goal in their past three games. âÄúI think that speaks very highly of just our team defense,âÄù Frost said. âÄúWe gave up some chances, but both goalies were just tremendous for us.âÄù West and Jones are now the top two scorers in the WCHA with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Erickson is in a tie for third with nine. If there is an AchillesâÄô heel to this Gophers team, it may be that they have not kept pressure on their opponent, which is something Jones said will be important next week. âÄúThere is still room for improvement,âÄù Jones said. âÄúWe really want to get a complete game of 60 minutes of good play.âÄù The Gophers will head to Madison to take on the Badgers next weekend. Friday and SundayâÄôs games will both start at 2 p.m.