Noora Räty breaks career shutout mark in sweep of St. Cloud State

The Gophers outscored the Huskies 15-1 over the weekend.

Minnesota goalie Noora Raty blocks a shot during a game against Bemidji State on Jan. 21 at Ridder Arena.

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Minnesota goalie Noora Raty blocks a shot during a game against Bemidji State on Jan. 21 at Ridder Arena.

Samuel Gordon

Each of Noora RätyâÄôs shutouts has been special in its own way, but her 22nd put her in the record books.

RätyâÄôs shutout in SaturdayâÄôs win against St. Cloud State moved her past Erica Killewald for most shutouts in Gophers history, and she still has her senior year to add to that total.

âÄúWhen you look back at school history and all the goalies they have had here, itâÄôs special,âÄù Räty said.

Her effort Saturday helped No. 2 Minnesota (24-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) earn a 7-0 victory and finish a sweep of St. Cloud State after it defeated the Huskies 8-1 on Friday.

âÄúSheâÄôs the backbone of our team,âÄù Gophers head coach Brad Frost said of his All-American goaltender. âÄúSheâÄôs definitely proved that sheâÄôs the best goalie in the history of the program.âÄù

The weekend, however, did not start exactly the way Räty and the Gophers would have liked. SCSU (5-23-2, 4-20-0 WCHA) scored just 52 seconds into FridayâÄôs game.

But Minnesota responded with eight unanswered goals that evening.

Amanda Kessel, who hadnâÄôt scored a goal since Jan. 14 against Minnesota-Duluth, led the way with two goals and four assists.

âÄúWhen I scored my first goal on Friday, I usually donâÄôt celebrate too much on goals, but I actually screamed âÄòYeah!âÄôâÄù Kessel said. âÄúI was pretty pumped. It was a great weekend for everyone.âÄù

Jen Schoullis had two goals, and defensemen Anne Schleper and Megan Bozek had four points apiece.

Saturday was much of the same. Emily West had a pair of goals, and six different Gophers scored on the afternoon.  But the day belonged to Räty.

âÄúIt was great to see her break that record,âÄù Kessel said. âÄúI said something with only a few minutes left, and our coach Nadine [Muzerall] kind of made me shut up because she didnâÄôt want me to curse it.âÄù

Minnesota has just two more regular season series before the WCHA tournament. Räty said she was happier that the team as a whole played better than it had in recent weeks against Bemidji State and Minnesota State.

âÄúThis weekend we really stepped up,âÄù she said. âÄúThe whole team played well. It looks good for next weekend [against Ohio State] and then for North Dakota.âÄù