Live Blog: Women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud State

by John Hageman

Gophers win 7-0 11:35-May scores her second goal of the game as she flips the puck past Hixon’s right shoulder from in between the circles. Kortum had the assist. Gophers lead 7-0 2:24-Erickson gets called for holding. SCSU will try to convert on their first power play in their last 34 attempts. Minnesota continues to dominate SCSU scoring twice on 11 shots on goal in the second period. Minnesota took advantage of the Huskies’ 17 minutes of penalties in the period with two power-play goals. Minnesota is now 4-7 on the power play. 10 Gophers have scored a point tonight, as the team continues to spread the puck around. Grogan also had an assist, which is the second time this year a Gopher goalie has had an assist. Minnesota will go into the final period with a comfortable lead 6-0. 19:14-West gets called for cross-checking. 17:52-Jones scores a three on one goal for her second of the game for Minnesota’s fourth power play score. May and Grogan had the assists. Minnesota leads 6-0 15:17-The Gophers give the 4-3 advantage to SCSU as Kelli Blankenship heads to the box. Minnesota will still have a power play for about a minute when she returns. 16:39-Rasmussen heads to the box for hooking. 13:24-Minnesota is quick to take advantage as Kelly Seeler scores her first goal of the year and the Gopher’s third power-play goal of the game. 13:16-SCSU’s Danielle Hirsch gets a five minute major for checking from behind. She will be ejected for game misconduct. 9:09-SCSU fails to score on their power play. Grogan made a couple great saves to save the shutout. 7:09-Emily West heads to the box for slashing. SCSU will have about a minute on the power play. 5:53-Gophers will be on the power play after Kylie Lane goes to the box for tripping. The Huskies will replace VanDenakker with yesterday’s starter in the net, Ashley Nixon. The Gophers opened the floodgates in the first period, scoring four goals on 17 shots on goal. Minnesota scored on two of their three power point opportunities. Brad Frost talked earlier this week about how selfless his team plays, which seems to be the case tonight as seven different Gophers scored a point in the first period. Minnesota has been able to keep the pressure on SCSU, as the Huskies were only able to get seven shots on goal. 18:28-Minnesota pours it on as Laura May scores unassisted on the power play. Gophers lead 4-0. 15:20-The Gophers add one more on as Terra Rasmussen slaps the puck past VanDenakker on the power play from the middle of the left circle. Anne Schleper had the assist. Gophers lead 3-0 13:26-Minnesota will have a power play as Jocelyn Zabrick heads to the box for body checking. 10:02- The Gophers quickly extend the lead as Chelsey Jones gets her fifth goal of the season. Jones made a move in SCSU’s zone past a falling opponent, flipping the puck above an outstretched VanDenakker. Kortum and May had the assists. 7:32-Minnesota gets on the board first once agian as Brittany Francis makes a nice move to knock the puck over VanDenakker’s right shoulder. 7:01-SCSU quickly gives up the power play as Callie Dahl goes to the box. 6:46- SCSU will get its first power play opportunity as Kelly Seeler gets 2 minutes for tripping SCSU changes up their lineup, going with sophomore goalie Tayler VanDenakker instead of junior Ashley Nixon. Minnesota will also see changes in the net as Alyssa Grogan gets the start over Noora Raty.

The Gophers will look to remain unbeaten as they take on St. Cloud State at Ridder arena. Emily West continues to lead the WCHA in points with 12 with teammate Sarah Erickson just behind in second with nine. West and Erickson both had three points in yesterday’s victory over SCSU. Both teams went 0-7 on the power play yesterday as SCSU continues to struggle on the power play going 0-30 in their last 30 attempts. Head coach Brad Frost said yesterday he was happy with the way his team performed despite the larger size of St. Cloud’s ice, and is confident that the team will adjust well tonight in Ridder.