Another pair of blowouts for U women

For the second weekend in a row the Minnesota women’s hockey team beat Minnesota State-Mankato 10-1, completing yet another weekend sweep.
The No. 2 Gophers (23-2-2) also knocked off Augsburg 10-0 on Saturday. The Gophers have now won five consecutive games.
“I thought we played very well,” Gophers coach Laura Halldorson said. “We had a lot of balanced scoring, and the line of Ambria Thomas and Kris Scholz played very well today (Sunday).”
Against Minnesota-State, the Gophers got two goals and an assist from Scholz, and a goal and four assists from Thomas. Sophomore Erica Killewald made 13 saves in the win.
The Gophers outshot Minnesota-State 45-14.
The Kennedy sisters — Courtney and Shannon — and Winny Brodt starred against Augsburg. Each scored two goals and Brodt and Shannon Kennedy each added an assist.
Jenny Schmidgall added a goal against Minnesota-State and three assists against Augsburg, giving her 62 points for the season, second in the nation.
Minnesota set a school record for shots on goal with 72, outshooting Augsburg 72-4, including 34-0 in the first period.
But Halldorson wasn’t that impressed.
“A lot of those weren’t quality shots,” Halldorson said. “In the second and third periods we took better, more selective shots.”
Freshman Crystal Nicholas stopped all four of those shots for her sixth shutout of the season. Meg Schmidt stopped 62 shots in the losing effort.
The Gophers will finally face a challenge this weekend when they host No. 6-ranked Providence.
“They’re a very strong team with a very good goaltender in Sara DeCosta,” Halldorson said. “It will be important for rankings and ending the season.”
Men’s tennis
The 23rd-ranked Gophers defeated Boise State 4-3, and then lost 4-3 to Clemson at the Clemson (S.C) Winter Classic.
Minnesota also lost to No. 10 Southern Methodist 5-2 on Saturday.
Sophomore Tyson Parry won two matches, defeating Boise State’s Ryan Thompson 7-5, 6-2. He also beat Clemson’s Josh Goffi 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. But the Gophers lost both doubles points on the day, and could only win three singles matches against Clemson.
The doubles team of sophomore Jon Svensson and senior Adam Selkirk also won both of their matches.
Junior Martin Michalowski and Svensson were the lone winners for Minnesota in singles. Michalowski defeated Symen DeLange 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5, and Svensson beat Gerardo Mulas 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.
Tom Chicoine and Michalowski were the lone doubles winners, beating Mulas and Keith Pollack 8-5 at No. 1.
Minnesota will take on Notre Dame this weekend in South Bend, Ind.

Women’s tennis
The Gophers split their weekend series, defeating Syracuse 6-1 before losing 6-3 to No. 41 Maryland.
Against the Orangemen, Minnesota swept the doubles point, getting wins from Kim Simonsen and Jana Hrdinova, Alice Rangsithienchai and Tarah Elkins and Nora Sauska and Jen Howard. In singles, only Simonsen lost her match at No. 1.
Minnesota was swept in doubles against Maryland on Saturday. Simonsen, Rangsithienchai and Howard won matches for the Gophers.
Minnesota will host Illinois on Saturday at the 98th Street Racquet Club.