Gophers rout UNH without two freshmen

Freshman forwards Maryanne Menefee and Brook Garzone did not play in Saturday’s 10-2 win.

by Betsy Helfand

Two freshman Gophers forwards sat out Saturday’s game.

Freshman forward Hannah Brandt, who is tied for the team lead in points, wasn’t one of them.

Brandt recorded a hat trick as Minnesota beat New Hampshire 10-2.

Her linemate Maryanne Menefee did not play, nor did Brook Garzone, and the Gophers dressed 11 forwards. But that wasn’t evident in the final score.

The Wildcats played three different goalies in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the Gophers.

Seven different Minnesota players scored in the rout.

Brandt found junior forward Amanda Kessel streaking to give Minnesota a lead just 2:19 into the game.

Kessel scored again in the third period after she beat a defenseman and went around the goalie. She also recorded three assists in the game.

After Brandt scored at the 4:42 mark of the first period, New Hampshire yanked its starting goaltender. Brandt scored again in the third period to cap off Minnesota’s scoring.

Freshman defenseman Lee Stecklein scored her first collegiate goal in the second period on the power play after solid puck movement down low by Brandt and Kessel.

Sophomore forward Rachael Bona scored immediately after with a wrist shot.

Another sophomore forward, Meghan Lorence, took Menefee’s spot on the top line. Lorence added a goal after Kessel fed her from along the right boards to center ice.

Junior forwards Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry also added goals for the Gophers. Terry backhanded in a shorthanded goal.

Four of Minnesota’s goals came in the second period, when the team had nine shots on goal.

Gophers’ goalie Noora Räty faced seven shots on goal the entire game.

Minnesota extended its winning streak to 23 games with the victory. Last weekend, it broke the NCAA Division I winning streak record when it beat Minnesota State-Mankato 3-0 and 9-1.

The Gophers and Wildcats will play again Sunday.