Gophers women’s hockey begins new year with 4-0 victory

by Nate Gotlieb

Sophomore goalie Noora Raty saved all 15 shots she faced, recording her seventh shutout of the season, and eight different Gophers recorded a point as Minnesota (14-6-0, 9-6-0 WCHA) handily defeated Minnesota State (6-12-3, 5-9-1 WCHA) 4-0 Friday night.

Freshman Sarah Davis put the Gophers ahead for good when she scored her sixth goal of the season 12:02 through the first period.  Junior Sarah Erickson and freshman Amanda Kessel each scored second-period, power-play goals. Senior Laura May added an unassisted goal early in the third, giving the Gophers a four-goal lead.

May’s goal was her first of the season, after scoring 12 her junior season.

MSU struggled on offense all evening, producing just 15 shots on net.  The Mavericks have scored seven goals in their past nine games, eight of which have been losses.

The Gophers have won eight of their past nine games, a run that began with a sweep over MSU Nov. 19-20.  They look to sweep the season series with MSU at 4:07 p.m. tomorrow at Ridder Arena.