Gophers women’s hockey team defeats St. Cloud State 5-0

Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers marked the return of Olympic goalie Noora Raty with a 5-0 victory on the Olympic-sized ice sheet at the National Hockey Center in Saint Cloud.

Raty, who was held out of last weekend’s series against North Dakota due to injury, saved 14 shots, recording her third-consecutive shutout of the season.

After a disappointing sweep at the hands of UND last weekend, the Gophers scored four goals in the first two periods and outshot the Huskies 36-14 in their first WCHA victory of the season.

Freshman Sarah Davis scored the first goal of her career early in the first period as she grabbed the rebound off an Anne Schleper slap shot and smashed the puck into the back of the net.  

Schleper added a goal of her own with 9:24 left in the first as she fired a wrist shot from the right point past St. Cloud State goalie Tayler VanDenakker.  

Becky Kortum scored two second-period goals, both putbacks off of shots by Schleper, and nearly recoreded a hat trick midway through the third period

Coach Brad Frost started the line of Kelly Terry, Davis and Kortum tonight in an effort to generate the offensive production that was missing last weekend against UND.  The line responded with seven points- three from Terry, two from Davis, and two from Kortum.

Goalie Alyssa Grogan and senior Terra Rasmussen did not make the trip because of injuries.  Grogan allowed seven goals last weekend to UND and has been splitting time with Raty in front of the net.

The Gophers wrap up the series tomorrow night in St. Cloud before traveling to reigning national champion Minnesota-Duluth Oct. 29.