The Minnesota Golden Gopher women’s hockey team got three first period goals and then Emily West took over at the end to finish off Minnesota State on Friday night. West had been making a habit of third period goals and that trend continued with two more third period goals in this one to cap a hat trick in the game.
The Mavericks actually started out quick, getting five shots off early against Gopher goalie Noora Raty, but it was the Gophers who would strike first. Sarah Erickson found the top corner of the net and over the glove of starting MSU goalie Danielle Butters at 8:28, to give Minnesota it’s first lead. It was Sarah’s 12th on the season. Late in the period, Kelly Terry tipped in a Rachel Ramsey shot on the power play to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead. Then it was Bethany Brausen that was able to chime in before the end of the period. That made it 3-0 at the end of the first period. Brausen tallied her third goal of the season.
The Mavericks came roaring back in the second. Goals by Kari Lundberg and Tracy McCann within the first four minutes of play quickly cut the lead down to 3-2. Emily West took over from there. She answered within two minutes to give the Gophers another two goal lead at 4-2. The Mavericks would get back to within one when McCann tapped in another close range goal.
The third period is one in which the Gophers would take over. West got her second of the game and 14th of the year within the first two minutes of the third when she put in a rebound past Butters. A 5-3 lead would prove to be enough, but just in case, West got another. The hat trick sealed the fate for the Mavericks and gave West her first career hat trick.
Penalties were very quiet, with only three in the entire game. Raty was solid once again, making 20 saves in the win. Butters had 28 in the loss. For the Gophers, the win brings them up to 21-4-2, while the Mavericks drop to 7-20-0. Rematch is scheduled for 3pm today.
In other WCHA action:
-Wisconsin survived a scare from Bemidji State. The Badgers won 3-2 in overtime.
-UMD shuts out St. Cloud State, 5-0. The third straight shutout loss for the Huskies.
-Ohio State upset #5 North Dakota, 6-2. Natalie Spooner had two goals in the victory.
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