Shut-outs galore for Golden Gopher hockey teams
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Golden Gophers completed a weekend sweep of Sacred Heart in front of nearly 8,000 fans at Mariucci Arena on Saturday.
Goals by Ben Marshall and Taylor Matson early in the second period broke open a close contest and spurred the Golden Gophers to a 6-0 win over the Pioneers after they defeated them 9-0 on Friday. The 15-goal margin is Minnesota's largest since blanking Colgate 8-0 and 9-0 on consecutive nights on Oct. 26-27, 2002. It's also the first time since 1999 that a U goaltender recorded consecutive shutouts against the same opponent.
Kent Patterson finished with 20 saves while Sacred Hear goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuck faced considerable more rubber in turning away 39 Minnesota shots.
The Gophers pulled away in the second period, beginning with Marshall's goal at 3:38 on a pass from Hansen. Just :27 seconds later, sophomore Nate Condon's pass to Matson led to his goal and a 4-0 lead. Power-play goals by Zach Budish and Haula rounded out the scoring for Minnesota.
Minnesota will travel to Duluth to take on the defending national champions next weekend.
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team also completed a weekend sweep of an opponent in its season opener and also shut them out both times. The Golden Gophers won 6-0 and 8-0 over St. Cloud State in WCHA play at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
On Friday the U's Amanda Kessel scored twice while Jen Schoullis had a goal and two assists and Megan Bozek had two assists.
Saturday's game saw the Gophers score six of their eight goals in the second period alone. Kessel had a hat trick and Schoullis and Sarah Erickson each had two assists while Kelly Terry scored twice as well.
Gopher goalie Noora Raity had a quiet weekend minding the net with just 21 save in the two games combined.
Minnesota is at Wisconsin next weekend.