Friday night was a successful one for Minnesota's two hockey programs as the Gopher Women got over there usual early Friday slow start to come from behind to beat UMD 5-2, and the Gopher Men scored early and often in route to a 4-0 win over Northeastern.
The Gopher Women have been starting slowly on Friday night all season thus far, and last night was no different. UMD scored first on the power play and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. UMD would make it 2-0 on thier second power play goal on the night. and the Gophers appeared to be headed for their first defeat of the season. However, Minnesota would score the next five goals unanswered in a scoring fit that we have seen plenty from this years squad. Kelly Pannek would score the first two goals, one five-on-five, and the second on the power play to make it 2-2 going into the third period.
In the third, it was all Gophers. Dani Cameranesi tipped in a Milica McMillen shot just 51 seconds into the third on the power-play to put the Gophers up for good. Sarah Potomak added her fourth goal in seven games, and Cara Piazza added an empty netter to finish off the scoring.
The Gophers will go for the sweep against UMD at 4:00 this afternoon at Ridder.
UMD Bulldogs @ #1 Minnesota Gophers
When: 4:00 PM
Where: Ridder Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stream: BTN + $$
Audio Stream: FREE
Live Stats: HERE
The Gopher Men finally got back onto their winning ways by defeating Northeastern 4-0 Friday night. The Gophers got off to a fast start in the first period scoring three goals on their first four shots. It was a night of firsts for several Gopher players. Freshman Tommy Novak scored his first goal as a Gopher when he tapped in a Justin Kloos power-play blast that hit the post to put the Gophers ahead 1-0. Just a few minutes later sophomore defenseman Jack Glover scored his first goal as a Gopher when he intercepted a poor Huskie clearing pass and slid a wrist shot past Northeastern goalie Derek Roy. Tyler Sheehy woudl continue the trend as he scored his first goal as a Gopher on a nice wrist shot past Roy which send him to an early shower. Someone here on his preview last night may have said Roy was a bit of a sieve in a few more words....but that someone wouldn't want to hurt himself patting himself on the back.
The second period was more in favor of Northeastern, but Gopher freshman goalie Eric Schierhorn was up to the challenge. He made several fantastic saves to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard, including three breakaways over the course of the game. The Gophers would add one more goal in third period when Novak made a pretty pass from behind the Husky net to Hudson Fasching who put the puck past the Northeastern backup goalie to make it 4-0.
Schierhorn picked up his first career win, and his first collegiate shutout. Its now fairly apparent he has won the #1 goalie job for the Gophers, and will pretty much play the rest of the season with potential games off here and there.
The Gophers will try and let the home fans here the Battle Hymn tonight when they go for the sweep at 8:00.