Noora Raty set a single-season shutout school record and three different Gophers scored as the No. 4 University of Minnesota women's hockey team earned a 3-0 win, tonight at Ridder Arena. Raty collected her ninth shutout of the season, while Sarah Erickson, Anne Schleper and Kelly Terry scored en route to the Gophers' 22nd win of the season. Minnesota now stands at 22-7-2 this season and 17-7-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Erickson got the Gophers on the board when she scored on a breakaway at 6:22 in the first. Amanda Kessel had the puck along the boards and passed it to Erickson, who was streaking down the center of the ice. Erickson used her speed to create distance and go in for the breakaway and her 16th goal of the season.
The two teams went scoreless until the 11:54 mark of the third period. Anne Schleper used a screen in front to score a power-play goal at 11:54 in the third period. Schleper scored her seventh goal of the year, while Kessel added her second assist of the game. Bozek tallied the second assist. The Beavers attempted the comeback when they pulled starting goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova. However, the Gophers used it to their advantage as Kelly Terry scored the empty-net goal at 19:09 in the third period. Kelly Seeler held the single assist.
Raty had 34 saves as she earned her ninth shutout of the season. Raty had 14 saves in the first, 14 in the second and six in the third for a three-period total of 34. On the season, Raty has shut out the likes of Clarkson (Oct. 1), Wayne State (Oct. 9), St. Cloud State (Oct. 22, Oct. 23), Minnesota State (Nov. 19, Jan. 7), Ohio State (Dec. 10), Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 15) and Bemidji State (Feb. 12). Her and Jenny Lura also combined for two additional shutouts against Harvard (Nov. 26) and SCSU (Feb. 4).
Note-Prior to the game, the Gophers honored their three seniors, Jenny Lura, Laura May and Terra Rasmussen. The three have been a part of two WCHA regular season championship teams and have made two Frozen Four appearances during their tenure.
Minnesota will play No. 8 North Dakota next weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. The two teams will face off against each other at 7 p.m., both nights, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.