Eight different skaters notched a goal as the University of Minnesota women's hockey team beat Bemidji State 8-0 to advance to the WCHA Final Face-off. The Golden Gophers (36-0-0) scored five second-period goals to complete the series sweep over the Beavers (6-26-2). Minnesota will host the Final Face-off next weekend.
The first game of the series was scoreless after the first period on Friday, but the Gophers took an early lead this afternoon. Milica McMillen opened the scoring at 3:49. After being set up by Hannah Brandt and Baylee Gillanders, she skated into the zone, faked a shot, then put the puck up high in the open right side of the net.
Meghan Lorence scored a wraparound goal assisted by Becky Kortum at 9:48. The Gophers held a 14-2 advantage in shots on goal after the first period.
Minnesota quickly added to the lead in the second. Off a pass from Rachel Bona, Megan Bozek fired a blast from just inside the blue line. The puck redirected off of Brandt, who had three points on the night, and into the net at 1:17. Seconds after review confirmed the goal, Gillanders made it 4-0 with her first goal of the season. Bozek and Katie Frischmann assisted Gillanders.
Bozek scored a goal of her own after assisting the previous two. With three points today and 52 points this year, she set Minnesota's single-season record for points by a defenseman. She broke Winny Brodt's record of 50 points set during the 1999-2000 season.
The lead grew to 7-0 before the period ended, including a shorthanded goal from Brook Garzone. Minnesota has scored 13 shorthanded goals this season while only allowing 11 power play goals.
The Beavers outshot the Gophers 11-10 in the third period, but the Gophers added a goal by Frischmann to cap off the 8-0 win. Noora Raty earned her 15th shutout of the year, which gives her sole possess of the NCAA single season record.
The Gophers will host the WCHA Final Face-off at Ridder Arena next weekend, March 8-9. Tickets are available at MyGopherSports.com.