MINNEAPOLIS - Eleven Gophers recorded points as the University of Minnesota women's hockey team blanked the University of British Columbia, 7-0, in an exhibition game at Ridder Arena Friday night.
"I thought UBC came at us with a lot of pace and tempo there, particularly in the second and third after they got comfortable with our pace and play and really pushed us, forced us to push back a little bit," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was a great game overall, for us, and I think they enjoyed it, too.
"We always try to build ourselves around speed and skill, and I think this is another team that will be able to do that. Overall, it's going to be very positive moving forward."
The Golden Gophers received two goals each from freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and junior Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.), while senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.), junior Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.) and sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) each posted two assists. Senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) tallied two points on one goal and one assist.
Sophomore Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) and junior Shyler Sletta (Elko New Market, Minn.) held the Thunderbirds scoreless, splitting time in net for the Gophers. Leveille made eight saves in the first two periods before Sletta stopped one shot in the third period. The Thunderbirds' Danielle Dube made 52 saves as the Gophers outshot British Columbia, 59-9.
"I thought tonight we looked more like a hockey team and were actually playing a hockey game," Frost said. "Last night, it felt like chuck-a-puck a little bit, but I thought tonight we started to do a lot of really good things offensively and power-play and penalty kill-wise as well."
The Gophers were 2-for-4 with the man advantage after failing to score on six power plays last night against Team Japan. Minnesota killed off both its penalties, limiting UBC to just one power-play shot.
Schipper tallied the game-winner at the 8:23 mark of the first period, and the Gophers took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. Schipper added her second goal of the game in the second period before freshman Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn) and Bona netted goals in the third.
With two exhibition wins, including last night's 6-0 victory over Team Japan, Minnesota begins defense of its back-to-back national titles with its season-opener on the road at Colgate University next weekend. The puck drops at the Raiders' Starr Rink at 6 p.m. CT Friday.