Minneapolis, MN - Nine different Gophers scored goals as Minnesota cruised to a 9-1 win over Princeton in front of 1,752 fans at Ridder Arena Sunday afternoon.
Led by three Gophers with three-point efforts, eight players had multiple points in Minnesota's 17th win of the season. Junior Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) had three assists, and senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) and sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) each recorded one goal and two assists.
"It was a tremendous weekend for us, in particular tonight, with a lot of people getting on the scoreboard in a good performance by everybody in gold," head coach Brad Frost said. "Overall, I'm really happy with the weekend. To be able to go 6-0 in non-conference play is big for us, and I'm looking forward to getting out to Ohio next weekend."
Minnesota (17-1-0, 11-1-0 WCHA) used another quick start to jump to a 4-0 lead after the first period. In their last four games, the Gophers have out-scored their opponents 11-0 in the first period.
"Even though we didn't score on the first shift or two, you could tell the momentum was in our favor," Frost said. "Kids were up on their toes, and that was a huge start for us tonight."
Davis got the Gophers on the board at the 2:28 mark of the game. Junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) gained possession at neutral ice and found Davis moving into the zone. Princeton goaltender Kimberly Newell made the save on Davis' first shot, but Davis poked her own rebound past Newell from the top of the crease for her 10th goal of the season.
The line of junior Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.), freshman Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Brandt combined for Minnesota's next two goals. Lorence made it 2-0 when she buried a feed from Schipper and Brandt at 4:17. Brandt then found the back of the net at 13:06 with assists from her line-mates before sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) ripped a shot from the point for her fifth tally of the season just 10 seconds later.
The second period saw the Gophers extend their lead to 5-0 on a goal by senior Baylee Gillanders (Kyle, Sask.) before Princeton's Brianna Leahy solved goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) at the 12:23 mark. Senior Bethany Brausen (Little Canada, Minn.) added her second goal in as many games with 11 seconds remaining to make it 6-1 heading into the third.
Minnesota added three more goals in the third period with tallies from sophomore Maryanne Menefee (Lansing, Mich.), freshman Kelsey Cline (Bloomington, Minn.) and senior Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.).
Leveille made 11 saves over the first two periods before junior Shyler Sletta (Elko New Market, Minn.) made eight saves in the third period.
"It was nice to get Shyler in there, and for her to actually see some shots," Frost said. "We put her in there last weekend, but she didn't see any shots. Tonight she got a number of them and was great."
Princeton (5-6-2, 4-4-1 ECAC Hockey) received 35 saves from Newell over the first 47:34 before Ashley Holt came into the game for the final 12:26, making nine saves on 10 shots faced.
The Gophers outshot Princeton 53-20 for the game, including an 18-1 advantage in the first period. Princeton's first shot on goal came at the 18:55 mark of the opening period.
Next weekend, Minnesota travels to Ohio State for its final series of 2013. The Gophers face off against the Buckeyes at 6:07 pm CT Saturday, Dec. 7 and 11:07 a.m. CT Sunday, Dec. 8. Following the series, the Gophers return to action Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 when they host the Buckeyes at Ridder Arena.