McMillen's Three Points Lead Minnesota Past Minnesota Duluth, 7-3
Senior defenseman Milica McMillen scores two goals and assist for Gophers

Senior defenseman Milica McMillen scored two goals and an assist for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:26  MIN1-0 EV Kate Schipper (11)Megan Wolfe/19, Lee Stecklein/14
1st 16:27  MIN2-0 PP Hannah Brandt (23)Dani Cameranesi/30, Milica McMillen/15
2nd 3:34  MND1-2 EV Katherine McGovern (3) -
2nd 6:34  MIN3-1 PP Kelly Pannek (19)Sarah Potomak/35
2nd 8:23  MIN4-1 PP GW Milica McMillen (9)Hannah Brandt/28, Amanda Kessel/3
3rd 1:54  MND2-4 EV Reagan Haley (2)Lynn Astrup/2, Alexia Klaas/1
3rd 2:13  MIN5-2 EV Taylor Williamson (4)Lee Stecklein/15, Megan Wolfe/20
3rd 10:59  MND3-5 EV Ashleigh Brykaliuk (15)Katherine McGovern/8, Linnea Hedin/3
3rd 15:17  MIN6-3 EV Hannah Brandt (24)Milica McMillen/16, Sarah Potomak/36
3rd 16:55  MIN7-3 EV Dani Cameranesi (26)Kate Schipper/20, Brook Garzone/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota  2237
Minnesota Duluth  0123
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota  17331868
Minnesota Duluth  951428
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (26-3-1)  3/3 0/0 0
Minnesota Duluth (12-18-1)  0/0 3/6 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 20-3-1)40:001 94013
Sidney Peters20:002 001212
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Maddie Rooney (L, 5-11-0)60:007 15311561

DULUTH, Minn. - A program-record 61 saves from Maddie Rooney wasn't enough to slow the University of Minnesota down Friday night, as the third-ranked Gophers used three power-play goals to skate past the University of Minnesota Duluth 7-3 at AMSOIL Arena. Minnesota peppered the rookie goaltender from the get-go and racked up 68 shots on goal en route to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association win before a crowd of 1,301.

Minnesota took control in the opening frame, jumping ahead 1-0 on a deflected shot attempt from the point at the 2:26 mark. UMD would find a bit of a groove on the forecheck after spotting the Gophers the early lead -- and nearly broke even on a nifty one-time attempt from freshman winger Morgan Morse -- but Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille stood her ground to keep the Bulldogs off the scoresheet. Minnesota then doubled its advantage near the end of the period, going up 2-0 on a power-play goal that held up following a lengthy review.

UMD cut the Gopher lead in half 3:34 into the second period when junior center Katherine McGovern capitalized on a Minnesota turnover and quickly pulled the trigger to beat the outstretched blocker hand of Leveille and get the Bulldogs within striking distance at 2-1. Minnesota's vaunted special teams unit responded to snatch the momentum right back, however, bombarding Rooney with seven shots while on the player advantage before finally burying a rebound try from just outside the crease. The Gophers converted on the power-play once again less than two minutes later to give them a 4-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.

The third period started out well for UMD, as freshman winger Reagan Haley lit the lamp 1:54 into the final stanza, but Minnesota retaliated with an even-strength goal of their own just 19 seconds later. Junior captain Ashleigh Brykaliuk found the back of the net for her 15th goal of the year (and team-leading 40th point this winter) before the Gophers tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the last five minutes of regulation.

Minnesota (26-3-1 overall and 21-3-1 in the WCHA) connected on all three of its power-play opportunities, and got 13 saves from Leveille, who gave way to backup Sidney Peters for the final 20 minutes. UMD (12-18-1; 9-15-1) did not have any opportunities with the extra skater, and put 28 shots on net. McGovern finished with a goal and an assist as the only Bulldog to record a two-point night.

The two teams wrap up the WCHA series tomorrow afternoon, with the opening faceoff set for 4:07. That game will be the last collegiate home appearance for UMD's trio of seniors (Kayla Black, Michela Cava and Karissa Grapp).