Pannek Posts Three Points to Send Minnesota Past Minnesota Duluth, 5-2
Sophomore forward Kelly Pannek scores two goals and assist for Gophers

Sophomore forward Kelly Pannek scored two goals and an assist for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:55  MND1-0 PP Ashleigh Brykaliuk (3)Sidney Morin/3, Jessica Healey/2
2nd 6:32  MND2-0 PP Lara Stalder (6)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/7
2nd 13:50  MIN1-2 EV Kelly Pannek (7)Megan Wolfe/9, Kate Schipper/9
2nd 17:07  MIN2-2 PP Kelly Pannek (8)Milica McMillen/4, Lee Stecklein/6
3rd 0:51  MIN3-2 PP GW Dani Cameranesi (7)Milica McMillen/5, Hannah Brandt/7
3rd 5:00  MIN4-2 EV Sarah Potomak (4)Kelly Pannek/6, Milica McMillen/6
3rd 18:53  MIN5-2 EV EN Cara Piazza (5) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Duluth  1102
Minnesota  0235
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Duluth  721019
Minnesota  1822848
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Duluth (4-5-0)  2/2 5/10 0
Minnesota (7-0-0)  2/3 4/8 0
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Maddie Rooney (L, 2-3-0)59:544 1820543
Empty Net0:061     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 5-0-0)59:592 611017
Empty Net0:010     

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team (7-0-0, 5-0-0 WCHA) scored five unanswered goals after trailing 2-0 to secure a 5-2 win over Minnesota Duluth (4-5-0, 2-3-0 WCHA) at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Kelly Pannek (2g-1a) and Milica McMillen (3a) led Minnesota in the victory, each recording three points. McMillen's second assist of the game marked her 100th career point as a Gopher. Amanda Leveille made 17 saves as the Gophers outshot the Bulldogs, 48-19.

Sarah Potomak, Dani Cameranesi, Lee Stecklein, Cara Piazza, Kate Schipper and Megan Wolfe also made their way onto the score sheet for Minnesota.

UMD was led by Ashleigh Brykaliuk (1g-1a) and Lara Stalder (1g), along with receiving 43 saves from freshman goaltender Maddie Rooney.

"Tonight was a real hard fought game," head coach Brad Frost said. "I really liked the resiliency of our team after getting down 2-0 there. To score five unanswered obviously is fantastic, along with getting those three points. Duluth is very well coached, they put a lot of pressure on the puck, and they do a lot of really, really good stuff."

The Gophers were down by one after the first period after the Bulldogs struck on the power play 6:55 into the game. Brykaliuk scored her third goal of the season off a feed from Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

In the second period, UMD scored its second power-play goal of the game, taking a 2-0 lead off Stalder's team-leading sixth goal of the season from Brykaliuk.

After a 2-0 deficit, the Gophers score five unanswered goals, with the first two coming off the stick of Pannek in the second period to send the teams into the second intermission tied 2-2. Pannek scored an even-strength goal at 13:50 of the middle frame before solving Rooney on the power play at 17:07 of the second.

The Gophers erupted for three goals in third period, including a power-play goal tipped past Rooney by Cameranesi to give Minnesota its first lead of the game at 3-2 just 51 seconds into the third period.

"Our power play was clicking tonight," Frost said. "We need our PK to be a little better, but I was happy with our discipline after we gave up those first two goals to not get down a man again."

Minnesota was two-for-three on the power play, but the Bulldogs were two-for-two as both of the visitors' tallies came with the man advantage.

Five minutes into the third period, Potomak gave the Gophers a 4-2 lead on a snipe out front, netting her fourth goal of her career before Piazza finished off the Gophers' scoring when she buried an empty-net goal with 1:07 remaining in the game.

The Gophers and Bulldogs will continue the series at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.