Minnesota Holds On For 5-4 Win Over Minnesota Whitecaps
Sophomore forward Kelly Pannek and senior forward Hannah Brandt each post two goals and assist for Gophers

Sophomore forward Kelly Pannek posted two goals and an assist for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 10:32  MNW1-0 EV Allie Thunstrom -
1st 15:01  MIN1-1 EV Kelly PannekMilica McMillen, Kate Schipper
1st 19:11  MIN2-1 EV Hannah BrandtSarah Potomak
2nd 5:24  MIN3-1 EV Hannah BrandtSarah Potomak, Kate Schipper
2nd 9:53  MIN4-1 PP Kelly PannekLee Stecklein, Hannah Brandt
2nd 12:04  MNW2-4 EV Allie ThunstromWinny Brown, Rachael Bona
3rd 5:13  MNW3-4 PP Jocelyn LamoureuxMonique Lamoureux, Sarah Erickson
3rd 11:32  MIN5-3 EV GW Kate SchipperKelly Pannek
3rd 19:55  MNW4-5 EV EA Brooke WhiteMeghan Lorence
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Whitecaps  1124
Minnesota  2215
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Whitecaps  75517
Minnesota  1112629
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Whitecaps  1/2 2/4 0
Minnesota  1/2 2/4 0
Minnesota Whitecaps Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Noora Räty (L)58:365 910524
Empty Net1:240     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille29:321 64010
Sidney Peters (W)29:483 0033
Empty Net0:400     

MINNEAPOLIS - Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) each scored twice, and Kate Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) netted the game-winning goal as the University of Minnesota women's hockey team defeated the Minnesota Whitecaps, 5-4, in an exhibition game at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Brandt (2g-1a), Pannek (2g-1a) and Schipper (1g-2a) led all players with three points each. Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) also had a multi-point game in her first outing as a Gopher with a pair of assists. The Whitecaps were led by Boston College alum Allie Thunstrom's two goals.

The exhibition game pitted many Minnesota alumni against the current Maroon & Gold squad as the Whitecaps' roster included 11 former Gophers: Rachael Bona (1a), Bethany Brausen, Sarah Erickson (1a), Meghan Lorence (1a), Katie Frischmann, Winny Brown (1a), Mira Jalosuo, Anne Schleper, Chelsey Rosenthal, Kelly Seeler, and Noora Raty.

Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) and Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) split time in net for Minnesota, while Raty made 24 saves on 29 shots for the Whitecaps. Leveille made 10 saves on 11 shots on goal over the first 29:32 of the game before Peters made three saves on six shots in 29:48 in net.

Thunstrom gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but Pannek and Brandt responded in the final five minutes of the opening frame to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. Pannek tipped a shot from Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) past Raty to tie it before Brandt deflected a puck into the goal off a feed from Potomak.

The duo struck again in the first half of the second period to put Minnesota ahead 4-1. Brandt scored at 5:24 of the middle frame when she poked a rebound on the doorstep past Raty. Schipper found Potomak, who rung a shot off the post, and Brandt finished the rebound. Pannek then scored on the power play just 4:19 later.

However, the Whitecaps cut the Gophers' lead to two when Thunstrom scored her second of the game at 12:04 of the second period. Former Gophers Brown and Bona assisted on the play, and the teams headed into the second intermission with Minnesota leading 4-2.

The Whitecaps scored twice in the third period. Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson netted a power-play goal at 5:13 when Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) was in the penalty box, but Schipper then scored the eventual game-winner with 9:28 remaining off a feed from Pannek. With an empty net for an extra attacker, the Whitecaps solved Peters with five seconds remaining as Lorence set up Brooke White to make it a one-goal game at 5-4.

Minnesota had the chance to practice its special teams units in a game setting, and there Gophers were 1-for-2 on the power play while going 1-for-2 on the penalty kill as well. Minnesota outshot the Whitecaps, 29-17.

The Gophers officially open the 2015-16 season on the road at Penn State next week. The series marks a rematch of last year's season-opener, which the Gophers won by a score of 8-0.