The start of the title defense for the Gopher went quite well, as they domainted Colgate to the tune of 7-0 on Friday night. Freshman Hannah Brandt was the star as she recorded a hat trick in her first college game. The Gophers go for the weekend sweep this afternoon at 3pm.
The Gophers started off slow, but put plenty of shots on starting Colgate goaltender Susan Allen. The Gophers got their lone forst period goal on the power play. It look like Maryanne Menefee had gotten that goal, but there was a lot of traffic in front of Allen. Hannah Brandt was given credit for the goal and prehaps the people in attendance had all seen history. Brandt is highly touted and has been compared to Gopher greats. The Gophers would outshoot Colgate 17-5 in that period.
The second was more of the Hannah Brandt show. She struck five minutes in on the power play to put the Gophers up 2-0. She picked up a rebound and put it top shelf on the backhand. More than eight minutes later Brandt was at it again. Another close range goal made it a pure hat trick, and gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead. Amanda Kessel was the last Gopher to net a pure hat trick. The Gophers had a 29-14 shot advantage to end the period.
The third period brought an explosion of goals. The shots just started going in. Mira Jalosuo got the party going right away, just 1:25 into the period. Becky Kortum then got her first goal less than four minutes later. That made it 5-0. Amanda Kessel was able to jump in and get one of her own as well. Kessel had limited playing time because of a recent hip surgery. Becky Kortum finished off the game with her second goal of the night. Noora Raty pitched another shutout for Minnesota. She made 20 saves and looked very sharp despite not seeing action for long periods of time.
The Gophers freshman made a successful debut as well. Menefee had an assist and Milica McMillen had two assists. Brook Garzone assisted on the first Kortum goal to get her first point as a Gopher. Lee Stecklein was active, pairing with Rachel Ramsey, and helping keep Colgate off the scoreboard. I thought Brandt and McMillen looked very comfortable. They skated with confidence. Menefee had plenty of positive plays as well, including a breakaway that was stopped by Allen. The future is bright.
Sarah Davis and Kelly Terry were not playing as they were in Canada for a national game. I thought Becky Kortum was skating very confidently. She changed her number to four and hopefully it helps her score as much as Sarah Erickson did.
Coach Frost was able ot get ice time for all of his players. Katie Frishmann was able to see a lot of ice time and Kessel saw some ice time on special teams and even some on five on five.
Check out the boxscore here.
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