Women’s hockey: Gophers 7, SCSU 1

MINNEAPOLIS – Forward Amanda Kessel had two goals and two assists and freshman forward Hannah Brandt had one goal and three assists to lead top-ranked Minnesota to a 7-1 WCHA women’s hockey win over St. Cloud State on Friday at Ridder Arena.

It was the season-opener for the Huskies. The Gophers (1-0 WCHA, 3-0 overall) are the defending national champions and were 4-for-7 on the power play.

Vanessa Spataro, a freshman forward from Stouffville, Ontario, scored her first collegiate goal at 13:49 of the second period to cut the Gophers’ lead to 4-1.

Sophomore goalie Julie Friend had 37 saves for the Huskies, who were 0-for-6 on the power play. The two teams play at 4:07 p.m. at Ridder in the second game of the series.





























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First period: 1. UM — Maryanne Menefee 3 (Amanda Kessel, Megan Bozek) 11:06 (pp); 2. UM — Sarah Davis 1 (Kelly Terry, Mira Jalosuo) 11:40 (pp); 3. UM — Kessel 3 (Hannah Brandt, Bozek) 15:18 (pp).

Second period: 4. UM — Brandt 6 (unassisted) 12:01; 5. SCSU — Vanessa Spataro 1 (Alex Nelson, Haylea Schmid) 13:49; 6. UM — Bozek 2 (Kessel, Brandt) 17:36 (pp); 7. UM — Becky Kortum 3 (unassisted) 19:56.

Third period: 8. UM — Kessel 4 (Menefee, Brandt) 5:21.

Goaltenders: SCSU — Julie Friend (37 saves); UM — Noora Raty (8 saves, 1 goal, 2 periods), Amanda Leveille (3rd period, 5 saves).


WCHA women’s standings

Team WCHA W-L-T-SW Pts Overall W-L-T
Wisconsin 1-0-1-1 5 2-0-1
MSU-Mankato 1-1-1-0 4 1-1-1
Minnesota 1-0-0-0 3 3-0-0
Ohio State 1-0-0-0 3 3-0-0
Bemidji State 0-0-0-0 0 1-0-0
Minnesota-Duluth 0-1-0-0 0 0-1-0
North Dakota 0-1-0-0 0 0-1-0
St. Cloud State 0-1-0-0 0 0-1-0

 Results Friday

Minnesota 7, SCSU 1

Ohio State 3, Minnesota-Duluth 1

MSU-Mankato 3, North Dakota 2

Wisconsin 7, Lindenwood 2

Bemidji State 3, Providence 2

Games Saturday

St. Cloud State at Minnesota, 4:07 p.m.

MSU-Mankato at North Dakota, 2:07 p.m.

Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth, 4:07 p.m.

Wisconsin at Lindenwood, 2 p.m.

Bemidji State at Providence, 3 p.m. 



Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MickHatten or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimesmick. I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at www.sctimes.com.
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