Minnesota completed its weekend sweep of the Colgate Women's Hockey team with an 8-1 win at Ridder Arena Saturday afternoon.
The visitors struggled at the start of the first period and it didn't take long for the number two ranked team in the land to take advantage. Taylor Heise found the back of net past Raider starting goalie Alexa Dobchuk just over four minutes in.
A second goal was narrowly avoided just moments later when Rosy Demers flagged down a Golden Gopher forward from the neutral zone on a breakaway to keep the margin at one.
Minnesota doubled up on its advantage three minutes later thanks to Olivia Knowles and Grace Zumwinkle capped the first period scoring with just under three minutes to play to give the Golden Gophers a 3-0 lead the first break.
The Golden Gophers tallied their fourth of the night thanks to Sarah Potomak just over three minutes into the frame and made it 5-0 with seven minutes to play on an Emily Brown tally.
It appeared the Raiders got on the board with 1:53 to play in the second on a nice play setup in the neutral zone by Noemi Neubauerova. She chipped a puck to Kendall Williamson, who broke in the offensive end from the wing. She slid a centering pass that Sydney Bard was able to deflect home with her skate. The goal was waived off, as it was deemed Bard directed the puck with a kicking motion.
Minnesota tacked on three goals in the third period to move their lead to 8-0. Liz Auby relieved Dobchuk with 14:33 left in the game and made six saves in the period to make it 42 stops on the weekend.
Malia Schneider had the bright spot of the day for the Raiders when she walked into the attacking end late in the period and lifted a wrist over the right shoulder of Golden Gopher goalie Sydney Scobee for her first of the year.
#2 Minnesota 8, Colgate 1
Facts & Figures
Rosy Demers led the Raiders with four shots on net.
Shelby Wood, Eleri MacKay and Maggie MacEachern all had two blocked shots to lead Colgate.
The Raiders return to Hamilton and Class of 1965 Arena Oct. 4 to host Mercyhurst. Puck drop is slated for 5 p.m.