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Forum News Service, Published November 16 2013

Gophers rout UND in women's hockey

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s not easy to break a winning streak that spans three seasons.

The University of North Dakota found that out on Saturday afternoon in Ridder Arena.

Top-ranked Minnesota won its 62nd consecutive game, decisively defeating UND 6-1 in the women’s hockey series opener.

Freshman Megan Wolfe scored the first two goals of her college career and Hannah Brandt had three points as the Gophers blew the game open with a four-goal second period.

Minnesota, which last lost a game on Feb. 17, 2012, against UND, improved to 13-0 on the season. UND dropped to 8-2-1 and 6-2-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

Meghan Dufault scored the lone goal for UND, which outshot the Gophers 35-30 in the game. But the Gophers had more of Grade-A opportunities.

Kelly Terry put the Gophers ahead at the 12-minute, 49-second mark of the first period, walking around UND forward Michelle Karvinen, making a move on goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie and scoring.

Then, Wolfe scored goals at 1:44 and 6:22 of the second period to open up a 3-0 Gophers lead. Brook Garzone and Rachel Ramsey tacked on two more at 11:39 and 14:52 to make it 5-0 by the end of the second period.

Dufault scored on a turnaround shot at 3:32 of the third period. Brandt finished the scoring by tacking on a rebound goal at 8:28.

The series finale is at 2:07 p.m. today in Ridder Arena.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Terry (McMillen, Leveille) 12:49.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, M, Wolfe (Bona, Brandt) 1:44 (pp). 3, M, Wolfe (Bona, Brandt) 6:22. 4, M, Garzone (Davis) 11:39. 5, M, Ramsey (Davis) 14:52.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, UND, Dufault 3:32. 7, M, Brandt (Terry) 8:28.

SAVES: UND, Amsley-Benzie 9-8-7–24. M, Leveille 10-11-13–34.