Grace Zumwinkle and Taylor Heise scored a pair of goals and the second-ranked Gophers women’s hockey team won the inaugural Minnesota Cup by beating St. Cloud State 5-1 on Sunday at Ridder Arena.
Sydney Scobee made 22 saves as the Gophers (19-2-1) earned their 12th consecutive victory by beating St. Cloud State for the fifth time this season. The Minnesota Cup was a four-team tournament for Minnesota, Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State. The games do not count in the WCHA standings.
“Just a great crowd over the weekend, watching some really good hockey and four really competitive games,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said.
Taylor Wente and Taylor Heise scored 95 seconds apart early on for the Gophers, and Zumwinkle made it 3-0 with a power-play goal in the second. After St. Cloud State’s Abby Thiessen responded less than a minute later, Zumwinkle scored her 16th goal of the season 48 seconds into the third period. Heise added an empty-netter.
Janine Adler stopped 45 shots for the Huskies (7-16-2), who were outshot 50-23.
UMD beat MSU Mankato 5-3 in the third-place game.