The No. 2-ranked Gophers women’s hockey beat host Vermont 6-2 on Saturday in the championship game of the Windjammer Classic. Taylor Heise, a freshman from Red Wing High School, put Minnesota ahead to stay with her fifth goal of the season and added two assists.

The Gophers (13-2-1) scored early and late in the opening period to take a 2-1 lead. Catie Skaja got a goal at 1:13, and Heise scored with 1:02 left. In between those goals, Kristina Shanahan found the net for Vermont (3-8-4) at 12:51 for the first time this season.

Minnesota dominated the second period, outshooting the Catamounts 16-5 and expanding its lead to 4-1. Amy Potomak and Emily Oden scored the goals, with each getting an assist on the other’s goal. Heise had assists on both those goals.

Vermont cut the Gophers’ lead to 4-2 in the seventh minute of the third period on Alyssa Gorecki’s unassisted goal.

The Gophers’ Kelly Pannek, who had a hat trick on Friday in an 8-2 victory over No. 8 St. Lawrence, had her fourth goal of the weekend and ninth of the season three minutes later, and Katie Robinson got her team’s final goal with 1:53 left.

Alex Gulstene stopped 19 shots for the Gophers, Melissa Black had 33 saves for the Catamounts.

News Services