Grand Forks, N.D. – The nation’s best power play was clicking again on Saturday as the Gophers women’s hockey team defeated North Dakota 3-1 to sweep their WCHA series at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Dani Cameranesi scored two power-play goals, at 17:41 of the first period, and at 12:51 of the second, to lead No. 1-ranked Minnesota (26-1-1, 20-1-1 WCHA).
The Gophers remain unbeaten (13-0-1) in 14 games since their 3-2 loss to UND on Nov. 17 at Ridder Arena. That loss came on a Saturday after an easy 6-1 victory in the first game of the series.
This weekend the Gophers won 5-1 Friday and made sure their would be no letdown in the second game this time.
Rachel Ramsey and Hannah Brandt set up Cameranesi for her first goal — with 10 seconds left on Layla Marvin’s high-sticking penalty.
Cameranesi’s second goal, the 14th of the season for the 5-5 former Blake star, came only 13 seconds after UND’s Johanna Fallman went into the box for holding. It made the Gophers’ power play 5-for-5 in the series — and briefly 30 percent for the season (33 of 110) — before the home team finally killed a slashing penalty two minutes later.
Meghan Lorence gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead in the fifth minute of the third period.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie kept No. 3/4 UND (16-7-3, 13-6-2-2) close by stopping 39 shots; sophomore Amanda Leveille had 17 saves for the Gophers. She had a shutout until Gracen Hirschy scored for UND with 3:33 left to play.
The victory was the Gophers’ 42nd in a row on the road, including 15 this season.
|Chicago WSox - WP: S. Carroll||6||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister||2|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Minor||11||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||6|
|NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman||0|
|Arizona - WP: W. Miley||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0|
|St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright||10||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||2|
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: V. Black||5|
|Boston - LP: J. Peavy||2||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||3|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Correia||9||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||3|
|Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison||3||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||10|
|Detroit||2||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Washington||3||Top 7th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|LA Angels||5||Bottom 6th Inning|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - P. Maholm|
|Oakland - J. Chavez||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - H. Iwakuma|
|Red Bull New York||4|
|Chicago||1||2nd Half 4:00|
|Sporting Kansas City||2||2nd Half 1:00|
|Chivas USA||9:00 PM|
|Real Salt Lake||9:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8:30 PM|
|Edmonton||7/17/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||7/18/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||7/18/14 9:00 PM|
|Montreal||7/19/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||62||3rd Qtr 3:50|