Sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle scored two goals to lead the No. 3 Gophers to a 5-0 victory over No. 10 Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena in nonconference women's hockey. Minnesota won the series and season opener for both teams 4-2 after trailing 1-0 into the middle period.
"A great game tonight, a full 60 minutes of hockey," Gophers coach Brad Frost said.
The Gophers outshot the Lakers 20-4 in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead on Zumwinkle's first goal at 12 minutes, 17 seconds.
Minnesota added three more goals in a six-minute stretch of the middle period. Alex Woken made it 2-0 at 10:41 and, just over four minutes later, Zumwinkle got her second goal. Sarah Potomak made it 4-0. Taylor Heise got the final goal with 4:26 left in the third.
"The pressure that we were able to apply in the first and carry on into the second was the most important," Frost said.
Junior Sydney Scobee, a transfer from Vermont, made 17 saves for the shutout. Kennedy Blair stopped 38 shots for Mercyhurst of Erie, Pa.