The No. 2 Gophers women's hockey team scored four goals in the second period to defeat Yale 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena in the first game of a nonconference series.

"It's good to be back after almost a month away," Gophers coach Brad Frost said. "As you noticed it was a little sloppy there throughout the game, but the second period, being able to get those four obviously big goals, and we were able to continue to apply the pressure."

The first three goals for Minnesota (16-1-3) came in a span of 2 minutes, 24 seconds of the middle period. Sarah Potomak opened the scoring at 6:05, intercepting a pass in the offensive end and walking in from the right side. Her sister, Amy, got the next goal on a rush. Then after Claire Dalton of Yale (7-7) scored the first of her two goals, Emily Oden made it 3-1 on a rebound at 8:29.

Sophomore defenseman Crystalyn Hengler got the fourth goal for Minneota on a shot from the left point at 17:17.

Abigail Boreen made it 5-1 Gophers early in the third on a rebound shot from in front. Grace Zumwinkle, the sixth different player to score for Minnesota, got the final goal. That gave Zumwinkle 14 goals, tying her with Sarah Potomak for the team high.

Sydney Scobee made 14 saves for the Gophers, Tera Hofman 21 for Yale.

"Overall a good start," Frost said.