Abbey Murphy had a hat trick in the second period and the Gophers women's hockey team beat the Durham West Junior Lightning 6-0 in an exhibition Saturday at Ridder Arena.
Recently named captain Peyton Hemp scored twice, while senior Audrey Wethington broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the second period.
The Gophers' season begins Oct. 6 and 7 with a two-game series at RIT. Their first game in the Twin Cities is on Oct. 13 against St. Thomas at Xcel Energy Center, and their first game at Ridder is Oct. 17 against St. Cloud State.
Sunday night showdown
The No. 12 Gophers volleyball team plays at No. 2 Nebraska on Sunday (BTN, 6:30 p.m.), coming off Thursday's five-set victory at Iowa in the Big Ten opener.
Gophers junior Taylor Landfair, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, had 18 kills, 11 digs and hit .405 against Iowa in her best game of the season. Melani Shaffmaster added a season-high 57 assists, along with 14 digs.
Nebraska is 10-0 and has four victories over ranked opponents, including No. 5 Stanford. The Gophers are 12-36 all-time against the Cornhuskers but 5-2 in their past seven meetings.