Junior forward Kate Schipper had a goal and two assists as the No. 3 Gophers defeated No. 5 Bemidji State 4-0 on Friday in a WCHA game at Ridder Arena.
Minnesota (10-1, 8-1 conference), coming off its only loss of the season, broke open a 2-0 game with two power-play goals in the final four minutes of the second period. Dani Cameranesi made it 3-0 with one second left on a man advantage. Schipper scored 2½ minutes later with 46 seconds in the period.
The Gophers, who were a Division I-best .452 on the power play, went 2-for-4 on it, the Beavers 0-3.
"Our power play was doing some nice things," Gophers coach Brad Frost said. "It was really nice to see our second unit with those two goals. Those were huge for us. But really I thought the key for us was keeping the zero on the board [for Bemidji State]."
Cara Piazza scored at 6:36 of the first period to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Kelly Pannek extended her points streak to 13 games with a goal midway through the second period.
Bemidji State (10-3-2, 7-3-1) came into this series with its highest national ranking ever, a four-game winning streak and recent success against Minnesota (2-2-1 last season). Beavers junior goalie Brittni Mowat, who was fifth in the nation with a 1.06 goals-against average and third with a .961 save percentage, had 31 saves.
The Gophers' Amanda Leveille made 18 saves for her third shutout this season and 25th of her career.