By Roman Augustoviz
The Gophers swept Syracuse 4-3 and 4-1 this weekend. I saw all of the first game and half the second period on Sunday. Then I left for the U of M men’s hockey game.
Here is what I missed, written by the Gophers media relations office:
The No. 3 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team earned a series sweep and a 4-1 win over Syracuse on Sunday at Ridder Arena. Anne Schleper and Chelsey Jones each netted two goals for the win. The Golden Gophers improve to 2-0-0.
Minnesota got on the board twice in the first period when Anne Schleper scored back-to-back power-play goals 50 seconds in between each other at 7:03 and 7:53. A Syracuse penalty-killer was trying to clear the puck from the left corner before Schleper’s first goal. She was camped at the blue line and fired the puck back into play. The puck slid through Syracuse goalie Lucy Schoedel’s pads. She was screened. On her second goal, Schleper fired a shot just inside the blue line. Chelsey Jones won the faceoff and was credited with the single assist.
Syracuse cut the Gophers’ lead to one when Megan Skelly took advantage of a Minnesota turnover at 11:03 in the second. However, Jones put the game back to a two-goal lead when she scored her second goal in two days at 15:29 in the second. Mira Jalosuo started the play off the left boards and passed it to Laura May. She found Jones in the slot and she shot the puck in the right corner over Schoedel’s left shoulder.
Jones added an additional goal at 18:39 in the third period. May and Jones created a two-on-one with May taking the first shot and Jones scoring on the rebound. Becky Kortum got her first point as a Golden Gopher on the play. She had the second assist.
Freshman goalie Noora Räty played in her first college game. She had six saves in the first period, six in the second and five in the third for a total of 17. Minnesota went 2-for-5 on the power-play, while holding the Orange scoreless in five attempts, including a five-on-three power-play.
Minnesota begins the WCHA season next weekend when it travels to Ohio State. The Gophers return home Oct. 16-17 when the Minnesota Duluth visits.