The University of Minnoesta Golden Gopher women’s hockey team hosted fellow Minnesota college Bemidji State Beavers to Ridder Arena on February 15, 2013. The game pitted the 30-0-0 number one ranked Gopher Hockey team against a struggling 6-20-2 Beavers.
The Gophers did not waste any time getting on the board as team leader Amanda Kessel stormed the net, scooping up a loose puck and blasting it by Beaver goalie Abby Kyplanski only eight seconds into the game. The Gophers’ Rachael Bona picked up the team’s second goal of the game 59 seconds later at the 1:07 mark of the first period.
The Gophers’ Rachel Ramsey and Hannah Brandt would each pick up a goal to round out the first period scoring. After 20 minute the Gophers led 4-0 and led in the shots on goal department by a 23-4 margin.
The second period was a continuation of the first period with the Gophers scoring three goal on 16 shots while the Beavers were held scoreless on four shots. Amanda Kessel picked up her 42nd goal of the year 31 seconds into the second period, assisted by Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee. Also scoring for the Gophers were Becky Kortum and Milia McMillen, bringing the score after two periods to 7-0 Gophers.
The Beaver’s best chance for a goal came with 1:55 left in the game when a shot hit the right side of the crossbar, the Beaver’s 14th shot of the game. The final score was Minnesota Gophers 8, Bemidji State Beavers 0. This was the Gopher’s 39th consecutive win extending their NCAA record for longest winning streak. The Gophers have another game against the Beavers on February 16 then a series at St. Cloud State. They will then play the first round of WCHA playoffs the first weekend in March.