Gophers Shut Out Minnesota State
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) – Dani Cameranesi scored a natural hat trick and Nicole Schammel scored her first goal as a Gopher to lead the No. 2 Minnesota women's hockey team to a 5-0 win over visiting Minnesota State at Ridder Arena Friday evening.
Cameranesi and Kelly Pannek (3a) led the Gophers with three points apiece, and Schammel's first career goal for the Maroon & Gold proved to be the game-winner. Sydney Baldwin added her first goal of the season.
Sidney Peters earned her third shutout of the season with 10 saves as Minnesota outshot the Mavericks, 35-10. Minnesota State (2-8-1, 0-8-1-0 WCHA) was led by goaltender Katie Bidulka's 30 save-effort.
"It was a real solid win tonight, I thought this might've been one of our most complete games of the year," head coach Brad Frost said. "Our first line was buzzing all night, the power play was really good, and Sidney Peters made the save she was supposed to.
Minnesota (10-1-0, 8-1-0-0 WCHA) got on the board first when Schammel tipped a shot by Lindsay Agnew past Bidulka at the 5:18 mark of the first period. Caitlin Reilly fed Agnew, who fired a shot from the top of the slot, and Schammel knocked the puck in to give the Gophers the 1-0 lead.
Cameranesi then ripped off three-straight goals for the Gophers, including back-to-back power-play tallies. Her first goal came at 13:36 of the first period, assisted by Kate Schipper and Pannek, and her second-consecutive power-play goal was set up by Pannek and Megan Wolfe at 14:50 of the second period. Cameranesi made it 4-0 with her 10th goal of the year with 57 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
The third period saw Baldwin score her first goal of the season with 4:22 remaining. Schammel picked up an assist on the play as the Gophers extended their lead to 5-0.
Minnesota went 2-for-5 on the power play while holding Minnesota State to 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
Cameranesi's hat trick marked the fifth of her career. It was the first natural hat trick by a Gopher in almost exactly one year as Hannah Brandt scored a natural hat trick in the Gophers' 8-3 win over Bemidji State on Nov. 14, 2015.