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Women's College Hockey: Top-ranked Gophers down UMD

MINNEAPOLIS - Dani Cameranesi and Kelly Pannek led the way with three points each as the No. 1 Minnesota Gophers secured a 6-1 win and series sweep over Minnesota Duluth Saturday at Ridder Arena.

MINNEAPOLIS - Dani Cameranesi and Kelly Pannek led the way with three points each as the No. 1 Minnesota Gophers secured a 6-1 win and series sweep over Minnesota Duluth Saturday at Ridder Arena.

Brook Garzone put the Gophers on the board in the first period with her fourth goal of the season. Minnesota (8-0-0, 6-0-0 WCHA) then continued its hot second-period scoring with four second-period goals. Cameranesi scored her first of the game to make it 2-0 before Cara Piazza netted a power-play goal to push the Gophers' lead to three.

Minnesota Duluth (4-6-0, 2-4-0 WCHA) got on the board in the second period with a goal by Catherine Daoust to make it 3-1 at the 12:29 mark, but the Gophers responded with an even-strength goal by Pannek at 15:22 and a power-play goal by Cameranesi at 19:35 to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.

The Gophers added one more tally in the third period as Anna Barlow scored her first collegiate goal to seal the 6-1 win.

Amanda Leveille made 16 saves on 17 shots faced over the first 52:09 of the game before Sidney Peters entered the game for the final 7:46 and did not see a shot on goal. The Gophers outshot the Bulldogs, 29-17, as Maddie Rooney made 14 saves on 19 shots in the first two periods for UMD before Kayla Black stopped nine of 10 shots in the third period.

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The Gophers held the Bulldogs scoreless on three power-play opportunities after allowing two power-play goals in Friday's 5-2 win. Meanwhile, Minnesota was two-for-three with the man advantage to improve to 13-for-26 (.500) on the power play this season.

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