Minnesota Shuts-Out Bemidji State 7-0
Friday, December 5, 2003
Dec. 5, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Minnesota illustrated why it is the number one team in the nation Friday night as the Golden Gophers shut out Bemidji State 7-0 at Ridder Arena. Minnesota extended its unbeaten streak to 13 with the victory.

Minnesota opened the scoring at 5:53 of the first period off a power-play tally from La Toya Clarke to take a 1-0 lead. The Gophers lit the lamp two more times in the opening stanza, as Krissy Wendell netted a shorthanded goal at 12:23 and Clarke added her second marker of the night at 13:49, giving Minnesota a 3-0 advantage.

The Golden Gophers picked up one goal in the second period and three additional scores in the final period of regulation to secure a convincing 7-0 triumph.

UM outshot BSU by a clip of 55-23, marking the highest shot total allowed by the Beavers since an 11-3 setback against Minnesota-Duluth on Feb. 22, 2003, in which BSU surrendered 55 shots.

Sophomore goaltender Jill Luebke finished with a career-high 48 saves, besting her old mark of 42 set against Ohio State in the 2003 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five (2-28-03). The last time a Bemidji State goaltender made 45 saves or more in one contest came against Minnesota in a 3-2 loss during the 2002-03 campaign (11-13-02).

The Beavers fall to 2-12-1 overall and 0-9-0 in WCHA play. BSU will look to salvage a series split with the Golden Gophers tomorrow afternoon at Ridder Arena. The puck will drop at 4:05 p.m..

Scoring Summary
First Period: UM, La Toya Clarke (11) PP (Natalie Darwitz, Kelly Stephens), 5:53
First Period: UM, Krissy Wendell (11) SH (Unassisted), 12:23
First Period: UM, La Toya Clarke (12) ES (Kelly Stephens, Ashley Albrecht), 13:49
Second Period: UM, Danielle Ashley (1) ES (Natalie Darwitz, La Toya Clarke), 12:46
Third Period: UM, Noelle Sutton (6) ES (Melissa Coulombe, Chelsey Brodt), 1:40
Third Period: UM, Kelly Stephens (7) ES (Natalie Darwitz, La Toya Clarke), 3:52
Third Period: UM, Krissy Wendell (12) PP (Kelly Stephens, Natalie Darwitz), 13:53
BSU - Jill Luebke 16-19-13-48
UM - Jody Horak 6-7-10-23