Krissy Wendell scores three goals in Gopher win

Krissy Wendell scored three goals and an assist to lead the No. 1 University of Minnesota women's hockey team over No. 7 Mercyhurst College, 5-1, tonight at Ridder Arena. Wendell scored two goals in the first period and a tally in the second for the hat trick. The Golden Gophers improve their record to 15-1-1 overall.

The Gophers scored three unanswered goals in the first period. Wendell started her scoring streak at 11:21 of the first period when she netted her first short-handed goal of the night. She scored one short-handed goal with Kelly Stephens tallying her 24th assist of the season. Wendell added her second goal of the night just 2:06 later at 13:27. Wendell picked up the loose puck from the blueline and skated in for the unassisted goal. Becky Wacker added Minnesota's last goal of the period at 19:30. Wendell took the initial shot, while Wacker was there to put in the rebound. By the end of the first period, Wendell already tallied three points.

Wendell completed her hat trick at 3:05 of the second period. She scored her second short-handed goal of the game, shooting the puck through the Mercyhurst goalie's five-hole. Wendell tied the school record for short-handed goals in a game with two. The trio marked the second time in her career that Wendell has had a hat trick, with the first coming in the Oct. 17 game against Ohio State when Wendell tallied four goals to help the Gophers win 6-3.

The Gophers added their final goal of the night at 15:23 of the third stanza, this time by Andrea Nichols. Danielle Ashley fired a shot, while Nichols put the rebound in the net, top shelf. La Toya Clarke set up the first assist, her 11th of the season.

The Gophers did not allow a power-play goal in the Lakers' five attempts. Minnesota had three short-handed shots to Mercyhurst's four with the extra attacker. Minnesota finished the game 0-2 on the power play, with the team's first attempt coming 11:54 of the third, which lasted a total of 16 seconds. The Maroon and Gold outshot Mercyhurst 28-25.

Minnesota will look for the series sweep 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night at Ridder Arena.

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