Noora Raty Sets Golden Gophers All-Time Wins Record

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IINovember 5, 2012

Obtained from Minnesota Hockey, Image from WCHA
Obtained from Minnesota Hockey, Image from WCHA

Already one of the elite women’s hockey backstops in the world, Noora Raty’s legacy as the greatest goaltender in Minnesota Golden Gophers history continues to be strengthened. Her most recent accomplishment is breaking the program record for most career wins.

The record came as the Golden Gophers scored four goals in the third period of a win versus the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

The senior from Finland now has a sparkling career record of 85-17-8 and stands 15 wins away from tying former Mercyhurst Lakers backstop Hillary Pattenden’s record for career wins by an NCAA goaltender.

In addition, Raty is nine shutouts away from breaking the all-time NCAA mark. With win No. 84, she broke Jody Horak's Minnesota record, who stood between the pipes for the Golden Gophers from 2001-05.

It was a hard-earned win for Raty against a nationally ranked opponent. The first period saw the Fighting Sioux outshoot the Golden Gophers by a 10-5 mark.

18 seconds into the second stanza, Tori Williams scored on Raty for her first goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Andrea Dalen and Mary Loken.

Facing a 1-1 tie in the third, Rachael Bona scored what stood as the game-winning goal for the Gophers. Milica McMillen then made it 3-1 for the Gophers, followed by Brook Garzone scoring the first goal of her NCAA career to extend the Gophers lead.

With one second left in the contest, high-scoring freshman Hannah Brandt logged an empty-net goal to ice the game at a 5-1 mark. Raty made 21 saves in the contest as she continues her undefeated streak this season.

Last season, Raty competed in 40 of 41 contests for the Gophers and won a remarkable 33 of them. She was instrumental in the Gophers run to a third NCAA Frozen Four championship.