Raty Ties Vetter's Shutout Record as Golden Gophers Enjoy Undefeated Year

Mark StaffieriContributor IIFebruary 25, 2013

Photo by Eric Miller
Photo by Eric Miller

A February 23 shutout win against the St. Cloud State Huskies resulted in history being accomplished twice for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. With the 3-0 win, Minnesota registered the first undefeated regular season in NCAA women’s hockey with a sterling record of 34-0-0. In addition, the Golden Gophers extended their undefeated streak to 42 games.

Noora Raty logged her 13th shutout of the season to tie former Wisconsin Badgers goaltender Jessie Vetter for the all-time NCAA lead in shutouts with 39. An attendance of 518 at St. Cloud, MN was on-hand to witness the historical feat.

The first period resulted in a scoreless tie. It marked the second consecutive game in which Minnesota was unable to score in the opening period. It was a minor victory for St. Cloud, who was only the second team to accomplish that this season. The other was Wisconsin on December 1 and 2.  

Hannah Brandt logged her 28th goal of the season for a 1-0 lead at the 11:37 mark of the second period. Assists were credited to Lee Stecklein and Baylee Gillanders.

The Huskies were unable to capitalize on the home ice advantage in the final frame. Becky Kortum scored for Minnesota at the 4:10 mark. Milica McMillen logged a power-play marker for the final goal of the game at the 8:08 mark. Team captain Megan Bozek was credited with her 32nd assist of the season.

St. Cloud was outshot by a 39-19 margin, and Julie Friend took the loss. Brandt, Raty and Friend were named the Three Stars of the Game. With the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs coming next, the Bemidji State Beavers will play Minnesota.

Raty finished the season with a remarkable 31-0-0 record, and backup goaltender Amanda Leveille went 3-0-0 with three shutouts. With Raty's season, she has established herself as one of the favorites to grab the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award.

The Gophers had 12 skaters log at least 20 points during the regular season. The distinguished dozen included Amanda Kessel, who led the team (and the NCAA) with 93 points, and Brandt—the scoring leader among all rookies in the NCAA with 73 points. Bozek followed with 47 points to pace all seniors.

Maryanne Menefee logged 31 points to rank fourth. Kortum and Kelly Terry had 30 points each. Rachel Bona notched 27 points and was followed by Mira Jalosuo and Rachel Ramsey with identical 25-point campaigns. Meghan Lorence registered 21 points, topping McMillen and Sarah Davis with 20-point campaigns to round out the group.