Audrey Wethington had a goal and assist, and Lauren Bench stopped 24 shots as Minnesota’s women’s hockey team beat Minnesota Duluth, 3-1, Friday at Amsoil Arena.
It was the first victory of the season for the Gophers (1-2-0), ranked sixth in this week’s USCHO poll. Elizabeth Giguere scored for the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (1-2-0). The teams meet again Saturday at 3 p.m.
“Great team win here tonight,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “Some big blocked shots down the stretch, some really nice goaltending from Lauren Bench, and we were able to apply some pressure.”
Wethington started the scoring 2 minutes, 36 seconds into the game with her second career goal, and freshman Ella Huber followed with her first late in the first period. Emily Oden added an insurance goal in the third period.
Emma Soderberg made 21 saves for the Bulldogs.
“All in all, a really good hockey game and really fun to get our first win of the season,” Frost said. “Ella Huber getting her first goal and having that milestone was pretty fun, too.”