Minnesota (3-0-0) witnessed redshirt junior Abbey Murphy record her first collegiate hat trick, accumulating a total of five points throughout the game.
In addition to Murphy’s hat trick, the Gophers scored five more goals, with junior Ella Huber finding the net twice. Huber currently holds three goals and three assists this season. Murphy assisted in both of Huber’s goals, while fifth-year senior Taylor Stewart earned her first point of the season by assisting in Huber’s second goal.
In the second period, Murphy, Huber, and junior Peyton Hemp each scored a goal, while in the third period, Huber, senior Audrey Wethington, and redshirt sophomore Emma Conner found the back of the net.
Halfway through the third period, A. Wethington scored her first goal of the season. With only 14 seconds remaining in the game, Conner scored with assists from Madeline Wethington and Ava Lindsay.
Junior goaltender Skylar Vetter achieved her second shutout of the season, making a total of 27 saves.
“This was a great event tonight, and I’m really happy we could be a part of it playing here at Xcel Energy Center,” said head coach Brad Frost. “We’re getting better each and every week, and I’m really proud of our group. Abbey Murphy and Skylar Vetter played exceptionally well again tonight, as they have all year.”
“It was nice to get those first two [goals], but I was focused on doing the right things first and I just figured that the third one would come eventually,” Murphy commented on her hat trick.
– Abbey Murphy is the first Gopher to achieve a natural hat trick since Amy Potomak vs. Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 31, 2020
– Murphy achieved her first collegiate hat trick and has scored two goals in a game nine times throughout her career
– Ella Huber achieved her third two-goal game in her career
– Murphy achieved a single-game career-high of five points
Minnesota will travel to Saint Thomas Ice Arena for the second game of their series with the Tommies on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. CT.