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Gophers sweepNorth Dakota

Star Tribune

Anya Miller had three goals and an assist in leading the Gophers women's hockey team to a 9-0 victory over North Dakota on Saturday night at Ridder Arena.

The victory gave the second-seeded Gophers (27-5-4) a sweep of the first-round WCHA playoff series and a berth in next weekend's WCHA semifinals.

The Gophers dominated Saturday's game from the outset with a six-goal outburst — started by Miller only 11 seconds after the game's opening faceoff — in the first period.

It was 2-0 when the Gophers scored three times in a 4:33 span midway through the period to make it 5-0.

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Miller scored her second goal with 56 seconds remaining in the period to make it 6-0, then completed her hat trick 93 seconds into the second period.

Brittany Francis, Gigi Marvin and Erica Mckenzie each contributed a goal and assist for the Gophers. Twelve different players had at least one point for the Gophers.

Goalie Kim Hanlon had 16 saves in recording the shutout for the Gophers.

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