Former Irondale star Lorence paces Gophers’ sweep

Meghan Lorence is a junior on the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team and has already experienced thrill of winning a national championship twice. Now in her third year with the Golden Gophers, Lorence, a Mounds View native and Irondale High School alumna, is on pace to have her best season yet at Minnesota.

Last weekend, Lorence scored three goals while helping her team sweep a two-game series from Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival St. Cloud State. Lorence scored twice on Friday as the Gophers beat the Huskies 3-0 and added her third tally of the series in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.

The three goals give her a dozen on the season, which eclipses her previous season-high of nine that she scored last year. She is also up to 21 points on the season, which also a career high.

Heading into this week’s action, Lorence is tied for seventh in the WCHA in goals and 12th in points.

All that despite missing four games in early November due to injury.

Other highlights for Lorence so far this season included earning WCHA player-of-the-week honors following Minnesota’s sweep of Yale in late November. She scored two goals and had two assists to pick up the award. She added four more points the following weekend in a sweep of Princeton as she assisted on the game-winning goal in game one and scored the game-winner in game two.

Lorence added another point in Minnesota’s next game against Ohio State on Dec. 7 to extend her point-scoring streak to five games. She notched 11 points in that stretch.

At the recent Hockey City Classic, which was played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the U of M, Lorence scored the game-winning goal in a 4-0 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato. Lorence is up to five game-winners this season and that leads the team.

Next up for Lorence and the Gophers is a two-game series at North Dakota on Friday and Saturday. UND is the only team to have beaten Minnesota over the past two seasons. That victory, which came on Nov. 17, snapped Minnesota’s 62-game winning streak that dated back to February of 2012.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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