Kelly Pannek helps Minnesota to second win of the weekend

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Kelly Pannek scored the winning goal and an assist to help Minnesota’s Team Adidas to a 6-2 win over New Hampshire’s Team Women’s Sports Foundation at Fifth Third Arena on Sunday.

Her one-timer off a pass from Anne Pankowski brought the score to 2-1 and was her first goal of the 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour.

Team Adidas swept the weekend with back-to-back wins after a 4-1 victory over Team WSF at the United Center on Saturday, bringing their overall record for the Tour to 3-1.

Kendall Coyne Schofield put the first goal on the scoreboard as she took advantage of Savannah Harmon’s bouncing rebound eight minutes into the first period. With at least one goal in each of the four games, she totals five goals this season, matching rookie Abby Roque to lead the scoring.

Lee Stecklein’s far shot from just over the blueline also added a goal for Team Adidas in the second period to extend to a 3-1 lead, assisted by Kelly Pannek and Dani Cameranesi.

Minnesota wasn’t finished scoring as they came into the third period. Hilary Knight scored, then Sydney Brodt, and finally Knight again to complete their team’s 6-2 win.

Brodt’s goal brought Team Adidas an extra point in the standings as the Dream Gap Tour awards one to any team that scores five goals in one game.

The game gave them three points for the standings: two for the win and one for the fifth goal, adding to a 5-0 total. The PWHPA scoring model can be found here.

Hayley Scamurra answered Minnesota’s first goal after a scramble in front of their net with eight minutes left in the period, tying the game at 1-1 and scoring her second goal of the Dream Gap Tour.

Amanda Kessel put New Hampshire’s second goal on the scoreboard early in the third period. Minnesota goaltender Maddie Rooney made two big saves in the midst of the traffic in front of her net but wasn’t able to stop New Hampshire’s third attempt from Kessel.

Team WSF battled with four defenders and a bench not nearly as deep as Team Adidas’.  

Rooney playing in net for Minnesota gave a break to Hensley, who had a 0.970 save percentage in Saturday’s game to earn the Player of the Game honour.

Katie Burt was put to work in New Hampshire’s goal, forced to make multiple big saves against Minnesota, who outshot Team WSF 39-33.

Team Adidas came out hungry in the first period and got three shots before Coyne Schofield’s goal. Team Women’s Sports Foundation was quick to wake up, not only tying the game at one, but also rising ahead of Minnesota in shots.

The game was back in control of Team Adidas in the third period. New Hampshire’s legs grew tired as they struggled to create anything out of their power play halfway through the period.     

There are no further 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour events currently scheduled. Chairperson Jayna Hefford mentioned last week in Sunday’s post-game press conference that the PWHPA is working to get the Tour to Canada, but with more restrictions than in the USA it’s taking more time to work out logistics.

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