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Gophers Hockey: Hannah Brandt tops 100 goals, becomes Minnesota's all-time scoring leader

Brandt finished the weekend with 247 career points after a career-high five goals Saturday.

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Hannah Brandt is now Minnesota's all-time leading scoring leader.

Brandt, the two-time WCHA player of the year, passed the 246 points of Natalie Darwitz (2002-2005) during Saturday's 8-3 win against Bemidji State. Entering the weekend she needed four points to tie Darwitz's record. After being held without a point in Friday's 4-0 win, Brandt began the game with a goal in front of the net as she fell and finished netting a career-high five goals Saturday to end the weekend with 247 career points (104G-143A).

The first was also her 100th career goal, which came after a five game drought. Brandt is only the fourth player in Gopher women's hockey history to reach the 100 goal milestone.

"It was good to finally get a goal tonight. It's been a few games for me and every bounce seemed to go in for me tonight," she said following the win.

Saturday went right for the senior to the point where in the third period her fourth goal came with a fifth. Brandt was given credit for an earlier goal that was awarded to Sarah Potomak, making a natural hat trick in the most unnatural of ways.

Brandt has 26 points (14G-12A) on the season for the Gophers (11-1-0, 9-1-0-0 WCHA). Her 14 goals have come in only four games where the Vandais Heights, MN native has scored in bunches. She has performances of  2, 3, 4 and now a program-tying record 5 goals.

"What an accomplishment. We've had incredible players coming through our program and for her to be at that milestone is really great." said Gopher head coach Brad Frost. "She's been a little snakebit over the last five games so you just figure when it does go in, it's going to be a Hannah goal, somewhat unorthodox."

Minnesota next hosts Yale in a non-conference series Friday and Saturday.

Oddly enough, the goal change did take away one record for Brandt in a game that had several. Brandt, who initially had an assist on the goal, still trails Darwitz for the most assists in Minnesota history by one (144 to 143).


Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter --