Nadine Muzerall recorded her fourth consecutive hat trick, collecting four goals in all, as sixth-ranked Minnesota, 18-5-0, handed third-ranked New Hampshire, 16-5-0, a 6-2 loss.
Ambria Thomas scored at 3:19 of the first period and Laura Slominski's short-handed goal gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead before Carisa Zaban scored on the power-play at 3:06 of the second period.
Muzerall then took over, scoring the Gophers final four goals, giving her 20 goals in her last nine games, including 15 in her last four. Three of her goals were power-play markers and she now leads the nation with 11.
The Gophers were 3-for-7 on the power-play against the Wildcats, the fourth time in five games they have score three goals with a player advantage.
Despite a 36-27 advantage in shot on goal, New Hampshire managed just two goals on Erica Killewald, who made 34 saves. Jen Huggon had 21 save for the Wildcats.
The two teams meet again at 1:05 p.m. Sunday in the final game of their two-game series at Mariucci Arena.