The Lake Forest women's hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a 3-0 victory over St. Thomas on Saturday night at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Lake Forest extended its lead to 2-0 lead at 3:41 of the second period when freshman Melissa Paluch wristed a shot from the faceoff cicle that went top shelf.
Lake Forest closed out the scoring with an empty net goal at 19:38 of the third period.
Brankin finished the game with 21 saves while her counterpart Alise Riedel stopped 28 of 30 shots.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.