MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Jen Schoullis scored twice in the first period to lead the No. 4 University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over Bemidji State, tonight at Ridder Arena. With the win, the Golden Gophers are now 21-7-2 on the season and 16-7-2 in the WCHA. Bemidji State drops to 12-14-3 and 10-12-3 against WCHA competition.
The Golden Gophers jumped out to their best lead of the season when they went up, 4-1, after the first period. Bemidji State, however, was the team that scored first. The Gophers covered up the puck in the crease, resulting in a penalty shot attempt. BSU's Erin Cody scored a penalty shot just 30 seconds into the contest to put BSU up, 1-0. However, Minnesota responded back with four goals at 3:12, 11:32, 12:15 and again at 14:26.
Jen Schoullis scored her first goal of the game at 3:12 in the first when she placed the puck in the top left corner. The assists went to her linemates Amanda Kessel and Sarah Erickson. Becky Kortum scored on a one-timer at 11:32. Kelly Terry set up Kortum as she found Kortum in front of the net from the corner. Sarah Davis held the second assist. Erickson scored on her own rebound at 12:15 with the assists from Schoullis and Mira Jalosuo. Schoullis concluded the first-period scoring drive with her second goal of the game at 14:26 as Erickson and Kessel set up the play. With the four goals, the Beavers replaced starting goaltender Alana McElhinney with Zuzana Tomcikova.
The first period scoring would all be the Gophers would need for the game. Minnesota attempted 12 shots in the second period to BSU's 10, while BSU had 12 shots in the third to Minnesota's 10 en route for the win.
Noora Raty was in goal for the Gophers to collect her 19th win this season and now sits at 19-5-2 this year. Raty allowed the penalty shot at the beginning of the game and then shut out the Beavers with 30 saves. Schoullis was named the No. 1 star of the game, followed by Erickson and Raty. Schoullis and Erickson each had three points, followed by Kessel with two and four with a point.
The Gophers and Beavers will conclude the series tomorrow at 4 p.m., at Ridder Arena.