Jen Schoullis scored two goals to help the No. 7 University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 3-0 win over No. 9 Harvard University, tonight, at Ridder Arena. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 9-5-0 overall. The Crimson dropped their third game of the season and now sit at 4-3-2 overall.
The Golden Gophers got on the board at 15:56 in the first period when Mira Jalosuo netted her first goal of the season. While on the power play, Jalosuo ripped in a shot from just inside the blue line. It sailed past Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy as she was screened in front. The power-play assists went to Amanda Kessel and Becky Kortum. With the goal, it was the first goal the Gophers scored against the Crimson in 150:31 minutes played. Minnesota went scoreless against Harvard last year, in a 1-0 and 0-0 overtime tie in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to that time, the Gophers had not scored a goal against HU since November 29, 2008, also on a Jen Schoullis goal to earn a 3-2 win.
Minnesota added to its lead when Schoullis capitalized on a rebound attempt at 1:33 in the second period. She was there to bury the puck after Megan Bozek held the initial shot. A power-play goal, it was Minnesota's second of the game. At the 10-minute mark, however, starting goalie Noora Raty and Harvard's Josephine Pucci collided, knocking her out of the game. Jenny Lura took over the goaltending role for the remainder of the game.
Schoullis added her second goal of the game at 3:21 in the third period to put the game at 3-0. Sarah Erickson tried to score a goal as she was left all alone in front of the net with a near-open net. She fired a shot, but it rang off the crossbar. The referee did not allow the goal, but Schoullis was there to bang in the rebound attempt. The last time Schoullis had two goals in a game dates back to Jan. 10, 2009 when she netted two against Ohio State.
Lura kept the shutout intact when she stopped all 10 shots since the second period. She had three saves in the second and seven in the third for 10. It was Lura's first game action since Feb. 13, 2010.
Minnesota was 2-for-5 on the power play, while holding Harvard 0-for-4. The Gophers also held a narrow 26 to 22 lead in shots. Minnesota is now 4-5-0 against ranked teams this season. The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon as both teams are idle tomorrow. Both teams will resume play at 1 p.m., also at Ridder Arena.