MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - No. 2/3 Minnesota earned a weekend sweep against New Hampshire with a 6-1 win at Ridder Arena. Sophomore Amanda Kessel had her second hat trick of the weekend, while senior Jen Schoullis tallied a point on every goal, and tied the school record for assists in a game with five.
The Gophers got out to an early lead, as Amanda Kessel scored a goal just three minutes, 15 second into the game, with an assist by Jen Schoullis. Schoullis scored a goal of her own two minutes later, assisted by Sarah Erickson. Junior Megan Bozek gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead with a goal 14 minutes into the game, assisted by Schoullis and Baylee Gillanders.
With three points in the first period, Schoullis set a career record for points in a period.
New Hampshire switched goaltenders heading into the second period as Moe Bradley entered the game for the Wildcats. UNH came back from intermission with renewed energy and kept Minnesota scoreless with just five shots in the first half of the period. The Wildcats got their first goal of the weekend when Maggie Hunt scored 14 minutes into the game. Arielle O'Neill had the assist. The excitement for UNH was short lived as junior Mira Jalosuo scored for the Gophers two and a half minutes later to extend Minnesota's lead to 4-1. Schoullis assisted on Jalosuo's goal. In the final minutes of the period, Kessel scored her second goal of the day to put the Gophers ahead 5-1, with assists from Schoullis and Anne Schleper.
Kessel earned her second hat trick of the weekend, scoring less than two minutes into the third period, with assists from Bozek and Schoullis. With her sixth point of the game, Schoullis moved into a tie for second place in the Minnesota record book for points in a game. Kessel's third goal brought the score to 6-1 where it would remain for the rest of the game.
Shoullis had a point on every goal of the night, and set a career-best for points in a game. Her previous best was four points, scored in her freshman season, at Ohio State in January, 2009. She tied the school record for assists in a game with five, and is the first Gopher to tally five assists in a game since Natalie Darwitz in 2004.
Minnesota outshot New Hampshire 52-11 in the game, marking the fifth time this season the Gophers have accumulated 50 or more shots in a game.
Minnesota improved to 12-2-0 on the season with the win, while New Hampshire fell to 4-8-2. The Gophers are now 8-5-3 all-time against New Hampshire.
The Gophers are next in action at Harvard Nov. 25-26. Saturday's game will begin at 3 p.m. central (4 p.m. local), while Sunday's game will start at noon central (1 p.m. local).