No. 2 Minnesota earned a 7-2 victory against No. 5 North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., tonight. The Gophers improve to 15-2-0 overall and 9-2-0 in WCHA games. North Dakota moves to 10-6-1, and 7-5-1 in conference action.
Like they did last Sunday at Harvard, Minnesota scored early to get the lead. The Gophers got on the board just 22 seconds into the game as Sarah Erickson got her eighth goal of the season. Jen Schoullis and Megan Bozek had assists on the goal. The goal was the fastest in a game this season, and was the second opening-minute goal this season.
Sarah Davis scored four minutes, 19 seconds into the game to extend Minnesota's lead to 2-0, with an assist from Emily West. With North Dakota's Tori Williams in the penalty box, Jen Schoullis got her second point of the game, scoring Minnesota's third goal at 16:51, with assists from Anne Schleper and Megan Bozek.
Minnesota gave the Sioux two power play opportunities in the first period, but UND was only able to get in three shots during those power plays, and wasn't able to score. Minnesota led in shots in the first 11-7. UND's Jocelyne Lamoureux took a penalty for tripping in the last seconds of the first period, so the Gophers went into intermission with one minute, 53 seconds left on the power play.
Minnesota had nearly four minutes on the power play in the second period, but didn't get a power play goal. Amanda Kessel put Minnesota ahead 4-0 with an even strength, unassisted goal nearly 16 minutes into the period, marking her second and the team's third unassisted goal this season. North Dakota also had four minutes on the power play in the second period, but wasn't able to score, getting only two shots on goal in those two power plays.
Mira Jalosuo scored Minnesota's fifth goal, a line drive from the blue line off a pass from Rachel Ramsey. The goal was Jalosuo's third of the season. North Dakota finally got on the board about seven minutes into the final period, with Michelle Karvinen scoring to bring the score to 5-1. Jocelyne Lamoureux and Allison Perizek had assists on the goal.
Jen Schoullis got her third point of the game, scoring Minnesota's sixth goal 10 minutes, 51 seconds into the period, with an assist from Sarah Erickson. Erickson got a goal of her own less than a minute later, scoring 10 seconds into a power play to put Minnesota ahead 7-1. Schoullis and Anne Schleper had assists on the goal.
With Minnesota's Stephanie Anderson and Bethany Brausen in the penalty box with four minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the game, North Dakota pulled its goalie to give the Sioux a six-on-three advantage. UND capitalized and scored a goal at 16:47. Andrea Dalen got the score, with assists from Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls.
Minnesota outshot the Sioux 39-24 in the game, while penalties were even at six apiece. The Gophers scored three power play goals in the game, while North Dakota had just one.
The Gophers are now 30-3 all-time against North Dakota. The Gophers are now 13-0 this season when scoring first.
Minnesota and North Dakota face off again tomorrow evening at 7:00.