The No. 7 University of Minnesota women's hockey team had scoring from four different individuals as it defeated and swept No. 9 Harvard, today at Ridder Arena. The Golden Gophers, who won Friday's game, 3-0, improve to 10-5-0 overall, while Harvard dropped its fourth game of the season and sit at 4-4-2.
The Golden Gophers went up, 2-0 after the first period of play. Kelly Seeler scored her third goal of the season at the 14:25 mark of the first period when she fired a shot from the right point. The play started with Kelly Terry scrambling for the puck off the boards and found Sarah Davis at the high slot. She passed the puck to Kelly Seeler for the goal. Sarah Erickson added to the Minnesota lead when she scored a power-play goal at 18:01 in the first. Jen Schoullis started the play along the boards and pass it to Seeler. She found Erickson at the bottom of the left circle and served up a cross-ice pass to assist Erickson to her seventh goal of the season.
Minnesota added another two when Mira Jalosuo scored her second power-play goal of the weekend at 8:15 in the second. Sarah Davis and Anne Schleper added the power-play assists. Bethany Brausen netted her first goal as a Golden Gopher at 12:44 in the second. Terra Rasmussen and Brausen created a two-on-one opportunity. As Brausen was crashing the net, the puck went off her skate and just inside the far post for her first career goal. Becky Kortum started the play and was credited with the second assist. With the fourth goal, it knocked out Harvard starting goalie Lauren Joarnt out of the game as she was replaced with Laura Bellamy.
Harvard cut the Gopher lead to three when Kate Buesser scored a power-play goal at 17:58 in the third period. She came up with the puck in front of the net after multiple rebound attempts, while Katharine Chute and Leanna Coskren added the assists. Harvard rattled off 19 shots on goal in the second period, alone, with Gopher starting goaltender Noora Raty stopping 18 of them.
Buesser added her second goal of the game at 17:51 when she scored on her own rebound. The assists were credited to Ali Baumgartner and Josephine Pucci. It was the only scoring during the third period. Harvard outshot the Gophers, 8-4 in the period.
Minnesota capitalized four goals on just 18 shots. Harvard had 37 shots on goal and scored twice, one of which was on the power play. The Gophers were 2-for-6 with the extra player, while Harvard was 1-for-7. The three stars of the game was Seeler (goal and an assist), Raty (35 saves) and Davis (two assists).
Minnesota returns to Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend when it travels to Bemidji State, Dec. 3-4. Both games will be played at the newly-constructed Bemidji Regional Event Center at 2:07 p.m.