Senior forward Jen Schoullis scores two goals and two assists for Golden Gophers

Jen Schoullis scored two goals and two assists for the Golden Gophers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The Minnesota Golden Gophers put a damper on North Dakota's hopes for a solid rival match defeating the Sioux 7-2 and handing them their first home loss this season.

The talk coming into the game was the blooming rivalry of the Sioux and Gophers after UND took 3-of-4 meetings last season. The Gophers came into the game with a lot of talk from their side of the rink thinking they shot themselves in the foot last year and motivated for the rematches this season.

In the first meeting between the two teams as a top-5 clash, the Gophers proved when it rains it pours as there was not a lot of bright spots for the Sioux.

For the second straight game the Sioux fell into a big hole early in the contest. After allowing three goals in the first 10 minutes last Saturday at Bemidji State, it had to feel like dj vu with another flat start as Sarah Erickson gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game only 22 seconds into the contest.

Sarah Davis and Jen Schoullis would add goals for the Gophers in the opening frame who took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

After also falling behind 3-0 after the first period of play in their previous loss last Saturday, the Sioux were able to make it a contest although falling short in the comeback attempt. Tonight the Gophers gave the Sioux little hope going on to outshoot the home team 39-24.

The Fighting Sioux opened the second stanza much sharper creating some offensive pressure along with killing two penalties to gain some momentum, but Amanda Kessel would score the only goal late in the period to recapture all of the momentum.

Another UND penalty allowed the Gophers to open a 5-0 lead early in the third period as Mira Jalosuo found the back of the net on 3:44 into the period.

The crowd of 2,484 got little to cheer about with the hot start for the Gophers, but finally got to stand and cheer when first-year sophomore Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) made a great individual effort to pokecheck the puck past a Gopher defenseman, find Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) who was trailing into the slot, and deflect the return pass into the net.

Karvinen's goal broke the shutout attempt by fellow Finnish Olympian Noora Raty who concluded the game with 22 saves.

A relentless Gophers squad answered back with a pair of goals as both Schoullis and Erickson registered their second of the night at 10:51 and and 11:45, respectively.

UND concluded the game's scoring taking advantage of a pair of Minnesota penalties with goaltender Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) on the bench for the extra attacker for a 6-on-3 advantage.

Freshman Andrea Dalen (Honefoss, Norway) scored her fifth of the season as Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls collected the assists. In bitter-sweet fashion, the assist recorded for Lamoureux registered as her 100th career point as a member of the Fighting Sioux coming against her former team.

The Gophers held Lamoureux and Lamoureux-Kolls without a goal in the game which was only the third time they have been collectively stopped from finding the back of the net all season and first time at home.

If the Sioux can take one bright spot from tonight it is that they get another shot at them tomorrow as the Sioux will look to earn a series split at the Ralph Engelstad Arena at 7:07 p.m.