No. 7 Minnesota Downs No. 9 Women’s Hockey, 3-0, to Open Two-Game Series

Harvard dropped its first non-conference game of the season against Minnesota (Gil Talbot).

The Minnesota Golden Gophers managed a goal in each period of play as the No. 9 Harvard women's hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday night at Ridder Arena. The Crimson picks up its first non-conference loss of the season, moving its record to 4-3-2 on the season while Minnesota improves to 9-5-0 on the year.   

Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the better part of the first period, despite Harvard holding an 11-4 edge in shots through the opening stanza. A Crimson penalty put the Gophers on a power-play in the 16th minute and the hosts broke through for a 1-0 advantage after one. Amanda Kessel and Becky Kortum picked up assists as Mira Jalosuo potted a power-play goal at 15:56.

The Gophers didn't wait long to pad their lead, registering their second power-play goal of the night just 1:33 into the second stanza. Jen Schoullis converted passes from Megan Bozek and Kelly Seeler to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead early in the second. The hosts went on to hold Harvard to just four shots in the stanza while firing 14 on Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy.

Schoullis struck again early in the third, driving home a Sarah Erickson pass to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at the 3:21 mark. Harvard was unable to find the back of the net through the rest of the third and Minnesota sealed the 3-0 shutout. Bellamy finished with 23 saves on the night while Jenny Lura (10 saves) and Noora Raty (12 saves) stopped all the shots they faced in the game.

The Crimson finishes the two-game series with the Gophers Sunday in a 2 p.m. game.