No. 9 Women’s Hockey Overpowered by No. 2 Minnesota, 7-3

Gina McDonald got Harvard on the board Sunday against Minnesota (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Women's Hockey vs. No. 2 Minnesota Nov. 27, 2011

The tone of the game was set early as the two teams combined for four goals in the first five minutes as the Harvard women's hockey team (5-4-0, 5-2-0 ECAC) dropped a 7-3 decision to No. 2 Minnesota (14-2-0, 8-2-0 WCHA) Sunday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center.

Minnesota opened the scoring 1:46 into the first period with a goal from Rachael Bona with assists from Meghan Lorence and Emily West. The Golden Gophers continued the offensive pressure, netting their second goal less than a minute later as Kelly Terry beat Laura Bellamy to make the score 2-0.

Harvard didn't wait long to respond, as Jillian Dempsey centered a pass to Gina McDonald who blasted a one-timer past Noora Raty two minutes later, making the score 2-1. Minnesota got back on the score sheet on the power play as Kelly Terry scored her second of the game with assists from Sarah Davis and Rachel Ramsey. Terry struck again at the 13:25 mark of the first with assists from Mira Jalosuo and West putting the score to 4-1. The Crimson broke through again late in the opening period on the power play as Dempsey buried a shot in a wide open net off a Josephine Pucci centering pass.

In the second, Minnesota added to its lead on a goal from Jen Schoullis with assists from Amanda Kessel and Sarah Erickson making it 5-2. Harvard cut into the lead once again scoring its second power play goal of the game as Sarah Edney took a pass from Marissa Gedman and beat Raty below the faceoff circle cutting the deficit to 5-3.

Minnesota would add two more goals in the third period with goals from Ramsey and West, sealing the 7-3 victory for the visiting Golden Gophers.

Harvard was outshot 25-18 during the contest with Bellamy logging 18 saves to Raty's 15. Pucci, Gedman and Dempsey recorded two points each in the loss while Minnesota's Kelly Terry netted a hat trick in the first period.  

Harvard is back in action Wednesday in its second midweek matchup in a seven day span. The Crimson will look to exact revenge against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., in a 7 p.m. showdown.