Women’s hockey sweeps New Hampshire

Amanda Kessel had another big night in the Gophers’ win.

Drew Claussen

The Gophers womenâÄôs hockey team was able to keep the ball rolling Saturday.

Minnesota (12-2-0, 8-2-0 WCHA) picked up right where it left off Friday, scoring early and often enroot to a 6-1 victory and series sweep over New Hampshire.

After scoring four goals in last nightâÄôs contest, Amanda Kessel broke a scoreless tie three minutes into the game. Kessel added two more goals later in the game and raised her season total to 17.

Senior Jen Schoullis made it 2-0 just two minutes later. With about five minutes left the Gophers caught the Wildcats on a line change and Megan Bozek took a one-time pass from Schoullis and put it into the open side of the net.

Before the second period UNH changed goaltenders from Jenn Gilligan to Moe Bradley.

The offensive fireworks died down for the first three quarters of the second period until UNHâÄôs Maggie Hunt scored a power play goal when she put a shot from the point past Noora Raty.

The Gophers extended their lead again three minutes later when Mira Jalosuo scored her second goal of the season.

Kessel scored her second goal of the contest at the 18:29 mark of the second period.

Minnesota assaulted the slot during the first two periods of play and scored all five goals near the crease.

Schoullis, who had five points in the first two periods, eclipsed her previous personal record of four set during her freshman season in 2009. She added another assist in the third period and was involved on every goal Minnesota scored in the game, tallying one goal and five assists.

Kessel completed the hat trick âÄì her second in as many games âÄì early in the third period by positioning herself back door and housing a misdirected shot.