GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team earned a shootout win against Bemidji State on Friday night, after tying the Beavers 3-3. Bemidji State scrapped together a three-goal effort in the third period to force the tie.
"I thought that we played excellent and I talked with the team afterward; don't question the effort, don't question a lot of the execution," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We made a couple of mistakes, egregious, but just a couple mistakes and that's what play-off hockey is. If you're not taking care of the little things, if you're not attentive, those things will end your season and lose you hockey games, but we just have to learn a lesson and be smarter about how we're doing things."
North Dakota is now 15-5-3 (12-4-3-2 WCHA) and remains in third place in the WCHA standings with 41 points. Bemidji State is now 9-13-3 (6-11-2-1 WCHA) and is in fifth place in the WCHA standings with 21 points.
UND jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Josefine Jakobsen took a shot in the slot but it was blocked in front. Amy Menke was there at the left post and batted the loose puck past BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat.
UND extended its lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later when Lisa Marvin connected with sister Layla while on a two-on-one. Layla Marvin received the past and cut across Mowat and beat her high glove for the goal.
North Dakota stayed in control of the game through a scoreless second period, but the Beavers found a way to capitalize on some errors in the third.
Whitney Wivoda beat UND goalie Lexie Shaw on a breakaway to cut the lead to 2-1. With just over five minutes remaining, Bemidji State's Rachael Kelly tied it with a shot through traffic on a power play.
The BSU power-play goal ended North Dakota's streak of successfully killing off 18 straight penalties, with the last power-play goal scored against UND being on Dec. 14 by Minnesota State.
With the game knotted at two with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, North Dakota regained the lead off of a four-on-four goal scored by Jakobsen, who rifled a shot that beat Mowat short side. The goal was created after Menke out-worked a Bemidji player in the corner to regain possession of the puck before dishing it over to Jakobsen.
However, BSU answered back with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. Bemidji's Kaitlyn Tougas scored off of an offensive-zone faceoff with the extra attacker on the ice to make it a 3-3 game.
After playing a scoreless overtime, Becca Kohler gave UND the 1-0 shootout win after scoring in the fourth round.
Shaw finished with 16 saves and stopped all four shooters she faced in the shootout, while Mowat made 29 saves for the Beavers.
North Dakota finishes the series with Bemidji State tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. back at Ralph Engelstad Arena.