After St. Cloud State pulled off a massive upset on Friday night, the University of Minnesota Duluth returned to AMSOIL Arena early on Saturday determined to get a better result. The Bulldogs didn't come away with a victory, but thoroughly controlled the play before St. Cloud State jammed home the equalizer with under 30 seconds to go, forcing an eventual 1-1 overtime tie.
As was the case in the series opener, neither team found a way to bury in the opening frame. UMD generated plenty of chances - and fired 12 shots on goal - through the first 20 minutes, but was thwarted each time by Husky goaltender Katie Fitzgerald.
UMD (4-4-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the WCHA) used a power-play to grab a 1-0 lead 3:55 into the second on junior winger Jenna McParland's team-leading sixth marker of the season. The Bulldogs continued to maintain solid control in the offensive zone and limited St. Cloud State's chances, but could not stretch the lead any further before the final minute of regulation. With Fitzgerald lifted for an extra attacker, the Huskies held a clearing attempt in at the offensive blueline, then fired a point shot on goal. Sophomore goaltender Kayla Black made the initial stop (for one of her 22 saves on the night) before St. Cloud State's Julia Gilbert got a stick on the rebound to tie it up with 22 seconds remaing and force a five-minute extra session.
Once overtime proved inconclusive, UMD went on to gain an extra point in the league standings behind a 2-0 shootout win. Junior Megan Huertas roofed a backhander in the first round and Black denied both attempts she faced, setting McParland up to end the tiebreaker on a nifty back-handed move of her own.
The Bulldogs finished with 40 shots on goal and made good on one of three opportunities with the extra skater. St. Cloud State came up broke on its two power plays, bumping UMD's 10th-ranked penalty kill efficiency to 89.1 percent on the season.
Following a week off, the Bulldogs will return to action with a two-game set at Ohio State University Nov. 15-16.