North Dakota Tops Wisconsin in Shootout, 1-0, After 3-3 Tie
Junior forward Becca Kohler scores decisive shootout goal

Junior forward Becca Kohler scored the decisive shootout goal for North Dakota
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 10:17  WIS1-0 EV Sarah Nurse (5)Katy Josephs/4
1st 18:34  WIS2-0 EV Katy Josephs (5)Sydney McKibbon/6, Sarah Nurse/4
2nd 0:58  NDK1-2 EV Gracen Hirschy (2)Andrea Dalen/3, Jordan Hampton/2
2nd 2:12  NDK2-2 EV Andrea Dalen (3) -
3rd 3:19  NDK3-2 EV Becca Kohler (5)Meghan Dufault/6, Johanna Fällman/1
3rd 19:20  WIS3-3 EV EA GT Brittany Ammerman (7)Annie Pankowski/11, Sydney McKibbon/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Wisconsin  20103
North Dakota  02103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Wisconsin  101115440
North Dakota  485421
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Wisconsin (8-2-1)  0/2 2/4 0
North Dakota (4-4-1)  0/2 2/4 0
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Ann-Renée Desbiens (T, 6-2-1)64:063 464418
Empty Net0:540      
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (T, 3-2-1)64:583 81114437
Empty Net0:020      

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team played Wisconsin to a 3-3 tie on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Junior forward Becca Kohler scored the decisive goal to lift UND to the 1-0 win in the shootout.

"I thought in the first few minutes we played fairly well and had good energy; but that quickly went away and we fell behind 2-0," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We went into the locker room and said listen, our energy is bad, we're standing around; let's just go play. We're just going to go play and not worry about systematic things, we're just going to go play hockey; move our feet and be aggressive. And that's what we did and I thought our kids responded pretty well."

North Dakota overcame a 2-0 deficit to earn the tie against the No. 2 Badgers; and with the shootout win, UND gained the extra point toward the WCHA standings. UND now stands at 4-4-1 (3-3-1-1 WCHA) and remains in third place in the WCHA, while the Badgers remain first in the conference with a 8-2-1 (6-2-1-0 WCHA) record.

Sarah Nurse gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead just over halfway through the first period. The Badgers extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal 26 seconds before the period ended.

UND got off to a much better start in the second period, thanks to a goal from Gracen Hirschy 58 seconds into the frame. Andrea Dalen found Hirschy in front on a centering try and Hirschy one-timed it past Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens to get North Dakota on the board.

Dalen tied it up for UND just 1:04 later. Playing the puck from below the goal line, she again tried to center it, but the puck instead deflected off of Desbiens into the back of the net. North Dakota kept the pressure going the rest of the period and the game remained tied at two apiece heading into the final 20 minutes.

UND picked up where it left off in the third period and finally pulled ahead of the Badgers a little more than three minutes in. Meghan Dufault fed Kohler on a two-on-two and Kohler broke in alone and snapped it past Desbiens, high glove, to take the 3-2 lead.

North Dakota could not hold off some late pressure from Wisconsin, who knotted things up with an extra attacker just 40 seconds before the end of regulation.

After neither team scored in the five-minute overtime period, the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Kohler scored the lone goal in the shootout to give UND the extra point in the WCHA standings.

North Dakota goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie continued her outstanding play. She made 37 saves in the contest, including 14 in the third period, and stopped all three shooters she faced in the shootout.

The two teams will conclude the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.