|2nd||16:28||NDK||1-0||EV GW||Anna Kilponen||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rachel Dyck (L)||63:30||1||18||7||15||0||40|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Annie Chipman (W)||20:00||0||0||9||0||0||9|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team previewed the 2015-16 season with a 1-0 win over the University of Manitoba in exhibition action on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"I thought just what we knew, defensively we were pretty solid, goaltending was solid, and scoring and putting pucks in the net, it didn't look very sharp offensively; I thought we were a little too cute." head coach Brian Idalski said. "I thought overall, the young kids did a decent job. We got plenty of film, that's going to be good coming up for the next weekend."
Three different goaltenders saw time in net to work the shutout for UND. Freshman defenseman Anna Kilponen had the lone marker for North Dakota, scoring in the second period to put the team ahead.
UND got off to a hot start in the game, outshooting the Bisons 19-2 in the first period. North Dakota had a number of chances in the that period to get on the board, but Bisons' goaltender Rachel Dyck turned away all of them to keep the game scoreless.
One of the team's best chances came on a power-play opportunity, when Halli Krzyzaniak hit the crossbar with a shot. Defensive partner Gracen Hirschy also saw a shot go off the pipe a few minutes later, but the team couldn't bury any of its chances in the period.
At the start of the second period, Annie Chipman replaced Shelby Amsley-Benzie in net, and she had to come up big as Manitoba outshot UND in the frame, 9-8. But Chipman did her part to match Dyck and held the Bisons off the board.
UND finally broke through later on in that period on a mishap in front of the Bisons' net. Kilponen drove down to the goal and tried to fire a loose puck on net from the side of the crease. A Manitoba player tried to clear it out from midair, but knocked it into her own net instead.
Lexie Shaw took over in net for the third period to defend North Dakota's 1-0 advantage. She contributed to the shutout effort with three saves in the frame, helping UND secure the victory.
After regulation, the teams played a five-minute overtime period and a three-round shootout. Shaw remained in net for the overtime and finished the night with six saves. Rookie forward Rebekah Kolstad scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the team the 1-0 win there as well.
North Dakota went two-for-two on the penalty kill, including killing off one penalty in the overtime period. UND had two power-play chances in the first period but was held off from scoring on both opportunities.
UND opens the season next weekend with a road series against Rensselear Polytechnic Institute on Oct. 2-3 in Troy, N.Y.