Ohio State Edges Past North Dakota, 3-2
Senior forward Kendall Curtis and junior forward Claudia Kepler each post goal and assist for Buckeyes

Senior forward Kendall Curtis has goal and assist for Buckeyes
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 12:04  NDK1-0 EV Jordan Hampton (1)Samantha Hanson/4
2nd 11:56  OSU1-1 EV Claudia Kepler (5)Alexa Ranahan/5, Kendall Curtis/4
3rd 11:43  NDK2-1 EV Amy Menke (6)Becca Kohler/4, Tanja Eisenschmid/2
3rd 13:08  OSU2-2 EV Kendall Curtis (6)Claudia Kepler/3, Julianna Iafallo/5
3rd 14:03  OSU3-2 EV GW Madison Field (4)Katie Matheny/3, Lauren Boyle/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ohio State  0123
North Dakota  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ohio State  4121228
North Dakota  2091140
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ohio State (5-6-0)  0/0 1/2 0
North Dakota (6-3-2)  0/1 1/2 0
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Alex LaMere (W, 3-4-0)60:002 1991038
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 4-2-1)58:333 4111025
Empty Net1:270     

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A dominant first period first period that saw UND out-shoot Ohio State 20-4 wasn't enough, as the Buckeyes battled back to force a 3-2 upset over the No. 6-ranked North Dakota women's hockey team Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"We even talked after the first, that we had to keep that up, but you also have to bury your opportunities when you get a chance; you can't let them hang around, because when you do, stuff like what happens today, happens," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We gave them opportunities there that we shouldn't have."

North Dakota drops to 6-3-2 (4-3-2-1 WCHA), while the Buckeyes improve to 5-6-0 (3-6-0-0 WCHA) with the victory in game one of the series.

After being drastically outshot in the first period, Ohio State responded by outshooting UND, 12-9 in the second period and 12-11 in the third. Even with the strong first period of play, UND was only able to claim one goal on OSU goaltender Alex LaMere through 40 minutes of play.

UND took a 2-1 lead halfway through the third period, but Ohio State responded minutes later with two goal in a 55-second span to take the lead with under six minutes left to play; eventually holding on to claim the win.

"I don't think we managed the game at that point very well," Idalski said. "We weren't getting pucks deep, we knew we didn't have our best stuff, and we were kind of out of sorts; and some of that is credit to (Ohio State), but we just didn't execute down the stretch."

The two teams were locked in a 1-1 tie for much of the second half of the game, and it was UND's Amy Menke who finally broke the stalemate with 8:07 remaining in the third period. Becca Kohler found Menke streaking alone in front with a great centering feed, and she buried it past LaMere for a 2-1 North Dakota lead.

A little more than a minute later, the Buckeyes responded with a goal of their own to tie things up again at 2-2. Just 55 seconds later, Ohio State put another one past Shelby Amsley-Benzie to take a 3-2 lead.

UND pulled Amsley-Benzie in favor of an extra attacker with about a minute and a half left. With seven seconds left on the clock, North Dakota had a final chance to tie it after icing was called against the Buckeyes, but they held on after the faceoff to earn the win.

North Dakota got off to a commanding start in the game and Jordan Hampton gave UND the 1-0 edge with about 12 minutes gone by in that opening frame. Her first career goal with UND came on a shot from the point with Shannon Kaiser and Breanna Berndsen screening LaMere in front.

Unfortunately, despite the advantage in shots, UND could not build up a more than the one-goal lead. The Buckeyes tied it up just past the halfway mark of the second period, scoring off of a one-timer in the slot.

OSU goaltender was forced to make 38 saves by North Dakota's offense in the win. Amsley-Benzie finished the afternoon with 25 saves for UND.

Hampton's opening goal was her first in a North Dakota uniform. It was the first time she's scored since Jan. 4, 2013, during her freshman season with Northeastern.

With UND's second goal of the game, Menke is now tied for the team lead with six on the season, and remains the team scoring leader as well with 15 points so far this year.

The game was also the first in program history without a power play against for North Dakota.

UND will aim for the series split against the Buckeyes tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.