|1st||6:19||REN||1-0||PP||Alexa Gruschow (1)||Lauren Wash/1, Jenn Godin/1|
|1st||12:02||REN||2-0||EV||Laura Horwood (1)||Alexa Gruschow/1, Whitney Renn/1|
|1st||12:56||NDK||1-2||EV||Sam LaShomb (1)||Kayla Gardner/1, Amy Menke/1|
|2nd||1:57||NDK||2-2||EV||Halli Krzyzaniak (1)||Vilma Tanskanen/1|
|2nd||8:09||NDK||3-2||EV||Halli Krzyzaniak (2)||Amy Menke/2, Gracen Hirschy/1|
|3rd||9:30||REN||3-3||EV||Josefine Hansen (1)||Laura Horwood/1, Alexa Gruschow/2|
|3rd||18:01||NDK||4-3||EV GW||Becca Kohler (1)||Sam LaShomb/1, Vilma Tanskanen/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (1-0-0)||0/3||5/10||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||3||2||3||6||11|
|Lovisa Selander (L, 0-1-0)||59:00||4||7||15||12||34|
TROY, N.Y. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team picked up an exciting 4-3 win against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the road on Friday night at Houston Field House to begin its 2015-16 campaign.
Halli Krzyzaniak led the way with a career-high two goals on the night, while both Amy Menke and Vilma Tanskanen recorded two assists each.
"I thought some of the adversary, being on the road and traveling, we responded pretty well and did some good things," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Obviously it's not perfect, it's not going to be this year, but I thought overall it was a pretty good character win for us."
It wasn't the start UND was looking for as RPI drew first blood and capitalized on the early-season form to take a two-goal lead halfway through the first period. However just 54 seconds after RPI's second goal, senior Sam LaShomb led the charge to get UND back in the game by driving to the net and one-timing a pass from Kayla Gardner into the back of the net.
North Dakota carried about a minute and a half of power-play time into the second period, searching for the tying goal. The Engineers killed it off, but Krzyzaniak scored the first of her two goals less than two minutes into the period. The junior defender wired a shot from the blue line beating RPI tender Lovisa Selander five-hole to tie the game at 2-2.
Before the halfway mark of the frame, Krzyzaniak would pick up her second goal, pouncing on a loose puck in the slot and firing it past Selander to give UND its first lead of the game. That marks the first two-goal game of her career.
After finding itself in a hole to start, North Dakota found a way to turn things around in the second period. The team outshot RPI, 17-3, in a much stronger offensive performance from the group.
North Dakota had another scare halfway through the third period, as RPI found an equalizer during a stretch of 4-on-4 play. UND responded with two big efforts on the penalty kill shortly after to keep things tied up.
With time winding down in regulation, North Dakota assistant captain Becca Kohler notched the team's fourth goal of the night to break the tie. LaShomb made a good play at the point to step around an RPI skater and walked it towards the goal before throwing it on net. Kohler was there to knock in the rebound with 1:59 remaining in the third.
That was all UND would need to secure the 4-3 victory and start off the year 1-0-0. The win was the first for North Dakota at Houston Field House.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie earned the win in net, making 11 saves. Selander made 34 saves at the other end.
Along with Krzyzaniak, three other players posted multi-point games for North Dakota. LaShomb finished the night with a goal and an assist, and freshman Vilma Tanskanen debuted with two assists. Junior Amy Menke collected two assists of her own.
North Dakota closes out the road series with RPI tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT) at Houston Field House.