|1st||6:30||NDK||1-0||PP||Gracen Hirschy (3)||Amy Menke/9, Ryleigh Houston/6|
|1st||8:45||NDK||2-0||EV||Vilma Tanskanen (2)||Gracen Hirschy/4, Rebekah Kolstad/3|
|2nd||4:33||MIN||1-2||EV||Dani Cameranesi (13)||Kelly Pannek/18|
|3rd||10:31||MIN||2-2||EV GT||Dani Cameranesi (14)||Kelly Pannek/19, Sarah Potomak/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (6-4-3)||1/4||6/12||0|
|Sidney Peters (T, 11-1-1)||64:52||2||4||6||6||1||17|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (T, 6-3-3)||65:00||2||7||11||12||2||32|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Despite taking a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes, the No. 9 UND women's hockey team was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw after the No. 2 Minnesota Gophers rallied from behind to score one goal in both the second and third periods.
Neither team was able to score in the overtime period, and the Gophers went on to win the shootout, 1-0 in four rounds, for the extra point toward the standings in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. North Dakota now sits at 6-4-3 (5-4-2-1 WCHA) on the season, while Minnesota holds a (11-1-1, 9-1-1-1 WCHA) record.
The tie game is just the second in the all-time series between the two clubs, and the first at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Senior goaltender Lexie Shaw was stellar in net, making 32 saves on the night, including nine while shorthanded to keep the Gophers' offense to a minimum. She played a major role in keeping the nation's second-best power play scoreless in all six chances it had during the contest.
North Dakota started the contest by getting the Gophers on their heels. On the first power play of the game, the Fighting Hawks crashed the net after an Amy Menke shot created a scramble in front. Gracen Hirschy got the loose puck and fired it under Minnesota goaltender Sidney Peters to put UND on top just 6:30 into the game.
UND scored again a little more than two minutes later off another hard drive to the front of the net. This time Hirschy carried the puck into the slot and a half-deflected shot made its way to Vilma Tanskanen who then redirected the puck past Peters for the two-goal lead.
After the first period, the Gophers only held a slight advantage in shots, 7-6, but Minnesota's offense generated more chances in the second and third periods. Minnesota went on to out-shoot UND 12-6 in the second and 13-6 in the third.
Dani Cameranesi scored both goals for the Gophers, scoring at the 4:33 mark of the second period and at the 10:31 mark of the third, to even the sides at two goals apiece. Minnesota had three power-play chances in the third period alone, but was unable to convert for a go-ahead goal.
Neither side generated much offense in the five-minute overtime, as the Gophers out-shot UND, 2-1.
In the shootout, no one was able to score in the first three rounds, and Minnesota's Lee Stecklein eventually scored in the fourth round to give Minnesota the shootout victory.
The two teams return to the ice at Ralph Engelstad Arena tomorrow afternoon to finish off the weekend series. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. (CT).