|1st||6:18||NDK||1-0||EV||Emma Nuutinen (6)||Jordan Hampton/4, Hallie Theodosopoulos/1|
|1st||8:12||MIN||1-1||PP||Megan Wolfe (3)||Sarah Potomak/14, Lee Stecklein/7|
|2nd||8:30||NDK||2-1||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos (2)||Ryleigh Houston/7|
|3rd||2:38||MIN||2-2||EV GT||Sarah Potomak (11)||Kelly Pannek/20|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (6-4-4)||0/4||3/6||0|
|Sidney Peters (T, 11-1-2)||65:00||2||7||7||9||5||28|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (T, 6-3-4)||65:00||2||13||7||7||1||28|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - For just the second time in program history, the UND women's hockey team held Minnesota winless over a weekend series, as the two teams skated to second-straight 2-2 tie at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night.
With two ties on the weekend, it was the first time in six years that UND kept Minnesota without a win; the last time being Nov. 15-16, 2010 when UND won its first ever pair of games against the Gophers.
Head coach Brian Idalski was pleased with his team's performance in the first game of the weekend, as the Fighting Hawks carried a 2-1 lead into the third period before being forced for a 2-2 tie, and he wanted a repeat performance to finish off the weekend. However, what transpired was a near carbon copy; UND carried a 2-1 lead into the third period again, before Minnesota rallied back to force a 2-2 tie.
Like the night before, North Dakota scored the first goal of the game within the opening seven minutes. This time freshman Emma Nuutinen got on the scoresheet, redirecting a shot from the point by Jordan Hampton.
However, Minnesota responded to tie the game just two minutes later on the first power play of the game. The Gophers' power-play goal would be their own special teams' goal of the weekend, as UND was able to go 8-for-9 on the penalty kill in the two games.
In the second period, another freshman would score for UND. After a Gopher turnover in the neutral zone, Hallie Theodosopoulos received the puck along the left wing in the offensive zone. She fired a shot from the left circle that beat Minnesota goalie Sidney Peters short-side to put UND up 2-1.
North Dakota ended up out-shooting Minnesota 8-7 in the second period and carried the 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Unfortunately, Minnesota's top forward line, which has accounted for nearly 60-percent of all its offense this season, came through again for the Gophers. Sarah Potomak scored within the first three minutes of the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
The Fighting Hawks again out-shot the Gophers by one in the period with an 9-8 advantage, but by the end of regulation the game reminded deadlocked at 2-2.
In overtime it was all North Dakota, as UND out-shot Minnesota 5-1, but again, North Dakota was unable to get anything past Peters and was forced to settle for the draw.
In the shootout, Halli Krzyzaniak shot first and scored on Peters, but the Gophers ended up winning the shootout 2-1 in three rounds.
The Fighting Hawks are now 6-4-4 (5-4-3-1 WCHA) on the season and sit in fourth place within the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota holds a 11-1-2 (9-1-2-2 WCHA) record and continues to sit in second place.
UND returns to Ralph Engelstad Arena over the Thanksgiving weekend, hosting Syracuse on Nov. 25-26. Both games are slated for 2:07 p.m. (CT) starts.