|1st||7:32||MND||1-0||EV||Lara Stalder (8)||Ashleigh Brykaliuk/7|
|1st||8:06||MND||2-0||EV GW||Kateřina Mrázová (5)||Lara Stalder/8, Ashleigh Brykaliuk/8|
|3rd||10:06||NDK||1-2||EV||Halli Krzyzaniak (2)||Amy Menke/8, Ryleigh Houston/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (7-2-2)||0/2||1/2||0|
|North Dakota (6-4-1)||0/1||2/4||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (W, 7-2-2)||60:00||1||8||7||9||24|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (L, 6-3-1)||58:34||2||5||7||7||19|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One or two bounces can win or lose a game, and unfortunately for the No. 9 North Dakota women's hockey team, Minnesota Duluth took advantage of two UND miscues in the first period to hand the Fighting Hawks a 2-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The No. 3 Bulldogs scored both of their goals within the span of 34 seconds in the first period on back-to-back defensive mistakes by North Dakota. After conceding the two goals, North Dakota used its timeout and began to look more comfortable throughout the contest.
North Dakota had ample opportunities in the first two periods to get on the board, including an open-net look for freshman Emma Nuutinen. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to get the shot off on the back-door play as a Bulldogs' defenseman tied up her stick. Amy Menke also had a shot that grazed off UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney, but the post made the second save behind Rooney.
Despite the stubborn Minnesota Duluth defense, North Dakota finally got on the board in halfway through the third period.
Ryleigh Houston won a board battle at center ice to get the puck to Menke for an offensive-zone entry. Menke fired a shot that went off Rooney and into the near corner. Menke got to her rebound and slapped it over to Halli Krzyzaniak behind the net. Krzyzaniak circled out to the top of the zone and fired a shot that beat Rooney over her glove for her second goal of the season.
North Dakota piled on the pressured in the waning minutes of the contest, and a Minnesota Duluth penalty in the final minute of play gave optimism for a Fighting Hawks rally. With an empty net, UND went to work with a six-on-four. Unfortunately, UND was unable to find the equalizing goal and the Bulldogs walked away with the 2-1 win.
The two teams entered the series as the top-two teams in the WCHA in penalty minutes per game, but special teams' play was held to a minimum. UND was assessed two penalties in the game, and successfully killed off both, while Minnesota Duluth was only assessed the one penalty in the final minute of play.
Lexie Shaw backstopped the Fighting Hawks and made 19 saves in contest. On the other end of the ice Rooney finished with 24 saves.
North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth return tomorrow afternoon to finish off the two-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. (CT).