Nuutinen Sends North Dakota Past Minnesota State In Overtime, 4-3
Freshman Emma Nuutinen scores game-winner while senior Kayla Gardner has goal and assist for Fighting Hawks

Senior forward Kayla Gardner had a goal and an assist for Fighting Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:29  NDK1-0 EV Gracen Hirschy (2)Emma Nuutinen/1, Amy Menke/5
1st 18:23  MNS1-1 EV Megan Hinze (1) -
2nd 0:44  NDK2-1 EV Kayla Gardner (1)Rebekah Kolstad/1
2nd 9:48  MNS2-2 PP Megan Hinze (2)Corbin Boyd/2, Amanda Martin/1
2nd 17:13  NDK3-2 EV Vilma Tanskanen (1)Kayla Gardner/3
2nd 19:41  MNS3-3 EV Hannah Davidson (1)Savannah Quandt/1, Anna Keys/3
OT 3:36  NDK4-3 EV GW Emma Nuutinen (3)Ryleigh Houston/1, Jordan Hampton/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Minnesota State  12003
North Dakota  12014
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Minnesota State  687122
North Dakota  677323
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (2-4-0)  1/1 1/2 0
North Dakota (4-1-1)  0/1 1/2 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Kathryn Bidulka (L, 1-1-0)63:364 557219
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Lexie Shaw (W, 4-0-1)63:363 567119

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The No. 10 University of North Dakota women's hockey team survived an overtime scare to complete the weekend sweep against Minnesota State with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Finnish Olympian Emma Nuutinen made a big introduction to UND hockey fans at home this weekend, as the freshman posted a four-point weekend and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to secure the sweep over the Mavericks. Nuutinen scored two goals in the opening 6-0 win over MSU and followed up with an assist the game-winner in the series finale.

With the win, North Dakota improves to 4-1-1 (3-1-0-0 WCHA) on the season, while Minnesota State falls to 2-4-0 (0-4-0-0 WCHA).

After a 6-0 blow-out on Friday night, the Fighting Hawks faced a more determined Mavericks squad. North Dakota opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the first period, but each time UND scored to take a lead, Minnesota State answered back to equalize.

Senior defenseman Gracen Hirschy scored the first goal of the game, with assists going to Nuutinen and Amy Menke, but MSU's Megan Hinze scored an unassisted goal before the end of the period to erase UND's lead.

In the second period, both teams traded a pair of goals. Senior Kayla Gardner scored just 44 seconds into the period, but Hinze scored her second of the game on the power play at the 9:48 mark to make the game 2-2.

Later in the period, Gardner set up her linemate Vilma Tanskanen for her first goal of the season to give UND a 3-2 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the second period. Unfortunately, once again Minnesota State responded with a goal, this time off the stick of Hannah Davidson with 19 seconds remaining in the second period.

After trading three goals apiece through the first 40 minutes of play, both sides went scoreless in the third period and regulation ended with Minnesota State out-shooting North Dakota, 21-20.

However, it didn't take long for North Dakota to get rolling in the extra frame. Three minutes into overtime, the Fighting Hawks had some extended possession in the offensive zone. Freshman Ryleigh Houston won a battle down in the corner and dished the puck over to Nuutinen to the near side of the net. Nuutinen saw her opening on the short side and fired a shot over MSU goaltender Katie Bidulka's shoulder to end the game with 2:24 remaining in OT.

Senior goaltender Lexie Shaw made 19 saves in net for UND, conceding just two even-strength goals. She extends her unbeaten streak, having gone 5-0-1 in her last six games played.

North Dakota returns to Ralph Engelstad Arena next weekend to host Wisconsin, Oct. 22-23. Both games on Saturday and Sunday are scheduled for 2:07 p.m. (CT) starts.