|1st||15:47||NDK||1-0||PP||Anna Kilponen (1)||Kayla Gardner/1, Jordan Hampton/1|
|3rd||15:48||MRC||1-1||EV GT||Sam Isbell (1)||Brooke Hartwick/1, Megan Whiddon/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (1-0-1)||1/6||6/12||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (T, 1-0-1)||65:00||1||8||6||12||0||26|
|Jessica Convery (T, 0-0-1)||65:00||1||5||8||8||2||23|
ERIE, Pa. -- The No. 6 University of North Dakota women's hockey team played to a 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst after a late goal by the Lakers forced the draw on Saturday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The Fighting Hawks (1-0-1) scored first on the power play to take an early lead before the first period came to a close. Unfortunately, Mercyhurst (0-1-1) tied the game up in the last five minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.
Senior goaltender Lexie Shaw had a tremendous night in net, as her 26 saves helped her and UND remain undefeated to start the new season. Of the 26 saves, five came on the penalty kill as Shaw and the UND PK-unit went a perfect 6-for-6 in the game.
In addition to the shorthanded performance, North Dakota's defense blocked a total of 19 shots, led by five from Halli Krzyzaniak and four by Amy Menke.
The lone goal of the game for the Fighting Hawks came off the stick of sophomore Anna Kilponen while on the power play at the end of the first period. The goal was the first for the All-WCHA Rookie Team selection, as Kilponen recorded nine points her freshman season, all from assists.
Kilponen's goal mirrored that of d-partner Krzyzaniak's power play goal from the night before, a strong wrist shot from the point that went through traffic and beat the Mercyhurst goaltender for the first score of the night. The goal was UND's third power-play goal against the Lakers, as the Fighting Hawks went 3-for-12 (.250) with the man advantage over the weekend.
After the UND goal, the two teams entered into a stalemate with neither side gaining a clear advantage. North Dakota's PK-unit really shined in the second period when it successfully killed off a five-on-three power play during the middle of the frame.
Unfortunately, the Fighting Hawks were unable to keep the Lakers off the scoreboard for the entirety of the game, as Mercyhurst scored the game-tying goal at the 15:48 mark of the third period. The Lakers' Brook Hartwick circled behind the net before dishing the puck off to Sam Isbell in front for the backdoor goal.
In the overtime period, North Dakota out-shot Mercyhurst 2-0, but was unable to find the back of the net to complete the weekend sweep.
UND returns to action next weekend, Oct. 7-8, starting conference action on the road against St. Cloud State.