|1st||3:56||NDK||1-0||PP||Halli Krzyzaniak (1)||Amy Menke/1, Gracen Hirschy/1|
|1st||15:54||NDK||2-0||PP GW||Ryleigh Houston (1)||Amy Menke/2, Gracen Hirschy/2|
|1st||17:51||NDK||3-0||EV||Gracen Hirschy (1)||-|
|3rd||18:24||MRC||1-3||PP EA||Sarah Hine (1)||Jillian Skinner/1, Paige Horton/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (1-0-0)||2/6||9/18||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||1||8||9||2||19|
|Sarah McDonnell (L, 0-1-0)||20:00||3||5||0||0||5|
ERIE, Pa. - The University of North Dakota women's hockey team used two power-play goals and eight penalty kills to open the 2016-17 season with a 3-1 win against Mercyhurst on Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The other big story line for the night was the return of UND's Lisa Marvin, who was forced off the ice for nearly two years after suffering injuries from a car accident in the fall of 2014. Marvin made an impact immediately, as she was on the ice for all three of UND's goals in the first period.
Marvin later was inches away from scoring her first goal of the season, ringing one off the crossbar in the third period, but unfortunately, the puck skipped up and over the glass behind the net.
The Fighting Hawks (1-0-0) wasted no time getting on the board. During the game's first power-play opportunity, Halli Krzyzaniak fired a wrist shot from the point that went through traffic and beat Mercyhurst goalie Sarah McDonnell up high to give UND the early lead.
UND then kept up its power-play perfection as freshman, and Winnipeg, Manitoba native, Ryleigh Houston scored her first collegiate goal on the man advantage at the 15:54 mark of the first period.
Senior defenseman Gracen Hirschy then joined in on the offensive blitz, dangling her way to an unassisted goal in the final minutes of the period.
The Lakers made a switch in net to start the second period and Jessica Convery would go on to make 17 saves to keep UND from further scoring in the game.
North Dakota was assessed a total of nine penalties in the game, and the Fighting Hawks kept a perfect record on the penalty kill through the first eight penalties. Unfortunately, the Lakers finally ruined the clean sheet on the ninth opportunity, with an extra attacker, in the final two minutes of the game.
Lexie Shaw earned the win for UND, making 19 saves, which included eight while on the penalty kill. Additionally, Shaw made nine saves in the second period alone.
North Dakota finishes the series with Mercyhurst tomorrow afternoon at noon (CT).