Late Goal Gives UND Women 1-1 Tie at Bemidji St.Sioux Play Third OT Game in Last Four
By: Derek Koenen, UND
BEMIDJI, Minn. --- The UND women's hockey team battled with an extremely short lineup to a 1-1 tie with Bemidji State at the Sanford Center this afternoon to conclude the two-game series.
With Stephanie Roy (Grande Digue, New Brunswick) out with an injury and the loss of sophomore captains Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) to the Four Nations Cup, junior Stephanie Ney recorded 34 saves and junior Kelsey Ketcher (Mound, Minn.) converted on a key power play in the third period to lead the Sioux to the tie.
Playing in its third overtime game in four games, the Sioux are now 6-4-2 and 5-3-2-0 in league play while the Beavers improve to 6-5-1 (4-3-1-1 WCHA).
For the second consecutive night the Beavers jumped out to a first period lead when Sadie Lundquist scored at the 14:59 mark. Ney made the initial save off a shot by Erin Cody but the rebound bounced right to Lundquist's stick who was waiting for her fifth of the season.
The goal again came from BSU's top line who have now scored 20-of-23 goals this year for the Beavers.
Alana McElhinney wasn't tested a lot but made 18-of-19 save opportunities and stopped all three UND shootout attempts. Sadie Lundquist was able to cash in on BSU's first shot of the shootout and it proved to be enough as the Beavers would hold on for the 1-0 win in three rounds.
The struggles continue for the Sioux in WCHA shootouts as they are now 0-for-7 in program history including 0-for-2 this year having yet scored (0-for-5).
The Sioux did gain one valuable conference point though which in a season that looks like it will be tightly contested throughout.
Ketcher's power-play goal in the third period snapped a 0-for-17 streak for the Sioux dating back to Oct. 23 at Minnesota State. Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) and Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) assisted on the goal. Wiebe also led the team with five shots on goal.
Ney ranks in the top-five in the country in both save percentage (.946) and goals against average (1.36) and remains unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-2 record.
The Sioux return to action at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Nov. 19-20 hosting St. Cloud State University (0-11-0, 0-8-0 WCHA).