|March 01, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||11:42||UND||Samantha Hanson (Becca Kohler , Andrea Dalen)|
|1||12:40||BSU||Wivoda, Whitney (Ehlert, Alex , Moher, Hanna)|
|2||12:02||BSU||Miller, Lauren (Dusik, Tess , Wivoda, Whitney)|
|3||13:45||UND||Halli Krzyzaniak (Andrea Dalen , Gracen Hirschy)|
|4||09:47||UND||Meghan Dufault (Josefine Jakobsen , Sam LaShomb)|
|Shots on Goal||26||36|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Englestad Arena) – The University of North Dakota defeated the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team, 3-2 in overtime to win the best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series Saturday evening at Ralph Englestad Arena.
Bemidji State led North Dakota for 21:43 minutes of the game. UND would end the extra frame with a 3-2 victory after Megan Dufault scored at the 9:47 mark of overtime to take the best-of-three series 2-0 and end the Beavers 2013-14 season.
North Dakota would strike first at the 11:42 mark as Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) was screened by multiple players and UND’s Samantha Hanson snuck it past the BSU goaltender for her second of the season.
BSU would answer with a goal of its own 58 seconds later as Whitney Wivoda (F, R-So., Fairbanks, Alaska) redirected a shot from Alex Ehlert (D, Sr., Portage, Wis.) to tie the game, 1-1. Sophomore Hanna Moher (F, So., Milton, Ontario) was also credited with an assist on the lamplighter.
The scoreboard did not change until the 12:02 mark of the second frame as North Dakota was called for a holding call at 11:16 forcing a Bemidji State power-play chance. Freshman Lauren Miller (F, Fr., Brockville, Ontario) redirected a shot by Tess Dusik (F, Sr., Oak Bluff, Manitoba) and it once again got past the North Dakota goaltender. The referees reviewed the play and the ruling of goal was upheld to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
UND came out of the second intermission with a renewed sense of urgency. Mowat was peppered with 15 shots in the third period alone. North Dakota finally got one past Mowat with 6:15 remaining in the third period to tie the game 2-2. The score would remain tied for the remainder of regulation to force a 20-minute overtime period.
Unfortunately, North Dakota’s Megan Dufault lit the lamp 9:47 into overtime to end the Beavers’ season, 3-2. With the victory, North Dakota advances to the 2014 WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
The loss brings the Beavers’ season to a close. BSU finished 2013-14 with an 11-21-4 record overall and was 7-17-3 in WCHA play to finish sixth in the league standings.
Saturday night also served as the final game in the green and white for a BSU senior class is made up of: Emily McKnight (F, Carman, Manitoba), Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, MInn.), Tess Dusik (F, Oak Bluf, Manitoba), Danielle Williams (D, Waconia, MInn.), Alex Ehlert (D, Portage, Wis.) and Allie Duellman (D, Maplewood, Minn.). This year’s group of seniors was apart of 48 victories over four years, which is the second-most in program history (49).
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).