|February 08, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||05:05||UND||Shannon Kaiser (Mary Loken , Ashley Furia)|
|1||06:50||UND||Meghan Dufault (Michelle Karvinen , Jocelyne Lamoureux)|
|1||11:41||BSU||Emily Erickson (Abby Williams , Sadie Lundquist)|
|1||12:02||UND||Becca Kohler (Mary Loken , Allison Parizek)|
|1||15:59||BSU||Natasha Kostenko (Sadie Lundquist , Alex Ehlert)|
|2||06:22||BSU||Jenessa Philipczyk (Megan Lushanko , Kayleigh Chapman)|
|Shots on Goal||26||30|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team rallied to tie the score and force overtime after trailing 3-1, but fell 4-3 in the extra session Friday night against No. 9 University of North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) contest at Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND forward Allison Parizek ended the game with 1:02 to play on a snapshot from the left circle minutes after BSU killed the final 1:41 of a power play that carried over after the third period.
The loss drops the Beavers to 6-19-2 with a 5-17-1-0 ledger in WCHA play. They are now 0-5-3 in overtime decisions since their last overtime win which came on Oct. 11, 2011, including an 0-3-2 mark this season.
Facing a North Dakota squad that was without four lineup regulars who are competing for their spots on their respective national teams in the 2014 Winter Olympics, BSU got off to a slow start and didn’t record a shot on goal until 11 minutes into the game. The home team, on the other hand, jumped out to the early lead.
On a power play that began 3:32 into regulation, forward Shannon Kaiser potted her second goal of the season, one-timing a Mary Loken feed on the backhand from the side of the crease. UND doubled its lead with another power-play tally 1:45 later when Meghan Dufault slammed one home from the side of the goalmouth to make it 2-0.
The Beavers cut into the lead on an Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) wrister from a sharp angle that snuck inside the near post, but North Dakota answered just 21 seconds later when Becca Kohler notched her second goal of the season on another shot from just outside the blue paint.
Before the offense-filled period ended, Bemidji State again cut its deficit to one when Natasha Kostenko (So., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) buried a Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) rebound at the tail-end of a two-on-one rush. Kostenko has now found the back of the net in three games in a row and has a point in 10 of her last 12 games. The goal was her BSU-best 10th of the 2012-13 campaign.
UND leading-scorer Jocelyn Lamoureux rang a snapshot off the crossbar with 12.3 seconds left, but the Beavers went into the intermission trailing by just one.
In the second period, BSU came out flying and had a chance to knot the score at 1:15 when Erickson point-blank chance on pass from Kaitlyn Tougas (Fr., F, Thunder Bay, Ontario), but North Dakota netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie made the stop.
Bemidji State finally evened the game at three after some sustained offensive pressure when redshirt freshman Jenessa Philipczyk (F, Stillwater, Minn.) banked a shot from the side of the net off Amsley-Benzie’s skate and in for her first collegiate goal and point.
The third period saw a momentum shift after BSU had a 13-7 shot advantage, but the game went to overtime after sophomore goaltender Abby Ryplanski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) stopped all 10 shots she saw in the frame.
In the contest, Megan Lushanko (Fr., F, Chisago City, Minn.) and Kayleigh Chapman (So., D, Virden, Manitoba) ended point-scoring droughts of six and 14 games, respectively, while Abby Williams (R-Sr., F, Alexandria, Minn.) notched an assist for the fourth straight game. Erickson’s goal was the 91st point (44th goal) of her career) and Lundquist’s multi-point night was her team-high fourth of the season.
Saturday night, Bemidji State and North Dakota end their season series with a 7:07 p.m. tilt. The Beavers will then travel to top-ranked and undefeated University of Minnesota before capping the regular season with a home series against eighth-ranked University of Wisconsin.
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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).
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