WOMEN'S HOCKEY: UND ties Wisconsin, then wins shootout
Early deficits, shootouts and the University of Wisconsin have been three major problems for the UND women's hockey team. Not anymore. UND rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes, 11 seconds to earn a tie, then won its first-ever ...
Early deficits, shootouts and the University of Wisconsin have been three major problems for the UND women's hockey team.
UND rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes, 11 seconds to earn a tie, then won its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association shootout to grab an extra point in the standings, while snapping a nine-game losing streak against the No. 2 Badgers on Sunday afternoon.
The game will officially go down in the books as a 4-4 tie, though this one was extra satisfying for UND for many reasons.
UND, 13-8-2 overall and 9-7-2-1 in WCHA play, rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Andrea Dalen scored the game-tying goal on a blast from the point with just 32 seconds left to send the crowd into euphoria.
Then, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (two goals, one assist) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (three assists) buried snap shots in the shootout, while UND goaltender Jorid Dagfinrud stopped three of four Badger attempts.
UND players were jubilant after the game.
"I'm happy for the seniors, to get that monkey off of their backs," said UND coach Brian Idalski, whose team had gone 0-8 in four seasons in shootouts since the WCHA added them in 2008-09.
Idalski also was happy with his team's effort. Despite dressing just nine healthy forwards, UND generated an offensive onslaught, throwing 50 shots at Badger goalie Alex Rigsby, who was terrific in stopping 46 of them. It marked the most shots allowed by a Wisconsin team since January 2000 -- its first year as a Division I program.
Lamoureux led the way with 14 shots, while her twin sister added eight shots likely played more than 40 minutes on defense.
"It's definitely a great win for the confidence," Lamoureux-Kolls said. "We've been struggling coming back from being down by a few goals. For us to do it against the No. 2 team in the country is definitely huge."
The Badgers, who fired 42 shots at Dagfinrud, were in position to win the game late after Carolyne Prevost (three goals) and Brooke Ammerman scored power-play goals just 1:36 apart to go up 4-2.
But Josefine Jakobsen fed Michelle Karvinen for a one-timer goal at 9:50, then Dalen provided the tying goal. The Norwegian had the puck on top of the right circle and launched a slap shot through a screen that went high over Rigsby.
"It was really cool," Dalen said. "That's the best feeling to tie up the game like that. We played as a team and it was really fun."
Idalski also was pleased with the way his team battled back from the deficits.
"We got a healthy dose of (adversity)," he said. "They did a good job staying the course. They did a good job not forcing the issue and causing more damage. That's been as much of our issue as playing from behind. We're giving that extra effort and opening things up and then it's like quicksand."
That wasn't the case this time.
"There's no doubt this is going to help us mentally," Idalski said. "We can compete and play with anyone. When we compete and get contributions from everyone, there's nothing that we can't accomplish as a group."
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