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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: UND tops Ohio State 5-2

UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski isn't even sure how junior forward Andrea Dalen was able to score her first-period goal against Ohio State. "I told her she might want to save that one," Idalski said. "That was pretty sweet." Dalen's highli...

UND's Becca Kohler (51) celebrates teammate Halli Kezyzanik first period goal
UND's Becca Kohler (51) celebrates teammate Halli Kezyzanik first period goal between Ohio State goalie Chelsea Knapp (31) and Sara Schmitt (22) in WCHA hockey action Friday night in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORIKS HERALD

UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski isn't even sure how junior forward Andrea Dalen was able to score her first-period goal against Ohio State.

"I told her she might want to save that one," Idalski said. "That was pretty sweet."

Dalen's highlight-reel goal also turned out to be the game-winner in UND's 5-2 win over Ohio State on Friday night in front of 1,130 Ralph Engelstad Arena fans.

The win keeps UND unbeaten at 4-0-1 and the program also improves to 16-1-1 in the last 18 home games.

"Amazing," UND's Michelle Karvinen said of Dalen's goal. "Popping the water bottle like that is always great."

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On the play, defender Sam LaShomb made a hard pass from the right point to the left side of the net for Dalen. As the 5-foot-8 Norwegian faded toward the end line, she roofed the puck from the shallow angle over Ohio State goalie Chelsea Knapp -- sending the netminder's water bottle airborne.

"It was a good pass from Sam LaShomb," Dalen said. "Credit to her for the nice sauce. I knew where the goalie was going to go, so I tried to hit top shelf."

Dalen's goal gave UND a 3-0 edge, which turned out to be the game winner after Ohio State cut the lead to 3-2 in the second period before Michelle Karvinen and Becca Kohler scored third-period goals to finish off the Buckeyes.

"We have a young club, and we have to strive to play 60 minutes," Idalski said. "We can't play well, then let off the gas. That's part of the process. Sometimes it's going to be a little maddening and frustrating, but you've got to keep coaching them up. I have faith they're going to get there."

Dalen, Tanja Eisenschmid and Halli Krzyzaniak scored in the first period to put UND up 3-0.

"We came out and did the things we talked about and wanted to do," Idalski said.

But the Buckeyes (2-1-1 overall) charged back with a pair of power-play goals in the second period from Julia McKinnon and Sara Schmitt.

OSU even had a few chances to even the score in the third period but UND received timely saves from Shelby Amsley-Benzie, who finished with 20 saves.

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"It's not the number of saves; it's the timely manner of them in the game," Idalski said. "We were a little scrambly there for a couple of minutes."

But Karvinen helped slam the door with a third-period goal to push the lead back out to two. The senior from Denmark one-timed a Meghan Dufault pass past Knapp.

"I knew that Duf saw me," Karvinen said. "I went straight for the net. If I was going to get it I had to bang it first-timer."

UND and OSU play again at 7 p.m. tonight.

"It was important that we bounced back," Karvinen said. "We didn't have the best second period, but we came back strong and that's what matters."

North Dakota's Amy Menke (21) eyes a puck
North Dakota's Amy Menke (21) eyes a puck ricocheting off of Ohio State's Becky Allis (14) in the second period of WCHA action Friday night in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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