Jan. 3, 2009

 


Courtesy North Dakota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - For the third straight game the University of North Dakota women's hockey team went to the overtime period winning the previous two. This time against tenth-ranked Wayne State ended 'officially' in a tie forcing a shootout which the Sioux won 1-0.

Freshman Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored two goals for the Sioux while junior Alex Williams (Eagan, Minn.) added a goal and UND's all-time leading point scorer Melissa Jaques (Cooks Creek, Manitoba) scored the only goal in the shootout.

"It was a good start to the game," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We came out with a lot of tempo and got an early lead. It is a little disappointing though. Anytime you can get a 2-0 lead you need to be hungry to get that third goal and not let them back into the game."

After being held without a point in the opening game of the Easton Showcase against Rensselaer Jaques added another Sioux record to her credit against the Warriors. Jaques tied and then broke the career assists record held by Liz Funk (2002-06) as she collected assists 35 and 36 on each of Wiebe's first-period goals.

On UND's second power play attempt of the first period, Wiebe was able to put the Sioux on the score board with her first power-play goal of the year and the first period 1-0 lead at the 7:35 mark.

Wiebe would notch her second goal of the period at 12:18 and 10th goal of her freshman campaign to give the Sioux a two-goal cushion which would hold going into the first intermission.

"She was dominant," Idalski said. "She created a lot of pressure and opportunities and could of had a lot more."

It only took 16 seconds into the second stanza when Wayne State and Natalie Payne were able to cut the lead to one with the Warriers first goal of the game.

Veronique Laramee-Paquette was able to even the game at two goals apiece on the Warriors second power-play attempt of the game at the 15:22 mark of the second period.

But the tie was short-lived. Junior Alex Williams found the back of the net for her first goal of the season only 46 second later.

Wiebe added an assist on the goal for her third point of the game with senior Randi Motsko (Fairbanks, Alaska) also getting her second assist. The three-point game for Wiebe is the first of her career and is her first two-goal game.

The new top-line for the Sioux this weekend of Jaques, Motsko and Wiebe totalled for two goals and five assists for seven points and amounted for 23 of the teams 33 shots on goal.

"They did so matched up against their top line too which was good to see," Idalski said. "Most of their production came from their second line. It was power against power and we did a good job against them."

The Warriors answered back sending the Sioux into second intermission tied 3-3 when Micheline Frappier scored the second power-play goal of the game and period for the Warriors with only two seconds left in the penalty and 54 seconds left in the period.

Senior captain Casie Hanson (St. Peter, Minn.) nearly gave the Sioux the lead on the power play by the Warriors at 5:57 of the final stanza hitting the pipe with a shot keeping the game knotted at three.

At 10:51 of the third period the Warriors would put the Sioux on the power play again where this time freshman Margot Miller (West Bloomfield, Mich.) would knock one off the pipe for another near score.

After regulation where the shots were even 29-29, so was the scoreboard at three goals apiece. Both teams had four shots on goal in the extra period without a score sending the game to the shootout.

The Sioux will return to action next weekend when they return to St. Cloud, Minn., and WCHA action to wrap-up its season series against the Huskies on Friday at 4:07 p.m. and Saturday at 2:07 p.m.

SHOOTOUT RESULTS:

Attempt by WS Melissa Boal MISSED, save Brittany Kirkham
Attempt by UND Alyssa Wiebe MISSED, save by Lindsey Park
Attempt by WS Lindsay DiPietro MISSED, save Brittany Kirkham
Attempt by UND Melissa Jaques MADE off Lindsay Park
Attempt by WS Veronique Laramee-Paquette MISSED, save Brittany Kirkham