GRAND FORKS, N.D. — No. 6 North Dakota tied WCHA rival Wisconsin 4-4 and came away with the shootout victory on Sunday.
The shootout victory was the first in program history since the Western Collegiate Hockey Association adopted it in 2008-09 to settle ties after a five-minute overtime with an extra point in the standings.
With the two points, UND leapfrogs Minnesota-Duluth back into third place in the league standings with 30 points and an overall 13-8-2 record. No. 2 Wisconsin falls to 20-2-2 overall and 14-2-2-1 in the WCHA.
North Dakota faced a lot of demons in the game, not only winning its first shootout, but also battled back from a two-goal deficit twice in the game.
UND’s Jorid Dagfinrud started the game in hopes of a new outcome, though things didn’t get off to a positive start right away as Carolyne Prevost scored the first goal of her hat-trick performance just 42 seconds into the opening frame. At 18:36 of the first period Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker was whistled for checking from behind resulting in a five-minute major and a game misconduct, giving UND a five-minute power play to finish out the first period and start the second period.
Roughly fifteen seconds into the second period there was a power outage at the rink which sent both teams back to their locker rooms for an extra few minutes. UND was unable to capitalize on the five-minute major. Wisconsin’s Prevost added another goal at 8:22 in the frame putting the Badgers up 2-0. UND’s Monique Lamoureux-Kolls would score on the power play at 13:26 to put UND within one heading into the third period.
UND had a good start to what turned out to be a very entertaining third period full of penalties and goals. They tied it up at 3:26 into the third frame as Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored her second goal of the night, short-handed. Wisconsin’s Prevost scored her third goal of the game on the power play to put the Badgers up 3-2. Shortly after, Badger’s Senior Brooke Ammerman scored another power-play goal to give them a two-goal lead against UND at the 9:05 mark of the final stanza. Just 45 seconds later, UND’s Michelle Karvinen snagged the game’s seventh goal to put UND within one. The Badgers took a number of penalties during the remainder of the third period giving UND plenty of chances to tie it up. With Dagfinrud out of the net and a player in the box for Wisconsin, UND’s Andrea Dalen scored her eighth goal of the season at 19:28 of the third period to tie the game with a score of 4-4.
There were no goals scored in the five minute overtime, resulting in a shoot-out.