Jan. 3, 2009


Courtesy of North Dakota

ST. CLOUD, MINN. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey stayed true to the saying "many people look forward to the new year for a new start at old habits,"as the Sioux defeat Renssalaer 3-2 in overtime. The Sioux closed out its 2008 action with a 4-3 overtime win over Bemidji State.

Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored the game winner on the first shot of the extra stanza. Marie-Michelle Poirier (New-Richmond, Quebec) added both regulation goals for the Sioux.

“I was happy coming off the rink with our effort and intensity in the game,” Idalski said. “I thought we were a little sloppy as you can expect coming off of the break, but all-in-all it was a solid effort.”


UND improves to 11-7-1 on the year while Renssalaer drops to 10-6-2.


After a scoreless first period, RPI got on the scoreboard first when Alisa Harrison was able to beat Sioux netminder Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) on the breakaway at 12:32 of the second. RPI was on the power play and Sierra Vadner was able to connect on a long blue-line to blue-line pass to Harrison who got past the Sioux defender.


The Sioux answered back only 54 seconds later when Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) was able to force a turnover in neutral ice on the RPI power play. Dagenais was then able to advance the puck to Poirier who buried her first goal of the game with a breakaway, backhanded goal short side.


RPI regained the lead early in the third period with a goal by Amanda Castignetti at the 2:45 mark.


Poirier added her second goal of the game with 2:35 remaining in the game off a rebound from a blue-line slap shot by Kelsey Fletcher (St. Paul, Minn.).


“I think she really committed herself coming off of the break,” Idalski said. “She was fresh mentally coming back and had a great week of practice. She has really been pushing herself and I think she has now seen the benefit of that in a game. That was tremendous and we need that out of her more and more as we go along the rest of the season.”


Ney stopped 22 shots in the game, but also became the first Sioux goaltender since Amber Hasbargen on Dec. 11, 2004 to assist on a goal as she got the secondary assist on Wiebe’s overtime winner.


“(Ney) has really been consistent and that is what we have been working with her on and talking to her about,” Idalski said. “Make the saves you need to, square up, give us a chance and she did that again today.”


With the win the Sioux improve to 3-1-1 in overtime, 6-0-0 in games that are tied going into the second period and 6-2-1 in games decided by one goal battling to the final buzzer in games.


“That is what we want here,” Idalski said. “That is UND hockey. It is always about competing, work ethic and bringing your top effort for 60 minutes and a little more today. I am happy with that. That is a positive that will always be a staple of our team here.”


The Sioux will faceoff against #10 Wayne State to conclude action in the Easton Showcase tomorrow with a scheduled start of 4:00 p.m.


“This is another great test for us,” Idalski said. “All of us are bunched together with Wayne State ranked tenth and the rest of us just on the outside so if we want to be a top-tier team we have to learn how to win these games and we are excited about the opportunity.”