Jan. 22, 2009


Courtesy of Minnesota State

Mankato, Minn.--- The Minnesota State women’s hockey team hosts North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in the middle of a three-series homestand. The games are scheduled to begin at 3:07 p.m. Saturday and 3:07 p.m. Sunday. MSU is on a 12-game winless streak - all conference games - since Nov. 14.

#3 Minnesota Duluth Series Notes: The Mavericks were swept by #3 Minnesota Duluth last weekend by the scores of 5-0 and 6-3...with the losses, MSU extends its winless streak to 12 (0-11-1) games, dating back to Nov. 14...all 12 games have been to conference opponents...it is the second longest winless streak in school history...the longest is 24 (0-23-1), set in 2000-01...during the streak, the Mavericks have been outscored 58-26, outshot 359-316 and own a 13.0% power play and 75.0% penalty kill...in Friday’s loss, the Bulldogs scored one goal in the first, three in the second and one in the third...freshman goaltender Alli Altmann made 21 saves in the game...UMD goaltender Kim Martin was injured in the first period after making four saves, she was replaced by Johanna Ellison, who made 13 saves...MSU came out Saturday and took a 1-0 lead at 2:19 of the first period on a shorthanded effort from junior Christina Lee...Lee intercepted a pass from UMD goaltender Lana Steck, who was out of her crease, and scored on the empty net from her knees...the Bulldogs got one in the first and the two teams were tied 1-1 after the first period...UMD’s Haley Irwin gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at 6:58 of the second when the puck came to her as she was exiting the penalty box and she scored on the breakaway...Bulldog Sara O’Toole was awarded a penalty shot at 9:48 when freshman Emilia Andersson took her down from behind on a breakaway...she scored and pushed the Bulldog lead to 3-1...senior Maggie Fisher scored at 11:26 on a breakaway of her own to put the score at 3-2 and that is where it stood heading in to the second intermission...Fisher was assisted by junior Kala Buganski...the scored remained 3-2 until UMD scored at 9:15 of the third period...a power play goal at 15:38 and an insurance goal at 18:28 gave the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead...Fisher would add another goal with just 30 seconds left to make it 6-3...she was assisted by Buganski and Andersson...the multi-point performance is Fisher’s sixth of the season and Buganski’s fourth...with six shots in the game, Fisher became the school’s all-time shots leader with 406, surpassing Kristina Bunker’s (2004-08) mark of 402...Lee’s shorthanded goal was the second of her career and the fourth for the Mavericks this season...the four shorthanded goals ties the third most all-time by a Maverick squad...the record is nine, set in 2006-07...MSU falls to 3-35-3 all-time against the Bulldogs...Altmann made 28 saves in the game Saturday, falling to 4-9-1...in the series, MSU was 0-12 on the power play with six shots, UMD went 3-10 on nine shots...the Mavericks were outshot 60-37.

About North Dakota: UND sits fifth in the WCHA with 17 points...they are 8-9-1 in the WCHA and 12-10-2 overall...UND received a vote in the USCHO.com Division I Poll released Jan. 19...North Dakota is having its most successful conference season since joining the league at the beginning of the 2004-05 season...they are coming off 6-2 and 7-2 losses to #2 Wisconsin last weekend in Madison, Wis...UND is led by senior forward Melissa Jaques (13-18--31)...in 13 games played this season, junior netminder Brittany Kirkham owns a 6-5-2 record with a 2.88 goals against average and a .901 save percentage...in 11 games played, freshman goaltender Stephanie Ney is 6-5-0 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .902 save percentage...UND is coached by Brian Idalski.

MSU/UND History: MSU is 16-5-2 all-time against UND...earlier this season, MSU stole four points at North Dakota, winning in a shootout (the first-ever for each squad) and in overtime...Buganski had 2-2--4 in the series, including a goal at 19:48 of the third period in the second game to force overtime...in 14 career games against North Dakota, Fisher has 8-7--15, leading all current Mavericks

Live Stats: All Minnesota State home women’s hockey games will be streamed over the Internet on livestats this season. Simply direct your browser to: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mankato/ or go to www.msumavericks.com and click the Presto Sports link.

Live Video Feed: A free live video feed for Minnesota State women’s hockey home games will be broadcasted over the Internet this season.  Play-by-play will be included in the broadcast by MSU Mass Communications student Ben Cecil. To view this feed, simply direct your browser to http://www.msumavericks.com/broadcast.php. Find the women’s hockey game and the link will appear at the stated preview time. Video is provided by All Pro Media.