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Tom Miller / Forum Communications Co., Published January 30 2011

Women's hockey: Mavericks snap skid, beat Sioux

GRAND FORKS – Staring at the possibility of tying a program record for consecutive games without a victory, the Minnesota State-Mankato women’s hockey team snapped out of a funk just in time to hand UND its first loss of 2011.

After going 15 straight games without a victory, the Mavericks used a third-period goal from Lisa Edman and an empty-net tally by Moira O’Connor to beat the Sioux 5-3 on Saturday in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The loss also put an end to a program-record eight-game unbeaten streak for the Sioux, who dropped to 15-8-3 overall.

“We had been winning some games and scoring some goals, but by no means had we been dominant and by no means had we been sharp from start to finish,” UND coach Brian Idalski said. “This is still a young club that is learning what it takes to win game in and game out. Hopefully this game burns into their memory about what it takes to care of business when you have the opportunity.”

The Mavericks, who improved to 7-18-3, bounced back from Friday night’s 6-1 defeat by overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the second period and holding twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Jocelyne Lamoureux to just one assist between the two.

“We took the twins out and forechecked a lot differently,” said O’Connor, who put in the empty-netter with 1:14 to play as the Sioux went with an extra skater while already on the power play. “We limited (the Lamoureuxs’) shots. We got right on them as soon as they got the puck. They’re phenomenal players and just too good to completely shut them down.”

The Mavericks are now

7-0-0 when scoring three or more goals this season and 0-18-3 when they don’t.

“A lot of our goals came on just gritty shots,” O’Connor said. “We’ve been in a slump, and we wanted to play like we had nothing to lose. Playing against UND always seems to bring out a different side in us.”

The Mavericks split the season series against UND.

The Sioux appeared to have pulled away with a flurry of goals in the second period. UND tied it at 1 at 1:40 of the middle period when defenseman Kayla Berg lofted the puck toward the net where teammate Alyssa Wiebe snared it, set it down and backhanded a shot for her 11th goal of the season.

The Sioux then scored 43 seconds apart at 9:46 and 10:29 of the second period. Ashley Furia scored her first of the season when she dove over Mankato goalie Danielle Butters and slapped in a loose puck. Candace Molle followed with her second goal of the season. Parked in front of the net, Molle deflected a shot from the slot to give the Sioux a 3-1 edge.

But the Mavericks wouldn’t go away. Melissa Klippensein scored at 13:51 of the second on a wraparound and Kelsie Scott scored a little more than two minutes later on a breakaway to tie the game at 3.

Lisa Edman then scored the game-winning goal at 5:47 of the third period. Tracy McCann entered the zone with Edman with a 2-on-1 situation. McCann’s shot bounced off the pipe and straight out toward the slot where Edman put home the rebound.

The Sioux would have a number of chances late to even the score. UND went on two power plays in the final five minutes.

But UND couldn’t beat Butters, a freshman backup who finished with 28 saves.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Mackley (Rogan, Smith), 11:24, (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 2, ND, Wiebe (Berg, Loken), 1:40. 3, ND, Furia (Gilbert, Slavin), 9:46. 4, ND, Molle (Dagenais, Lamoureux), 10:29. 5, M, Klippenstein (Zrust, Scott), 13:51. 6, M, Scott (Klippenstein), 15:52.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, M, Edman (McCann), 5:47. 8, O’Connor (Otto), 18:46, (sh).

SAVES: ND, Ney 6-5-2-13. M, Butters 10-9-9-28.


Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald