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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published October 13 2013

North Dakota scores victory in shootout over Minnesota-Duluth

RAND FORKS – It hasn’t been easy to beat the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team inside Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Minnesota-Duluth found that out first hand this weekend.

Despite having a third-period lead in both games of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, the Bulldogs left The Ralph without a win after Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss.

Josefine Jakobsen scored the game-tying goal with 3 minutes, 38 seconds left in regulation, and UND won the shootout to grab a five of the six points in the weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth.

“It shows the character of our team,” said Jakobsen, whose parents traveled to Grand Forks for the first time this weekend. “I think we had a really good weekend. The team did a great job with the comebacks.”

UND coach Brian Idalski added: “It was a heck of a hockey game. We’re going to take the points. We still have things to work on. We’re still a young club. But that’s a solid Duluth team. They’re going to beat a lot of people this year. We’re happy.”

With the win, UND moves to 15-1-1 in its last 17 home games and is now 23-0-2 in its last 25 games against teams other than Wisconsin and Minnesota.

UND was dominant through much of the weekend. In the last five periods of the series, UND outshot Duluth 69-30, including a 40-20 shot disparity on Sunday.

UND appeared to be headed toward a weekend sweep when Gracen Hirschy and Susanna Tapani scored goals to stake UND to a 2-0 lead in the second period. But the Bulldogs scored three times in the span of 4 minutes, 6 seconds to take the lead before the end of the middle frame.

Meghan Huertas scored twice and Zoe Hickel had a power-play goal for the 2-1-1 Bulldogs.

Idalski placed the blame on himself for the Bulldogs’ flurry of goals, saying he should have called timeout before the first one happened.

“I thought about using it,” he said.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, UND, Hirschy (Karvine, Kohler), 14:55.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, UND, Tapani, 13:06. 3, MD, Huertas (Stalder, Hickel), 14:42. 4, MD, Hickel (Villila, Gillanders), 17:57. 5, MD, Huertas (Stalder, Villila), 18:48.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, UND, Jakobsen (Menke, Hirschy), 16:222.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SAVES: MD, Black 17-10-7-3-37. UND, Amsley-Benzie 3-8-3-3-17

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald