BEMIDJI, Minn. --- In a game that meant a lot to both teams, the University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated the Bemidji State Beavers tonight at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse 2-0.
Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) made 37 saves for the shutout in net while Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Holly Perkins (Soldotna, Alaska) scored for the Sioux. Captain Kelly Lewis (Forest Lake, Minnesota), Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) and Candace Molle (Anchorage, Alaska) picked up assists in the game.
"Well I am happy with the outcome," head coach Brian Idalski said. "It was a nice road win for us. I thought we played well for long stretches of the game and that is the kind of effort we need again tomorrow."
The Sioux outshot the Beavers 32-13 through the first two periods tonight but found themselves tied 0-0 yet entering the final period.
"I thought we had a lot of opportunities with a lot of loose pucks and Bemidji probably had about 30 blocked shots," Idalski said. "We need to be a little hungrier on the rebounds and I thought Wiebe did a nice job on that goal of attacking the middle of the ice and getting the puck to the net."
Wiebe scored her first goal since Jan. 2 against Union to retake the team lead with her ninth of the season, scoring at 14:28 of the third period at even strength.
After dominating the first two period of play, Jorid Dagfinrud was required to break the all-time program record for saves in a period to lead the Sioux to its win. Dagfinrud made 24 of her 37 saves in the final period breaking the previous record of 23 held by Margaret-Ann Hinkley (1st period, 13-0 loss at Minnesota Duluth).
"Jorid did a great job of just giving up 13 shots in the first two periods and then staying focused when we took those penalties down the stretch in the third," Idalski said. "She did a nice job of controlling the rebounds and just a good effort for her."
The Sioux had not been penalized in the first two period but had to kill three Beavers opportunities in the third stanza.
"I think they came out and played well (in the third period); had a little chip on their shoulder," Idalski said. "The other part is I think is still us being young. Not knowing how to manage games down the stretch. Not having a lot of poise. That is something we need to continue to work on and get that confidence of knowing how to manage games."
Perkins would add an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining which came on the power play.
Both will now head to Grand Forks to conclude regular-season action between the two teams at the Ralph Englestad Arena tomorrow night with a 7:07 p.m. start.
"It is going to be another battle," Idalski said. "They are fighting for a home playoff series and they need points. We need to be ready to go and need to keep this thing rolling. We have got two in a row now but we need to make sure we are ready to go tomorrow."