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Gophers power play its way to 3-1 win over Sioux
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 12/12/2009
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. ---  The University of North Dakota women's hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to the Minnesota Gophers this afternoon on the strength of three Gopher power-play goals.

The Sioux lone goal came from Stephanie Roy (Grande-Digue, New Brunswick), her second of the season, on a five-on-three power play as UND falls to 3-9-3 and 3-9-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

League-leading Minnesota improves its mark to 14-3-2 and 10-2-1-1 in the conference.

In a game that was pretty deceptive if looked just on paper, the Sioux only amounted six shots on goal in the game while the Gophers peppered UND netminder Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) with 35.

But the Sioux had its chances and a major story of the game would turn out to be the lack of converting on scoring opportunities. The Sioux missed multiple passes through the crease they couldn't get a stick on, had a shot go wide of net on a breakaway and a couple failed breakout attempts that could have lead to odd-man rushes.

The games first shot came over five minutes into the first period coming from a Sioux stick and Gopher backstop Noora Raty had no problem making the save and she wouldn't be tested much more stopping four of five shots in the remainder of the game.

Freshman Jordan Slavin (Erie, Colo.) made two outstanding defensive plays early in the game breaking up Minnesota opportunities that could have led to odd-man rushes the other way.

The Gophers would score there first of three power-play goals, all coming by way of defenseman, at 11:28 of the opening frame. Anne Schlepper was able to knock a rebound out of midair past Dagfinrud.

Shortly after, the Sioux were called for another penalty as Ashley Holmes (Miltona, Minn.) was called for interference. This time the Sioux kept the Gophers under check and actually created a great short-handed opportunity as Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) forced a turnover and skated in on the breakaway but missed the net wide to the far side on the shot.

The score would remain the same until Megan Bozek added two goals in the final stanza. Both came from near the blue line where her first (3:57) redirected off a Sioux and second (17:23) went straight in past Dagfinrud who was screened on the play.

Roy was able to blast a slap shot past Raty at 3:57, cutting the lead to one for most of the third period, from the near faceoff circle after Kelly Lewis (Forest Lake, Minn.) and Wiebe set up the play from the point.

Dagfinrud was tested all game and provided one of her best performances in her early career keeping the Sioux in the game in a losing effort.

The Sioux will try to conclude the first half of its season ending a four game winless streak tomorrow afternoon at the Ralph Englestad Arena at 2:07 p.m.

-GO SIOUX-

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