Columbus, Ohio --- In what is becoming an all together way to familiar feeling, the University of North Dakota women's hockey team suffered another heartbreaking loss tonight at the Ohio State Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio, losing a 2-1 overtime thriller.
After skating to a 1-1 tie through regulation and killing a Buckeye power play that ended regulation and opened overtime, Kim Theut was able to poke in a rebound for the game-winning goal at 2:16 of the extra period.
UND went 1-0-1 in its first two overtime games but have since gone 0-3-3 in its last six attempts with two of those losses coming in the last three games.
Freshman Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) had a strong game in the losing effort as she made 38 saves while allowing the two goals.
"It's another tough loss," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We competed hard and played well just not getting it done. It is hard to go through these tough times but it will make us better down the road."
Both goaltenders were tested early in the first couple minutes but it was the Buckeyes that scored first with a fluky goal.
Natalie Spooner took a shot from the slot with Dagfinrud making the initial save, but the puck went straight up in the air and had eyes finding its way into the net. The officials immediately decided to review the play but the score stood being ruled a goal by Christina Mancuso exactly five minutes into the game.
The Sioux killed a lot of their own early opportunities with multiple offside and icing calls which seemed to keep them out of any early rhythm.
The first period would end with shots on goal even at 10 but the one fortuitous goal going the way of the Buckeyes in a penalty free period.
Just over a minute into the second period play opened up as Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) had a breakaway opportunity and wristed it off the post. The play was quickly turned the other way for a breakaway by Laura MacIntosh but Dagfinrud was able to make the save. Just after the next whistle Holly Perkins (Soldotha, Alaska) had another Sioux breakaway where Chelsea Knapp made another key save.
The Sioux were able to finally breakthrough with a great cross-crease pass from Wiebe to Mary Loken, tying the game 1-1 at 6:30 of the middle frame. It was Loken's seventh of the season and first since her Jan. 2 two-goal performance at Union.
With 51 seconds remaining the Buckeyes would go on their fourth power play as Allison Parizek was called for tripping in the neutral zone. The buzzer would sound for the end of third period, but Spooner was celebrating like she scored. The referees decided to take a second look reviewing the play. It was ruled no goal and play went to overtime.
With 1:09 remaining on the power play the Buckeyes would gain the early overtime pressure but were able to kill the penalty. OSU was able to keep their first power-play line on the ice the entire power play with a break in the middle to rest at the end of regulation.
The Buckeyes were able to maintain pressure after the power play though when Theut poked a rebound past Dagfinrud to win it in overtime.
Knapp would finish the game with 21 saves on 22 UND shots on goal.
The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow afternoon with a 3:07 p.m. CDT opening face off.