DULUTH, Minn. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team's season comes to a wrap in Duluth, Minn., as the Bulldogs win 4-1 tonight at the Heritage Center.
Eerily similar to yesterday's game the Sioux wanted to weather the storm early and did so for the most part but gave up a late first period power-play goal. Jocelyne Larocque scored to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 at 18:20.
The Sioux opened the game taking a couple penalties but limited the Bulldogs to only a couple shots on goal while the Sioux failed to convert on their own 5-on-3 opportunity.
"We had one left in the crease that was on the line and didn't make it completely over," head coach Brian Idalski said. "It would have been huge momentum swing. Those are things as a young group we need to learn to cash in on and finish off those plays. That would change the whole complexion and outlook of the game if we get a couple early and get up."
UMD scored a pair of goals to open the second period at even strength by Gina Dodge and Sarah Murray resulting in Idalski calling a timeout and making a goalie change as Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) entered the game for Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia).
Dagfinrud would finish the game making 20 saves in 31:55 of action.
"I thought we took a couple bad bounces and then we were down in the game," Idalski said. "We were able to battle back. A big momentum swing was the waived-off goal that I really felt like it was a goal. It was what it was, but I thought we battled through out. I was proud of our effort and proud of our kids."
Freshman Megan Gilbert (Andover, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal for the Sioux at 12:11 of the middle frame when she and the Sioux caught the Bulldogs on a line change. Gilbert brought the puck in on netminder Jennifer Harss on the breakway and was able wrist a shot top shelf as she was taking a slash to the wrist.
The Sioux thought they had cut the lead to one with just over a minute remaining in the period when Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) and Allison Parizek (Minot, N.D.) took another odd-man rush towards the Bulldogs goaltender. Furia brought the puck in and gave chip-pass over the defenders stick to Parizek who put a low shot on net. The initial save was made but Furia put the rebound in.
The goal was waived off as the net was dislodged and there was no replay cameras at the Heritage Center.
Laura Fridfinnson would add an empty-net goal with only 28 seconds to open a 4-1 lead.
The season concludes for the Sioux with an 8-22-4 record while having gone 7-19-2 in the WCHA.
"I told our kids although we had our ups and downs this year I was sad to see it end," Idalski said. "I know how close we are and how much we have improved. Things were really starting to click. I wish we had another month because we are definitely moving in the right direction. We will dwell on this a bit but you can't help to have an eye towards the future and get excited."