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Sioux skate to 5-5 tie with Maine
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 11/27/2009
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team erased an early two-goal deficit to carry a one-goal lead late into its series opener against Hockey East's Maine Black Bears in non-conference action today, but with two Sioux players in the penalty box and a pulled Maine goaltender the away team cashed in to tie the game with only 27 seconds remaining. After the five minute overtime period the score would hold for a 5-5 tie.

UND won the shootout in the fifth round 1-0 with a goal by freshman Holly Perkins (Soldotha, Alaska) but it will officially go as a tie as NCAA Division I women's hockey has not universally adapted the shootout. UND moves to 3-6-2 (3-6-1-0 WCHA) with the Black Bears picking up their fourth tie of the season (3-9-4, 1-5-4-1 HE).

All five goals for the Sioux came from different players as senior Susanne Fellner and freshman Allison Parizek (Minot, N.D.) notched their first goals of the season while sophomores Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) and freshman Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) added goals.

UM snuck out to an early 2-0 lead with goals by Jenna Oullette (2:48) and Brittany Dougherty (3:53), but Wiebe cut into the lead with her team-leading fifth goal of the season at 4:43 on a breakaway.

The Black Bears would add to their lead as Myriam Croussette scored at 6:40, but again the Sioux would answer back as Parizek found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal at 10:13 of the first stanza. The 3-2 Black Bears lead would hold into the first intermission.

After the high-scoring affair in the first period, thing settled down in the middle frame but the Sioux scored the only goal of the period as Loken was able to redirect a shot on the power play past netminder Candice Currier. Wiebe took the initial shot from the point.

Entering the final regulation period it didn't take long for UM to get its lead back as Taryn Peacock gave the Black Bears a 4-3 lead at 1:59. The Sioux would tie the game once again with as Fellner lit the lamp for UND's second power-play goal of the game at 8:43. UND would finish the game 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

Looking to pull out the late come-from-behind win the Sioux grabbed its first lead of the game as Dagenais scored at 15:22, one second after their power-play attempt ended.

Nursing the one-goal lead the Black Bears would get a gift opportunity as Ashley Holmes (Miltona, Minn.) was called for slashing and on the ensuing power play the offensive pressure cause another Sioux penalty on Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) with on 41 seconds remaining. UM would pull its goaltender for the three-skater advantage and Jennie Gallo would score for Maine's first power-play conversion of the game with only 27 seconds left on the clock. UM would finish the game 1-for-5 on the power play.

Sophomore Stephanie Ney started in net for the Sioux making 19 saves while allowing five goals and Currier made 29 saves also allowing five goals.

The Sioux will close out the series tomorrow afternoon at the Ralph Englestad Arena (Olympic rink) with a 1:07 p.m. opening face off.

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