BEMIDJI, Minn. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team suffer a heartbreaker in Bemidji tonight as the Beavers wrap up a series sweep with a 3-2 overtime win in the back half of a home-and-home series.
Junior Erin Cody came into the series with four goals and added four more against the Sioux including tonight's overtime game-winner only 55 seconds into the extra period.
"I thought we played hard today," head coach Brian Idalski said. "I thought we deserved a better fate but you can't keep saying that. At the end of the day anybody that watched that game, we out worked them, had more opportunities and came away with nothing to show for it."
The Fighting Sioux now fall to 3-8-1 overall and 3-8-1-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association while Bemidji State improves to 6-10-2 (5-5-2-2 WCHA).
The Beavers blasted a slap shot off the post and into the net to score their fourth unanswered goal of the series and the games first at the 13:21 mark of the opening frame. It was senior Jackie Robertson's first goal of the season as she pinched in on a loose puck in the slot.
Senior defenseman Susanne Fellner (Fronhofen, Germany) answered only 45 seconds later as she placed a shot from near the blue line in the top far-side corner past the Beavers screened netminder Zuzanna Tomcikova.
The second period's lone goal came by the stick of Erin Cody as she tapped in a pass from Marlee Wheelhouse that went just in front of the crease for a wide-open net.
Sophomore Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) was able to stretch the ice and hit sophomore Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) with a zone-to-zone pass. Wiebe was able to split the defenders for and beat Tomcikova on a breakaway, short side bellow her blocker.
With approximately 90 seconds remaining the Sioux almost put away the game winner with the game still tied at two goals apiece. Wiebe found the puck in a scrum in front of the net and went for the wraparound but Tomcikova make a terrific last second sprawling save to send the game to overtime.
After being edged 19-17 in shots in the first two periods the Sioux outshot BSU 12-6 with most of the period spent in the Beavers zone.
Winning the opening overtime faceoff the Beavers dumped the puck into the Sioux zone. On the pursuing breakout attempt Sadie Lundquist was able to intercept a pass from Kelly Lewis (Forest Lake, Minn.) bringing the puck behind the net and fed a pass into the slot to Cody. Cody sniped a shot top-shelf to send the Sioux home empty handed on the weekend.
The Sioux will return to action next weekend as they host Minnesota on Dec. 12-13, with both games starting at 2:07 p.m at the Ralph Englestad Arena.
"We just need to show a little more poise with the puck and in crunch time make some better decisions," Idalski said. "As much as you want to practice that you can't. It comes with experience. (That's) Something we are lacking and we are really learning some stuff the hard way."