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Sioux edged 3-1 by Dutchwomen
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/01/2010
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team's offensive struggles continue as they lose 3-1 to Union College tonight although outshooting the Dutchwomen 35-20.

"I felt like we did a nice job of possessing the puck and even creating opportunities," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Quite honestly I thought they got a couple of bounces and buried their chances."

UND was looking to kick off its second half of the season more offensively and got off to a good start with the games first goal at 6:59 of the opening stanza.

Freshman Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) couldn't have had a much easier goal as she found the puck just sitting in the crease for a tap in goal. Dutchwomen goaltender Alana Marcinko made the initial save off a shot by Stephanie Roy (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) but couldn't control the rebound.

The goal came on UND's second shot of the game and Marcinko would not allow another stopping her next 33 shots faced.

"I knew it was going to be a situation where they just packed it in, played close to the net defensively and we would have to pay a price going in close to the net to get rebounds," Idalski said. "I think their goaltender did an excellent job. She made the first saves, a few second saves and she definitely earned the win for that club."

A Sioux turnover in the neutral zone led to an odd-man rush allowing the Dutchwomen to even the game before heading to the locker room for the first intermission. Sabourin skated it in on a two-on-one and beat Kirkham with a wrister through the five-hole for the unassisted goal.

"I think if you look at shots it took us a little bit to get going and get our legs under us," Idalski said. "We were able to get the first one early but definitely were not able to follow that up with a killer instinct and kind of let them back into the game. Then they were able to get a bounce and get another one and now you are playing from behind. It just kind of steamrolled for them."

Special teams continue to plague the Sioux as they finished the game empty-handed on the power play in five attempts and allowed the Dutchwomen to convert on their only attempt.

To open the second period freshman Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) was called for interference after winning the opening draw. Marissa Gentile was able to take advantage and float a knuckler from near the blue line that bounced off a Sioux defender and past Sioux netminder Brittany Kirkham (Ottawa, Ontario) who was screened on the play at 1:48.

"I though puck movement was good and looks in the slot and crease that we are just not finishing," Idalski said. "I think you worry or are more concerned when you are not moving the puck, you are not getting it in the zone or are not setting up and getting looks. I thought we were doing all those little things - we were just not finishing.

Both teams opened the game with only four shots on goal in the first period but the Sioux would put 13 on net in the second period and 18 in the final frame. Total shots attempted ended with the Sioux trouncing the Dutchwomen 65 to 28.

"I think if you look at shots it took us a little bit to get going and get our legs under us," Idalski said. "We were able to get the first one early but definitely were not able to follow that up with a killer instinct and kind of let them back into the game. Then they were able to get a bounce and get another one and now you are playing from behind. It just kind of steamrolled for them."

Chelsey Heinhuis would give the Dutchwomen a little seperation on the scoreboard as she would put the home team up 3-1 with redirected goal at 12:24 of the third period.

The score would remain the same late into the period when UC would give the Fighting Sioux a good opportunity to get back into the game. Lauren Cromartie was called for tripping with 2:46 left on the clock and Idalski would pull Kirkham for the two-skater advantage to no avail.

The Sioux would get 12 shot attempts in that time but five were blocked, one went of a pipe and seven off target.

UND will close out the series tomorrow with a 3 p.m. CDT start.

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