GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team rallied to tie the score and force overtime after trailing 3-1, but fell 4-3 in the extra session against No. 9 North Dakota Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND forward Allison Parizek ended the game with 1:02 to play on a snapshot from the left circle minutes after BSU killed the final 1:41 of a power play that carried over after the third period.
The loss drops the Beavers to 6-19-2 with a 5-17-1-0 ledger in WCHA play. They are now 0-5-3 in overtime games since Oct. 11, 2011.
BSU got off to a slow start and didn’t record a shot on goal until 11 minutes into the game. The home team, on the other hand, jumped out to the early lead.
On a power play that began 3:32 into regulation, forward Shannon Kaiser potted her second goal of the season, one-timing a Mary Loken feed on the backhand from the side of the crease. UND doubled its lead with another power-play tally 1:45 later when Meghan Dufault slammed one home from the side of the goalmouth to make it 2-0.
The Beavers cut into the lead on an Emily Erickson wrister from a sharp angle that snuck inside the near post, but North Dakota answered just 21 seconds later when Becca Kohler notched her second goal of the season on another shot from just outside the blue paint.
Before the offense-filled period ended, Bemidji State again cut its deficit to one when Natasha Kostenko buried a Sadie Lundquist rebound at the tail-end of a two-on-one rush.
Kostenko has now found the back of the net in three games in a row and has a point in 10 of her last 12 games.
The goal was her BSU-best 10th of the 2012-13 campaign.
UND leading-scorer Jocelyn Lamoureux rang a snapshot off the crossbar with 12.3 seconds left, but the Beavers went into the intermission trailing by just one.
In the second period, BSU came out flying and had a chance to knot the score at 1:15 with Erickson’s point-blank chance on pass from Kaitlyn Tougas, but North Dakota netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie made the stop.
Bemidji State finally evened the game at three after some sustained offensive pressure when redshirt freshman Jenessa Philipczyk banked a shot from the side of the net off Amsley-Benzie’s skate and in for her first collegiate goal and point.
The third period saw a momentum shift after BSU had a 13-7 shot advantage, but the game went to overtime after sophomore goaltender Abby Ryplanski stopped all 10 shots she saw in the frame.
In the contest, Megan Lushanko and Kayleigh Chapman ended point-scoring droughts of six and 14 games, respectively, while Abby Williams notched an assist for the fourth straight game.
Erickson’s goal was the 91st point (44th goal) of her career) and Lundquist’s multi-point night was her team-high fourth of the season.
Bemidji State 2 1 0 0 – 3
North Dakota 3 0 0 1 – 4
First Period – 1, UND, Kaiser (Loken, Furia), 5:05, PP; 2, UND, Dufault (Karvinen, J.Lamoureaux), 6:50, PP; 3, BSU, Erickson (Williams, Lundquist), 11:41; 4, UND, Koehler (Loken, Pairzek), 12:02; 5, BSU, Kostenko (Lundquist, Ehlert), 15:59. Penalties – BSU, Kostenko (Checking), 3:32; BSU, Lundquist (Tripping), 5:31.
Second Period – 6, BSU, Philipczyk (Lushanko, Chapman) 6:22. Penalties – UND, Slavin (Hooking), 1:16; UND, Slavin, 9:52.
Third Period – No Scoring. Penalties – UND, Parizek (Tripping), 6:11; UND, Kariven (Tripping), 17:37; BSU, Lundquist (Checking), 19:40.
Overtime – 7, UND, Parizek (Unassisted), 3:58.
Shots On Goal – BSU (6-13-6-1-26); UND (9-6-11-4-30).
Goalies – BSU, Ryplanski (30-26); UND – UND, Amsley-Benzie (26-23).
Penalties-Minutes – BSU, 3-6; UND, 4-8.
Power Plays – BSU, 0-for-4; UND, 2-for-3.