GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The eighth-ranked University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State tonight at Cliff "Fido" Purper Arena, 3-2, moving within one win of its first appearance at the WCHA Final Face-Off.
UND also moves within one win of its first 20 win season, improving to 19-11-3, and more importantly solidifying its eighth spot in the pairwise rankings after ninth-ranked Dartmouth lost earlier today.
Senior Stephanie Roy (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) had to have thought it couldn't have gotten much better than scoring last weekend's game-winner against rival Minnesota as her team's lone senior on senior night. But tonight has to feel just as good as she scored the equalizer and game-winner, both in the third period, to lift the Sioux to its first playoff victory in program history.
Roy has now scored five goals in her last six games (three in her last two games) after scoring two goals in her first 19 games to start the season.
Much of the credit tonight should be shared with junior Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) who picked up assists on both of Roy's goals. Wiebe jumped a pass to force a turnover on the forecheck and a 2-on-1 rush and made a great individual effort to keep the puck in the zone leading to both of the goals. Wiebe would finish with the two assists in the game.
After a scoreless first period, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored a short-handed goal at 4:57 in the second period. The goal was her team-leading 27th goal of her sophomore campaign.
Erin Johnson tied the game for Bemidji at 17:35 in the second period and just 28-seconds later Emily Erickson jammed a free puck past UND's Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) to give Bemidji a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
The two goals within the minute span was all Ney would allow as she finished the night with 27 saves. BSU went on to outshoot UND 29-26.
Game two of the series is set for tomorrow night at 7:37 p.m. at Purper Arena.