GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The seventh-ranked University of North Dakota women's hockey team returned home for the first time since October 10 in dramatic fashion, beating the Buckeyes 3-2 in overtime this afternoon at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Junior Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) showed a little frustration late in the third period when she was unable to cash-in on a scoring chance. That all ended when in overtime she was able to block a shot near the point from a Buckeye defender leading to a breakaway opportunity and a game-winning goal with only 14 seconds remaining, unassisted.
All three goals for the Sioux came unassisted as Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored their sixth and eighth goals of the season, respectively.
The Sioux improve to 5-2-0 in the WCHA and 6-3-0 overall while defeating their fifth different top-10 ranked opponent of the season. The Buckeyes drop to 6-3-0 and 2-3-0 overall.
The Sioux were 14 seconds away from a heartbreaking tie when Wiebe cleared the bench in celebration with her wrist shot that beat Ohio State backstop Lisa Steffes on a far-side shot above her glove.
The Sioux outshot the Buckeyes 30-17 (72-39 attempted shots) but Steffes was solid in net for the Buckeyes limiting the Sioux to the three goals.
Wiebe's goal ended a 13 game scoring drought dating back to last season on Feb. 12.
Lamoureux-Kolls gave fans something to cheer about early, skating the puck from center ice while dangling Buckeye's all the way to the net for an early go-ahead goal only 2:09 into the first period.
Lamoureux wristed a bullet off the joint of the crossbar and far-side post for her team-leading eighth goal of the season at 9:14 of the second period.
An unpleasant trend for the Sioux continued as the Buckeye's were able to score another breakaway goal. This one evened the game at two goals apiece with a quick transition out of their own zone. Ally Tarr caught Sioux netminder Jorid Dagfinrud in no-man's land just outside the crease and beat her with a backhand before she could get back in position.
Dagfinrud only faced 15 shots in the game but the most difficult ones came in the third period when the game seemed to open up with pressure on both ends of the ice. She improves to 3-3-0 on the year while Steffes falls to 6-3-0.
The Sioux will look for their first home sweep of the season tomorrow afternoon with an opening faceoff scheduled for 2:07 p.m.