GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The seventh-ranked University of North Dakota women's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie and shootout loss this afternoon against the ninth-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With the tie both teams received one point in the WCHA standings with an additional point going to the Buckeyes for the shootout win.
Allison Parizek and Jordan Slavin scored for the Sioux who moved to 6-3-1 overall and 5-2-1-0 in league play. The Buckeyes improved to 6-3-1 overall and 2-3-1-1 in the WCHA.
Although dominating a majority of the game, the Sioux found themselves trailing with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
Only seconds after the Sioux pulled netminder Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) for the extra attacker sophomore forward Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) was able to find Slavin pinching into the slot. Slavin buried the opportunity with 1:18 left on the clock for the game-tying goal. Kayla Berg (Fargo, N.D.) picked also assisted on the goal for her second of her freshman campaign.
Slavin led the Sioux with two points (1g, 1a) and a +2 plus/minus.
It looked as though it would be a repeat from yesterday as the Sioux would conclude the overtime with 2:28 of power play including 11 seconds of 5-on-3. The Sioux were unable to convert though concluding the game in a tie.
The Sioux went 0-for-4 in power-play chances in the game while holding OSU 0-for-2. Neither team converted on the power-play on the weekend (UND 0-for-9, OSU 0-for-5)
Ney remains unbeaten on the season with 3-0-1 record although taking the shootout loss as the Buckeyes converted both of their first two attempts while the Sioux went 0-for-2.
The Sioux are now 0-for-6 in WCHA shootouts since the league implemented the tie-breaker in 2008-09.
With a team-leading eight shots on goal, Parizek got the games scoring started at 9:15 of the first stanza for her fourth goal of the season. Slavin and sophomore Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) picked up their fifth and third assists of the season, respectively.
The Buckeyes were able to bounce back with a goal by Christina Mancuso at 12:27 of the second period and Shannon Reilly gave the Buckeyes their only lead of the weekend at 14:07 of the third frame.
Although missing its top-two point scorers this season in Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.), the Sioux outshot the Buckeyes 32-19 in the game.
Ney would conclude the game with 17 saves while Steffes would finish with 30.
The Lamoureux twins missed today's game as they centralized with the USA National Team for the upcoming Four Nations Cup. The two Sioux forwards will also be gone next weekend as UND turns its attention for a road series at Bemidji State.