Dalen Hat Trick Helps North Dakota Top Ohio State, 5-2
Senior forward Andrea Dalen posts hat trick for North Dakota

Senior forward Andrea Dalen scored a hat trick for North Dakota
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:36  NDK1-0 EV Josefine Jakobsen (16)Tanja Eisenschmid/10
2nd 10:02  OSU1-1 PP Kari Schmitt (7)Kayla Sullivan/8
2nd 13:34  OSU2-1 PP Sara Schmitt (5)Danielle Gagne/11, Kari Schmitt/17
2nd 19:54  NDK2-2 EV Andrea Dalen (9)Kayla Gardner/4, Tanja Eisenschmid/11
3rd 8:54  NDK3-2 EV GW Andrea Dalen (10)Samantha Hanson/6
3rd 18:51  NDK4-2 EV EN Meghan Dufault (11)Amy Menke/13
3rd 19:33  NDK5-2 EV EN Andrea Dalen (11)Halli Krzyzaniak/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ohio State  0202
North Dakota  1135
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ohio State  77923
North Dakota  45918
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ohio State (17-15-3)  2/4 3/6 0
North Dakota (21-11-3)  0/2 5/10 0
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stacy Danczak (L, 8-5-3)58:463 34613
Empty Net1:142     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 17-6-3)60:002 75921

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A hat trick from captain Andrea Dalen led the University of North Dakota women's hockey team to a 5-2 win over Ohio State in the opening game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series on Friday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

After giving up two power-play goals in the second period, UND found itself on the losing end of a 2-1 score; the first time UND has trailed in a game since Feb. 7.

"I thought it started out pretty well," head coach Brian Idalski said. "I was happy with the first. The second period was a little sloppy, I thought they seized some momentum, and we did what we needed to do in the third to grind one out. It wasn't our most complete or pretty effort start to finish, that's for sure."

Dalen scored the equalizing goal and game-winning goal to help UND take a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes in the best-of-three series.

Josefine Jakobsen got the scoring started early for North Dakota. She blasted a shot over the glove of OSU goaltender Stacy Danczak to put UND up 1-0 just 2:36 into the game. However, Ohio State came back in the second period with two power-play goals to take the lead.

In the dying seconds of the frame, Dalen scored her first of three to tie it up for UND before heading into the intermission. Danczak stopped the initial shot by Kayla Gardner, but Dalen drove to the net and picked up the rebound, popping it over Danczak and into the back of the net with only 5.5 seconds left in the period.

North Dakota carried the momentum in the third period and took advantage of some heavy pressure halfway through the period to break through. Samantha Hanson took a shot that ended up getting deflected, but landed on Dalen's stick on the back-door; who then backhanded it into an open net to put UND ahead 3-2.

After the Buckeyes scored on their first two power-play chances in the game, the UND penalty kill got to work in the third period to help turn the game around. UND killed off two-consecutive Ohio State power plays in the final-18 minutes to maintain the one-goal lead.

Looking for the tying goal, OSU pulled Danczak for the extra attacker in the final minutes of the game, but North Dakota added two empty-net goals to seal it. Meghan Dufault scored first to make it 4-2, and Dalen added another with only 27 seconds left for the hat trick and the 5-2 final.

Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 21 saves in the victory for UND. Her school-record shutout streak officially ended at 297 minutes, 13 seconds, when the Buckeyes scored to tie it halfway through the second period.

With her goal early in the game, Jakobsen extended her career-best scoring streak to nine games. She has eight goals and four assists over that stretch.

North Dakota will look to advance to next weekend's WCHA Final Face-Off with a win in game two tomorrow. Puck drop against the Buckeyes is set for 2 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.