Down two goals to start the third period, the No. 6 University of North Dakota women's hockey team put together a fantastic final period to rally back for a 4-3 win against No. 9 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota outplayed the Bulldogs the entire game, but struggled to find the back of the net early and, after outshooting Minnesota Duluth 23-14 through two periods, UND found itself on the losing end of a 3-1 scoreline to start the third period.
UND picked up its pressure in the final period as the Bulldogs fatigue started to become apparent. It took less than three minutes for the added pressure to pay off, as Becca Kohler crashed the net with her linemates, Michelle Karvinen and Meghan Dufault, putting in a rebound to cut UMD's lead to one.
Less than a minute later, defenseman Sam LaShomb got in on the offensive rush and took a slap shot that beat UMD goalie Kayla Black to tie the game with a little more than 16 minutes left to play in the period.
With less than seven minutes left in the third, another defenseman stepped up for North Dakota. This time Sam Hanson took a shot from the point and Josefine Jakobsen got a stick on it to deflect it past Black for a 4-3 UND lead.
UND goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie played a major part in the final minutes to keep her side on top. Amsley-Benzie stopped a UMD breakaway and a backdoor-rebound attempt off a defensive-zone face off within the final stretch. She would end the game with a total of 15 saves for her third win of the season.
Karvinen led the offense with three points in the contest, scoring the game's opening goal and tallying assists on the second and third UND goals.
Karvinen got her team on the board halfway through the first period after scoring a fantastic reactionary goal. Dufault made a pass from the left wing to Karvinen, but the pass was deflected and hit Karvinen in the helmet. While still driving to the net, Karvinen kept track of the puck and batted it in out of midair to net her second goal of the season.
The line of Karvinen, Kohler and Dufault totaled for seven points in the game.
North Dakota stopped three-of-four power-play chances, while failing to convert on four chances of its own.
UND outshot Minnesota Duluth 38-18 in the contest, including a 15-4 shot margin in the third period.
The two sides will finish the weekend series tomorrow at 2 p.m.