Maverick Women’s Hockey lose to North Dakota 4-3 in OT

Minnesota State women’s hockey scored a season-high three goals, but lost to North Dakota 4-3 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Maverick (2-4-0, 0-4-0-0 WCHA) offense was led by sophomore defenseman Megan Hinze, who scored her first two goals of the season. Junior Hannah Davidson also garnered her first goal of the campaign.

North Dakota (4-1-1, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) jumped out to an early lead when Gracen Hirschy scored at 5:29 in the first period. However, Minnesota State fought back and evened the score at 1-1- when Hinze scored at 18:23 in the first.

The second period began with the score tied at 1-1, but the Fighting Hawks went back in front 2-1 at 0:44 when Kayla Gardner scored. The Mavericks clawed their way back and tied the game at 2-2 when Hinze tallied her second goal of the game at 9:48. Vilma Tanskanen responded — scoring at 17:13 — to put North Dakota up 3-2. Once again, Minnesota State answered with Davidson scoring at 19:41. The game was tied 3-3 at the second intermission.

Neither team was able to score the decisive goal in the third period forcing overtime.

Emma Nuutinen scored the game-winning goal at 3:36 in overtime to complete a series sweep for North Dakota.

Sophomore Katie Bidulka (1-1-0) made 19 saves in goal for the Mavericks, and Lexie Shaw (4-0-1) made 19 saves for the Fighting Hawks.

Minnesota State returns home for the first game of a two-game WCHA series against St. Cloud State on Friday at 7:07 p.m.

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