LOUIS, Mo. – Midland University earned a monumental win over Lindenwood University-Belleville on Sunday at the FSI Shark Tank in St. Louis, Missouri. The Warriors dropped a 5-0 game to the Lynx on Saturday night before the upset win on Sunday afternoon.
Lindenwood took advantage of their opportunities in the opener as they took a 1-0 lead in the first on a power play. They would add two more goals in the second then third as they outshot the Warriors 24 to 20. Midland had their own chances in the game but failed to convert on seven power play chances. McKenna Gehner suffered the loss, picking up 19 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Sunday’s game was a defensive battle the entire game. After 50 minutes of scoreless hockey, Kamryn Hayhurst broke open the game with a goal at the 10:17 mark of the third off a pass from Mylie Ketterson.
Midland would battle their way through a pair of penalty kills over the final ten minutes and looked to be on verge of a shutout win until Lindenwood found the back of the net. Just after killing a two minute roughing penalty, the Warriors let their guard down for a brief second as Lindenwood evened the score with 2:02 left in the period.
Time would wind down to triple zeros sending the game into a 3-on-3, five minute sudden victory overtime period.
Just before the start of the extra session Midland used their lone timeout to get a little more rest and go over assignments in a 3-on-3 situation.
“We made the call to go with three forwards, with Tieryn (Arens) being a hybrid that has played some defense in the past,” said head coach Jason White said about their strategy. “Mylie (Ketterson) and Jelly (Hjelden) connected on an overtime goal against McKendree so they both have had success in the past.”
After a Lindenwood shot that was blocked away by Gehner, Tieryn Arens and Madison Hjelden battled in the corner for possession. The puck squirted out to the blue line where Ketterson took it and raced on an angle to the goal, deking the defender in the neutral zone and forcing her to take a penalty.
Ketterson was awarded a penalty shot at the 0:54 mark after the interference call. She moved in on the goalie’s stick side and then went high on the glove side for the winner.
The win is Midland’s first over Lindenwood and also is the highest-ranked opponent they have defeated as well.
On the stat sheet Lindenwood held a 37 to 17 shot advantage and had one more power play opportunity (4 to 3) than Midland. Gehner picked up the overtime win with 36 saves in 60:54 of play.
“This was a great win for the girls and the program,” Coach White added. “We played really well on Saturday and if a few things go our way we might be looking at extremely good weekend. Lindenwood is a good team and they have a lot of quality girls that allow them to play four line with six defenders.”
Midland typically runs three lines at most with only four defenders seeing the bulk of the action.
“Our girls rose to the occasion today and I couldn’t be more proud. This year we’ve really challenged them physically and mentally during practices for times just like this. We’ve still got our work cut out for us with a road trip to Colorado next weekend. We still have time to make a move in the rankings if we want to make it back to Nationals.”
Midland (12-12) will play three games next weekend. They’ll face Colorado State on Friday, January 31 before playing a two-game series with Denver on February 1-2.