No. 11 Warriors Sweep North Dakota State in Final Home Series

FREMONT, Neb. – Playing for the last time on home ice this season, Midland University came away with a two-game sweep over North Dakota State University over the weekend. The Warrior defeated the Bison 3-2 in both games as they honored the 2019 senior class as well.

Prior to Saturday’s game; Madalyn Schmaltz, Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel, and Kendra Weber were honored for their hard work and dedication to the program along with their families at center ice.

Saturday’s game was neck and neck between the Warriors and Bison. The two teams played a scoreless first period before Kamryn Hayhurst scored the first goal of the game to give Midland a 1-0 lead in second period. She took the puck off a Bison turnover and blasted it past the goalie three minutes into the period.

That’s where things would remain throughout the rest of the second and into intermission. In the third NDSU tied the game up four minutes in and with the game knotted, both defenses tightened up. It wasn’t until the 16:36 mark that Mylie Ketterson was able to break through off an assist from Hayhurst and Robin Hatcher.

That lead would be short lived as less than two minutes later the Bison evened things up once again, scoring on the power play with 1:53 left in regulation. Time would wind down without either team scoring, sending the game to a 3-on-3 extra period of five minutes where the first goal wins the game.

In overtime both goalies made some great saves to keep the game knotted. Then with just 80 seconds left to play, the Bison were whistled for a hooking penalty giving Midland an extra skater on the ice. The NDSU goalie continued her standout play for a while longer before Midland was able to setup a set piece after a faceoff in their zone.

Hayhurst lit the lamp for the second time of the game after Robin Hatcher won the face off and Ally Conybear fed the puck to net for the game-winning assist with just 22 seconds on the clock. McKenna Gehner picked up the win stopping 20 shots on the evening in nearly 65 minutes of action.

On Sunday, Midland and NDSU took the ice less than 24 hours after the overtime but both teams looked refreshed and skated well early on. That however didn’t translate to the scoreboard as the first period was once again scoreless.

In the second it was the Bison who struck first with a power play goal coming at the 14:18 mark. They would cling to that lead the rest of the period for a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.

After the break Midland struck early to tie the game and then take the lead. Both goals were scored by Conybear, who fired a pair of rockets past the goalie. Uhl-Chmiel picked up an assist along with Ketterson on the first while Tieryn Arens aided the second. Arens would pick up another assist on the eventual game-winner at the 9:22 mark as she found Hayhurst who then found Kenzie Bertolas for the goal.

North Dakota State wouldn’t go down without a fight though. They would score at the 18:45 mark on a short-handed goal to narrow the gap. They did their best to find the equalizer but with Midland refocused, the Warriors were able to keep the puck in the Bison’s zone, preventing a pull of their goalie to gain a man advantage as time ran down.

With the wins Midland moves above the .500 mark. They are now 16-15-2 on the season and close out their home schedule with a 9-6-1 record at Sidner Ice Arena. They’ll hit the road once more for a two-game series at No. 7 Miami-Ohio (13-6-3) beginning on Friday, February 15th. The Warriors will then return home before heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the WWCHL Postseason Tournament where they’ll be the second-seed. Play in Las Vegas begins on Friday, February 22nd.