FARGO, N.D. – After dropping the first game of the weekend series, No. 12-ranked Midland University battled back to earn a split with North Dakota State University on the road. The Bison won the opener 2-1 on Saturday night at John E. Carlson Coliseum in Fargo, North Dakota. Then on Sunday the Warriors held on to win the finale, 3-2.
Saturday’s game saw NDSU grab the early lead as they found the back of the net near the midpoint of the first period. After a scoreless second Midland tied the game at the 7:02 mark on a goal by Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel. Alyssa Knott and Katherine Kihm were there with the assist. Then with 9:04 remaining, the Bison scored the game-winner. McKenna Gehner suffered the loss in net for Midland. She had 25 saves on the night and played all 60 minutes in net.
On Sunday morning the two teams squared off again and this time it was Midland who was the first to strike. Tieryn Arens scored the first goal of the game at the 14:31 mark off a pass from Uhl-Chmiel and Ally Conybear. Once again the two squads played a scoreless middle period before each scoring twice in the final period of play.
Mylie Ketterson added to the Midland at the 3:42 mark off a pass from Conybear and Kamryn Hayhurst, 20 seconds into a power play chance. Then Uhl-Chmiel scored an unassisted goal at the 12:38 mark to make it a three goal advantage. NDSU would respond with a pair of goals, both on power play opportunities, down the stretch to make the final score 3-2.
Gehner was in goal once again for Midland, earning the win this time, stopping 19 attempts and allowing just two goals in 60 minutes.
Midland (8-10-2-0) will take the ice next on November 30 and December 1 as they host Minot State (13-1-0-0). Puck drop is set for 5:00 p.m. Friday and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Fremont, Nebraska at Sidner Ice Arena.