Syracuse holds off North Dakota to end nonconference play with 2-1 win

first_imgAfter dropping the first game of its final nonconference series, Syracuse (6-10-7, 4-2-3 College Hockey America) rebounded to beat North Dakota (10-10-2, 6-8-2 Western Collegiate Hockey), 2-1, on Sunday, despite being outshot, 45-23.SU goalie Jenn Gilligan stopped a season-high 44 shots and the Orange killed off all six of its penalties. Gilligan tied her career-high for saves, set in 2012 when she played for New Hampshire.Just under five minutes into the first period, North Dakota defender Gracen Hirschy went to the box for high sticking. As the penalty expired, SU forward Melissa Piacentini found the back of the net to put Syracuse up 1-0 on the power play.The 1-0 score held through the end of the period, but only 29 seconds after the puck dropped to start the second, Syracuse forward Alysha Burriss gave the Orange a 2-0 advantage. Piacentini and forward Stephanie Grossi assisted on the play.UND responded midway through the second as Hirschy slipped one past Gilligan to cut the lead to one goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange went on the penalty kill twice in the third period, but its special teams unit was able to keep North Dakota off the board. With less than two minutes remaining, UND pulled its goalie, but Gilligan saved the five ensuing shots to preserve the victory.Syracuse will head on the road again, traveling to Erie, Pennsylvania to take on Mercyhurst at 3 p.m. on Friday to start a two-game set.Compiled by Jon Mettus, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Published on January 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more