No. 3 Minot State 3, No. 6 Maryville 1
BOSTON, Mass. – For the second time in two games at nationals, Jordan Kulbida twice found the back of the net for Minot State.
The recently named ACHA Second-Team All-American scored a short-handed goal to open the scoring, then added a late insurance goal as the third-ranked Minot State Beavers netted a 3-1 win over No. 6 Maryville (Mo.) in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the ACHA Division I Women’s National Tournament.
“Full team effort,” Minot State head coach Ryan Miner said. “Everyone played their part and worked for 60 minutes. Special teams came through tonight and that was the difference-makers.”
The Beavers (23-10-2 overall) next play a semifinal game on Sunday at a time and against an opponent yet to be determined by Saturday’s remaining quarterfinal contests.
Kulbida put Minot State on the board with her third of the National Tournament with 9 minutes, 22 seconds gone in the second period, a short-handed goal assisted by Denali Sigurdson.
That lead lasted for just over four minutes before the Beavers added to it with a power-play goal that proved to be the game winner.
With 6:30 left in the second, Gillian Gervin scored her first of the National Tournament for a 2-0 lead off assists from Ensley Fendelet and Sydney Spicer.
There it stayed as Minot State goalie Haylie Biever kept the Saints off the scoreboard almost the entire way.
Minot State added one more, though, as Kulbida scored an unassisted goal with 3:51 left to play for her fourth of the weekend in Massachusetts.
The only blemish on the day ended up being a power-play goal by Maryville with 33 seconds left on the clock, spoiling the shutout bid for Biever, who finished the game with 25 saves.