Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen scores two goals and assist for North Dakota

Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen scored two goals and an assist for North Dakota

DULUTH, Minn - The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team had already clinched home playoff ice before the puck was dropped Saturday afternoon, but that didn't seem to effect the early effort of the Bulldogs.

Despite scoring the first three goals of the game, the No. 4/5 University of North Dakota netted four unanswered tallies to pick up the 4-3 win over the Bulldogs in front of 1, 470 fans at AMSOIL Arena. UMD, which has now netted three goals in all three of its skates with UND so far this season, drops to 13-11-5 overall and 11-9-5 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation, but with two Ohio State University losses to the University of Wisconsin, the Bulldogs are assured home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs that start Feb. 28-March 2.

"We came out of the gate strong, dictated the tempo really well, it's so disapponting to be up 3-0 and then not do our job in the defensive zone," said head coach Shannon Miller. "We broke down our own zone and let them back in the game, and I hope we can do better in our own zone tomorrow."

The Bulldogs scored two goals in the first period, twice benefitting from North Dakota deflections in a chaotic UND crease. Senior forward Jamie Kenyon's shot in traffic initially deflected off North Dakota goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie before hitting a UND defenseman's glove and into the goal at the 12:30 mark. UMD doubled its lead on the power-play with just 15 seconds remaining when rookie defenseman Sidney Morin's wrist-shot from the point glanced off a UND defenseman and past Amsley-Benzie.

Kenyon's blue collar work ethic was on full display for the Bulldogs third goal, which came 6:44 into the second stanza. Rookie forward Katerina Mrzov played the puck behind her at the left face-off dot for Zoe Hickel, whose initial shot Amsley-Benzie saved. Enter Kenyon's drive to the net which resulted in the captain poking home the rebound for her second tally on the day and third consecutive UMD score.

Things turned rapidly for the Bulldogs, however, with two North Dakota goals scored in the second period just 2:15 apart, and just like that, UMD was holding on to a 3-2 lead at the end of the intermission.

UND's Josefine Jakobsen, contained by the Bulldogs for the first 40 minutes of the contest, came alive at the start of the third period. Jakobsen sniped back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart, and for the final 13:54 of the game, UMD was chasing a 4-3 North Dakota lead until the final buzzer sounded.

Kayla Black had 24 saves for the Bulldogs, who were 1-of-2 on the power-play and posted 28 shots in the game. Amsley-Benzie posted 28 saves for UND, who went scored on its lone power-play and put up 31 shots.

Both teams will hit the ice again tomorrow afternoon for UMD's Senior Day. The game will get underway at 3:07 p.m.