Senior forward Lauren Barnes has goal and two assists for Mavericks

Senior forward Lauren Barnes had a goal and two assists for the Mavericks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Despite firing 47 shots on net, the University of North Dakota women's hockey team fell to Minnesota State 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.

North Dakota is now 17-8-4 (14-7-4-2 WCHA) and remains in third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 48 points. The Mavericks improved to 11-19-1 (6-18-1-0 WCHA) and is in seventh place with 19 points.

UND grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the game, when Shannon Kaiser scored from the side of the net. Kaiser poked at a loose puck, which hit off of Minnesota State goaltender Danielle Butters' skate and rolled over the goal line.

However, the Mavericks answered back quickly, tying the game up at 1-1 less than two minutes later. They then took the lead when a shot at the top of the left circle completely changed direction after bouncing off of a North Dakota defenseman to the side of the net.

Minnesota State extended its lead to 3-1 only 1:05 into the second period, converting on a power-play opportunity. UND responded to cut the deficit to one goal just five minutes later while on the power play. Gracen Hirschy's one-timer was stopped by Butters, but Meghan Dufault pounced on the rebound for her ninth goal of the season.

Unfortunately, the Mavericks regained a two-goal lead halfway through the second period when Lauren Barnes picked up a rebound and converted on a wraparound attempt.

North Dakota pushed the pace in the third period, keeping Minnesota State pinned in its own zone for long stretches. UND generated plenty of quality chances, firing 23 shots on goal, but could not find a way to beat Butters and cut into the MSU lead.

Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 21 stops for UND, while Butters made 45 saves for the win.

North Dakota returns to action tomorrow afternoon against the Mavericks at 2:07 p.m. for its final home game of the season. UND will honor its senior class following the game.