GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 21 stops for her first shutout of the season, but unfortunately was unable to pick up the win as the No. 4 University of North Dakota women's hockey team played the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers to a 0-0 tie on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota (9-2-2, 7-2-2-1 WCHA) outplayed Wisconsin (10-2-1, 6-2-1-1 WCHA) throughout the game, but couldn't capitalize on a number of chances in front of the Wisconsin net. Badgers' netminder Alex Rigsby stalled the UND attack all night as the senior made a total of 34 saves in the contest.
Normally, the second period has been a weak point for North Dakota and one of the strongest parts of Wisconsin's play this season. However, the tables were turned, as North Dakota dominated the middle frame, keeping Wisconsin to just a single shot on goal. North Dakota also netted 12 of its own shots on net in the second.
The third period saw clusters of chances for both sides in a flurry of offensive action, but neither team could punch home a goal.
After a scoreless overtime, the game officially ended in a draw, with both goalies recording shutouts.
UW's Rigsby again stifled UND in the ensuing shootout, stopping all three shooters of Kayla Gardner, Susanna Tapani and Michelle Karvinen. Amsley-Benzie stopped UW's Brittany Ammerman and Madison Packer, but Blayre Turnbull went last and ended the shootout with a goal. The shootout win for Wisconsin, gives the Badgers an extra point toward the WCHA standings.
Sophomore forward Becca Kohler led UND with five shots on goal, with both defensemen Gracen Hirschy and Tanja Esisenschmid recording four shots each.
The two sides return to Ralph Engelstad Arena tomorrow night to finish the weekend series at 7:07 p.m.