|1st||5:01||BMJ||1-0||EV||Stephanie Anderson (9)||Kayleigh Chapman/3, Kaitlyn Tougas/13|
|2nd||4:00||NDK||1-1||SH||Amy Menke (7)||Josefine Jakobsen/7|
|2nd||15:27||NDK||2-1||EV GW||Amy Menke (8)||Gracen Hirschy/6|
|3rd||1:04||NDK||3-1||EV||Josefine Jakobsen (8)||Andrea Dalen/10, Samantha Hanson/3|
|3rd||7:38||NDK||4-1||EV||Meghan Dufault (8)||Becca Kohler/14, Gracen Hirschy/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (14-12-1)||0/4||5/10||0|
|North Dakota (13-10-2)||0/3||6/15||1|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (L, 12-8-1)||60:00||4||11||9||4||24|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 9-5-2)||59:47||1||6||8||9||23|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A pair of goals from sophomore forward Amy Menke guided the North Dakota women's hockey team to a 4-1 win victory in an important conference matchup against Bemidji State on Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With the win North Dakota (13-10-2, 9-8-2-1 WCHA) now moves into a tie with Ohio State for fourth place in the conference. Bemidji State (14-12-1, 9-11-1-1 WCHA) drops to sixth, but is only one point behind UND and OSU.
"That's how we would like to play, we'd like to get up and down the ice and when we had open ice we let our kids be creative and play with skill," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We've struggled when it's been a grind, with five kids back, and that's what Bemidji does so well. They blocked another 25-plus shots and forced us to change our shots and miss the net for another 15-plus. It's difficult to play against, you have to be extremely patient and when you do get an opportunity you have to finish, and I thought we did that today."
In the earlier series in Bemidji, Minn., Nov. 14-15, the Beavers blocked a total of 48 shots, and they blocked 32 more in Saturday's game. However, UND continued its strong defensive play, blocking 25 shots and keeping BSU scoreless on four power-play chances.
After Bemidji State took the lead and it looked like it was going to be the same story again against the Beavers, UND's penalty kill came up huge in what would be the turning point of the contest. Down 1-0, Johanna Fallman was assessed a five-minute major for charging, but UND would turn the tables halfway through the kill and score its third shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game.
Josefine Jakobsen created a turnover in neutral ice and dished it up to Amy Menke for a breakaway. Menke did her best Michael Parks imitation to score her seventh of the season.
Menke wasn't done after the shorty and scored again in the second period. With less than five minutes remaining in the frame, Menke gathered the puck in neutral ice and came into the zone with a two-on-one. After the BSU defense collapsed in the middle, Menke saw light on the short side and sniped Bemidji State goaltender Brittni Mowat over her glove. The two goals marked the second time in Menke's career in which she has scored twice against Bemidji State in the same game, the first coming last season, on Nov. 2, 2013, which were also her first and second collegiate goals.
UND also received strong support in the back from goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie, who stopped all eight shots she faced in the second, including five shots during major penalty kill.
Starting the third, Jakobsen gave the team a two-goal cushion just a little more than a minute into the period. Samantha Hanson poke-checked the puck away from a Beaver and pushed it to Andrea Dalen, who then fed Jakobsen for a one-timer into an uncontested net.
Midway through the final period, Meghan Dufault added an insurance goal for the 4-1 lead. With Menke driving the net, Becca Kohler connected on a cross-ice pass to Dufault, who fired it past Mowat for the back-door tally.
Menke is now tied for the team lead in goals, as she scored her seventh and eighth of the season this afternoon. Jakobsen tallied an assist to go with her goal and Hirschy notched two helpers, as the two posted multi-point games for North Dakota.
Bemidji State's opening goal early in the first period snapped a shutout streak of 131 minutes, 27 seconds for Amsley-Benzie, after she posted back-to-back shutouts last weekend against Ohio State. She finished the afternoon with 23 saves, including eight on the penalty kill.
UND concludes the season series against the Beavers tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.