|1st||11:23||NDK||1-0||EV||Andrea Dalen (7)||Johanna Fällman/3, Amy Menke/10|
|2nd||3:41||NDK||2-0||EV GW||Shannon Kaiser (3)||Leah Jensen/5, Kayla Gardner/3|
|2nd||14:26||BMJ||1-2||EV||Hanna Moher (6)||-|
|2nd||15:40||NDK||3-1||PP||Sam LaShomb (2)||Tanja Eisenschmid/6, Samantha Hanson/4|
|3rd||6:15||NDK||4-1||EV||Amy Menke (9)||Meghan Dufault/15, Samantha Hanson/5|
|3rd||7:11||NDK||5-1||PP||Halli Krzyzaniak (2)||Becca Kohler/15, Meghan Dufault/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (14-13-1)||0/4||4/8||0|
|North Dakota (14-10-2)||2/3||6/12||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (L, 12-9-1)||35:40||3||12||6||0||18|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 10-5-2)||60:00||1||4||9||8||21|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Junior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie backstopped her way into the University of North Dakota women's hockey record books on Saturday, setting a new program record in career wins in a 5-1 victory over Bemidji State.
"As I've said all year long, Shelby's been good, Shelby is good," head coach Brian Idalski said. "We're playing better in front of her and that's why you're seeing the results you are. We're getting a little more support, not only offensively, but I think defensively in our own end we've turned it up a little bit as well."
Amsley-Benzie posted her 43rd career victory in the 5-1 win, besting Stephanie Ney's all-time mark of 42. She made 21 saves, including seven on the penalty kill, to help UND complete the sweep over the Beavers. Amsley-Benzie has not given up more than one goal in her last six starts, and hasn't given up three goals since a 3-2 loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 1.
North Dakota has now won seven of its last eight contests and improves to 14-10-2 (10-8-2-1 WCHA) on the season. UND also moves into sole possession of fourth place in the WCHA standings with 33 points. Bemidji State is now 14-13-1 (9-12-1-1 WCHA) is in sixth place and is four points behind UND with 29. UND is just the third team this season to sweep Bemidji State in a weekend series.
It was a convincing effort for the North Dakota offense, as 12 different players got on the scoresheet. Three different players recorded multi-point nights, as Amy Menke led the team with a goal and an assist, and Samantha Hanson and Meghan Dufault notched two assists each.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we played with a lead," Idalski said in regards to the offensive outpour. "That just seemed to open up the ice for us. I think in both games, once we had the lead for a little bit, things just started to click for us offensively."
UND also went two-for-three on the power play in the contest, rendering Bemidji State's penalty kill ineffective. The Beavers have the second-best penalty kill in the WCHA, at .906, but UND is a close third with a .902 PK percentage.
Captain Andrea Dalen got the scoring started for UND about halfway through the opening period. Johanna Fallman fed Dalen the puck coming down the wing, and she sniped it short side on BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat. North Dakota outshot the Beavers 13-4 in the period, and took the 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Shannon Kaiser gave UND a two-goal cushion early on in the second period, firing a turn-around shot that went off Mowat and the cross bar for the 2-0 lead. BSU cut into the lead later on in the frame, but Sam LaShomb scored a minute later, just 13 seconds into a power play, to put North Dakota ahead by two once more.
UND took the 3-1 lead into the final period, and Amy Menke scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season to extend it to 4-1. She picked up a rebound in the slot and fired it through traffic to beat Erin Deters, who had replaced Mowat in net following LaShomb's goal. It was the third goal and fifth point of the weekend for Menke.
Halli Krzyzaniak finished off the scoring for North Dakota less than a minute later, at the 7:11 mark of the third period. Her wrist shot from the point beat Deters clean for a power play goal and the 5-1 UND lead.
North Dakota heads on the road next weekend for a series against Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 30-31. Puck drop for both games is slated for 6 p.m. (CT) at AMSOIL Arena.