|2nd||16:44||NDK||1-0||SH GW||Amy Menke (10)||Tanja Eisenschmid/7|
|2nd||18:13||NDK||2-0||EV||Josefine Jakobsen (10)||-|
|3rd||19:52||NDK||3-0||EV EN||Amy Menke (11)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (16-10-3)||0/1||6/12||1|
|Amanda Leveille (L, 19-2-3)||57:57||2||6||6||8||20|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 12-5-3)||60:00||0||5||9||11||25|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Fans got their money's worth on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena; for just one dollar, UND fans got to see the North Dakota women's hockey team take down the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-0.
In addition to seeing a Minnesota Gopher hockey team lose its first game in the Ralph since Jan. 13, 2012, fans also witnessed history as junior netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 25 saves for her 10th career shutout, breaking the program's career shutout record.
North Dakota's "Pack the Ralph" promotion proved to be a success, as 4,818 fans were on hand to watch UND hand the Gophers their second loss of the year. The crowd was the second-largest in program history, falling short of the attendance record of 5,835 set last season against Minnesota.
The win also marks UND's first shutout victory against Minnesota since Dec. 3, 2011, when it also defeated the Gophers 3-0 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
After a scoreless first period, North Dakota scored twice in a span of one minute and 31 seconds in the middle frame to jump out to a 2-0 lead. While shorthanded, Amy Menke earned herself a breakaway and shelved her shot high past Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille to break the stalemate. The shorthanded goal was also the first given up by the Gophers this season, who were averaging 32-percent on the power play coming into the game.
Fresh out of the box, Josefine Jakobsen collected a loose puck at the right face-off dot and cut across the front of the net, outwaiting Leveille, to double the UND lead with under two minutes to go in the second period.
Amsley-Benzie and the defense got to work in the final period to preserve the lead. Of her 25 saves, 11 came in the final period and North Dakota blocked another 12 shots to hold off the Gophers' offense.
Menke scored her second of the night to seal the win with an empty-net goal, making it 3-0 in the final seconds; registering her sixth multi-point game of the year. She now leads the team in goals with 11 and game-winning goals with four.
With the win, North Dakota is now unbeaten in seven games (6-0-1) and moves closer to third place in the WCHA standings with 40 points. UND improves to 16-10-3 (12-8-3-2 WCHA) and sits one point behind Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota falls to 24-2-1 (17-2-4-2 WCHA) but remains in first place in the conference.
Marked by Menke's shorthanded tally, UND's penalty kill played a crucial role in the win. North Dakota killed off all four opportunities for the Gophers on the man-advantage, making it a non-factor in the contest.
The defensive effort as a whole was a strong point for UND. In the first period, North Dakota blocked 10 shots to hold the Gophers to just five shots on net. The team blocked 28 of Minnesota's 62 shot attempts, blocking more shots than the Gophers put on net (25).
UND returns to the ice Saturday afternoon to finish the series with the Gophers. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on both Midco Sports Net and FCS Central (Dish channel 454).