|2nd||3:56||MND||1-0||EV||Jenna McParland (3)||Emma Stauber/2|
|3rd||13:20||NDK||1-1||EV||Samantha Hanson (1)||Layla Marvin/1, Andrea Dalen/1|
|OT||1:46||NDK||2-1||EV GW||Sam LaShomb (1)||Becca Kohler/6, Halli Krzyzaniak/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (1-4-2)||0/4||5/10||0|
|North Dakota (4-1-0)||0/3||6/12||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kayla Black (L, 1-4-2)||61:46||2||4||12||15||0||31|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 3-0-0)||61:46||1||10||8||7||1||26|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sam LaShomb's overtime winner powered the University of North Dakota women's hockey team past Minnesota Duluth on Friday night, 2-1, at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"We talked about being hungry -- Duluth had a tough stretch of games here and points are super important this weekend -- we had to match their intensity and surpass it, and I thought for most of the game they were a little bit more hungrier than we were, so it was nice to see our club respond and make a couple of plays down the stretch," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Once we kind of settled in; got adjusted and got our feet going I thought it was a much more even game."
North Dakota earned the win in comeback fashion, after falling behind 1-0 to the Bulldogs. The two teams played to a scoreless first period, but Minnesota Duluth took the lead early in the second. UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie came out past the circles in an attempt to play the puck, but the net was left wide open when she collided with a player, and the Bulldogs capitalized on the bounce.
Amsley-Benzie helped keep North Dakota within one, despite some good chances for Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs outshot UND 19-16 through the first 40 minutes, and had a 10-4 advantage in the first period, but Amsley-Benzie denied them from extending their lead.
After being outshot through the first two periods, North Dakota came out hard in the third period looking for the tying goal, outshooting Minnesota Duluth 16-7. UND finally found an answer with 6:40 remaining in regulation after sustaining pressure. Samantha Hanson got to a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Bulldogs goaltender Kayla Black to knot things up at 1-1.
It only took 1:46 of sudden-death overtime for North Dakota to find the winner. Becca Kohler drove a Minnesota Duluth defender wide while driving into the zone and centered it for Sam LaShomb, who buried it past Black to cap off the 2-1 victory.
"Whenever we're getting contributions from other people on the roster that's a good night for us," Idalski added. "To have Sam Hanson and Sam LaShomb scoring and getting activation from our blue line, jumping up in the rush, that was terrific."
UND is now unbeaten in nine-straight against the Bulldogs, and have won seven of the last 11 games in the series.
The penalty kill was once again a bright spot for North Dakota, as the team killed off all four Minnesota Duluth power plays, improving to 20-for-20 on the season.
Amsley-Benzie earned the win in net for UND, making 26 saves to remain unbeaten. Black had 31 saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
North Dakota improves to 4-1-0 (3-0-0-0 WCHA), while Minnesota Duluth falls to 1-4-2 (0-4-1-1 WCHA). The teams will conclude the series tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.