|1st||2:06||NDK||1-0||EV GW||Becca Kohler (11)||-|
|1st||6:20||NDK||2-0||EV||Samantha Hanson (2)||Josefine Jakobsen/10, Andrea Dalen/14|
|1st||11:39||NDK||3-0||EV||Andrea Dalen (8)||Josefine Jakobsen/11, Leah Jensen/7|
|2nd||16:38||NDK||4-0||EV||Josefine Jakobsen (14)||-|
|3rd||7:53||NDK||5-0||EV||Amy Menke (14)||Meghan Dufault/18, Andrea Dalen/15|
|3rd||9:07||NDK||6-0||PP||Meghan Dufault (10)||Becca Kohler/18, Amy Menke/12|
|3rd||11:50||NDK||7-0||EV||Sam LaShomb (3)||Gracen Hirschy/9, Tori Williams/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-29-1)||0/2||6/12||0|
|North Dakota (19-11-3)||1/5||3/6||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brianna Quade (L, 1-8-0)||60:00||7||9||16||18||43|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 15-6-3)||59:53||0||4||4||1||9|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team clinched third place and home ice for the first round of WCHA playoffs with a 7-0 victory over Minnesota State on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota now has 50 points in the WCHA standings with a conference record of 15-9-3-2. UND will play host to either Bemidji State or Ohio State for the first-round playoffs next weekend. North Dakota now improves its overall record to 19-11-3 and sits one win shy of recording its fifth-consecutive 20-win season.
The win also marks the third-consecutive shutout for junior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie, who now owns the longest shutout streak in program history. She has not allowed a goal in the last 207 minutes and 20 seconds, surpassing the mark of 199:57 set by Brittany Kirkham in 2007.
A total of 10 skaters got on the scoreboard, while Andrea Dalen and Josefine Jakobsen recorded three-point outings with one goal and two assists each. Jakobsen has set a personal-best scoring streak, as she has recorded one point in the last seven games.
Additionally, the forward line of Meghan Dufault, Becca Kohler and Amy Menke produced three goals and three assists, with each forward tallying one goal and one assist each.
Kohler got UND on the board just more than two minutes into the start of the contest after she picked up a Minnesota State turnover in front of the Mavericks' net.
Four minutes later, Samantha Hanson put UND up by two, scoring her second goal of the season. Hanson ripped a shot through traffic to beat MSU goaltender Brianna Quade up high. Andrea Dalen capped off the first-period offensive blitz with her eighth goal of the season to put UND up by three less than 12 minutes into the contest.
In the second period, UND was held to just one goal for its 17 shots on net. Jakobsen tallied her 14th of the season in the frame's final four minutes. Jakobsen intercepted a pass in the corner and skated across the front of the net before firing a backhander through traffic that beat Quade over the right shoulder.
The third period was all North Dakota, as UND outshot Minnesota State 21-1 in the final period of play.
Not to be outdone by Jakobsen, Menke scored her 14th of the season, to tie the senior for the team's lead. Dufault followed up less than two minutes later with the team's lone power-play goal of the night. Sam LaShomb then finished off the offensive outpour with her third goal of the season, putting home a backdoor pass from Gracen Hirschy.
Amsley-Benzie stopped all nine shots she faced in the contest, while across the ice Quade stopped 43 of 50.
UND's power play went one-for-five on the night, while going a perfect two-for-two on the penalty kill.
North Dakota wraps up the regular season and pays tribute to its four seniors tomorrow evening for the series finale against the Mavericks. Game time is set for 4 p.m. (CT).