Hirschy And Jakobsen Help Lift North Dakota To 6-1 Win Over St. Cloud State
Sophomore defenseman Gracen Hirschy and senior forward Josefine Jakobsen each score two goals for North Dakota

Sophomore defenseman Gracen Hirschy scored two goals for North Dakota
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:07  NDK1-0 EV Gracen Hirschy (3)Amy Menke/5, Becca Kohler/9
2nd 5:19  NDK2-0 EV GW Kayla Gardner (1)Shannon Kaiser/2, Marissa Salo/1
2nd 16:00  NDK3-0 PP Josefine Jakobsen (3)Andrea Dalen/5
3rd 5:18  NDK4-0 PP Gracen Hirschy (4)Becca Kohler/10, Halli Krzyzaniak/3
3rd 8:16  NDK5-0 EV Becca Kohler (7)Meghan Dufault/8, Halli Krzyzaniak/4
3rd 16:04  STC1-5 EV Lexi Slattery (4)Amanda Arbogast/2, Kelsey Saelens/2
3rd 16:35  NDK6-1 EV Josefine Jakobsen (4)Layla Marvin/2, Jordan Hampton/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
St. Cloud State  0011
North Dakota  1236
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
St. Cloud State  351220
North Dakota  17121140
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
St. Cloud State (5-10-1)  0/4 4/8 0
North Dakota (6-7-2)  2/4 4/8 0
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Julie Friend (L, 4-6-0)59:446 1610834
Empty Net0:160     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 4-4-2)60:001 351119

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two goals each from Josefine Jakobsen and Gracen Hirschy led the University of North Dakota women's hockey team past St. Cloud State on Saturday, 6-1, at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

North Dakota (6-7-2, 5-6-2-1 WCHA) controlled the play against St. Cloud State (5-10-1, 2-6-1-1 WCHA) in the first two periods, outshooting the Huskies 29-8 in the first 40 minutes.

"We kind of wanted to do that throughout the game; not give them anything to get excited about," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Unfortunately, we got a little loose and lazy at the end and let them get that one in a scrum, I was a little disappointed in that, but I thought we answered and finished well after that."

Jakobsen's goal at the 16-minute mark of the second period snapped an 11-game scoreless streak for the senior. She tallied again at the end of the third to get one back for UND immediately after the Huskies scored their lone goal of the contest.

"It's been way too long," Idalski said of Jakobsen's absence from the scoring sheet. "That's someone who we needed to produce and we're looking for to carry us a little bit; so to get her going, getting her to shoot the puck and to have her playing with confidence is huge for us going forward."

Hirschy got the scoring started for North Dakota a little more than six minutes into the game, after Amy Menke set her up for a one-timer from the slot.

In the second period, Kayla Gardner scored her first of the season to extend the lead to 2-0. Shannon Kaiser fed her for another one-timer on the rush and Marissa Salo picked up her first career assist on the play.

The special-teams goal from Jakobsen marked the end of a 10-game scoring drought for UND's power play, and gave the team a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission. A little more than five minutes into the third, Hirschy scored her second of the night off of the rebound of Becca Kohler's initial shot.

Kohler then got on the board herself midway through the period to make it a 5-0 game. It was her third point of the game, which led the team. St. Cloud State's Lexi Slattery traded goals with Jakobsen within the remaining four minutes of the game to bring the final score to 6-1.

SCSU goaltender Julie Friend made 34 saves in the game as UND outshot the Huskies by a two-to-one margin. For North Dakota, Shelby Amsley-Benzie picked up her fourth win of the season with a 19-save performance.

North Dakota concludes its homestand tomorrow with a second game against St. Cloud State at 2 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.