|2nd||6:54||NDK||1-0||PP GW||Becca Kohler (8)||Halli Krzyzaniak/6, Amy Menke/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (10-5-2)||1/2||2/4||0|
|Bemidji State (12-5-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 8-4-1)||59:47||0||4||7||10||21|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (L, 12-5-1)||58:55||1||14||4||3||21|
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie seems to have Bemidji State's number. The senior from Warroad, Minn., made 21 saves for her second-consecutive shutout against the No. 5/6 Beavers, helping the No. 9 UND women's hockey team to a 1-0 win on the road Friday night.
After tying and dropping an overtime decision to Bemidji State back in October, the two sides looked just as closely contested in Friday's match.
"(Both series) have been pretty tight, one goal, and the tie was zero-zero," head coach Brian Idalski said after Friday's contest. "Not a lot of room out there, not a lot of open ice, tough to get clean looks, and really just more of a physical, grinding game than anything else. It's always tough to play them and it's always been a close game and today was no different."
North Dakota jumped out to a strong start, outshooting the Beavers, 14-4, in the first period. However, by the time the final whistle blew, UND only held a 22-21 advantage in shots and even the shots attempted where just a close, 47-46 UND.
"I thought we did a nice job," Idalski said. "We made it a point of emphasis to go back to some basics defensively and I thought we did that today. I thought we were pretty solid."
With both teams playing so closely five-on-five, it wasn't surprising that the lone goal of the night would be scored on the power play.
Early in the second period, Bemidji State was called for its first penalty of the game and UND went on the advantage looking to capitalize.
Working the puck in the offensive zone, Becca Kohler got the puck along the half boards from Halli Krzyzaniak at the point. Kohler then walked in on goal and fired a shot that clipped BSU netminder Brittni Mowat before going top shelf for her eighth goal of the season. It was also Kohler's third consecutive goal and fourth in three games.
On the other end of the night, Amsley-Benzie tracked the puck well all night to pick up her 18th career shutout. She helped UND kill off two penalties and also made a total of 10 saves in the third period alone.
North Dakota and Bemidji State finish off their regular-season series with a game at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. (CT).