|1st||4:29||MIN||1-0||EV||Caitlin Reilly (3)||Milica McMillen/7, Sophie Skarzynski/1|
|1st||11:23||MIN||2-0||PP GW||Milica McMillen (4)||Cara Piazza/7, Hannah Brandt/10|
|1st||16:48||MIN||3-0||EV||Kate Schipper (4)||Cara Piazza/8, Kelly Pannek/9|
|2nd||8:05||MIN||4-0||EV||Nina Rodgers (2)||Sophie Skarzynski/2|
|3rd||2:25||NDK||1-4||PP||Becca Kohler (4)||Amy Menke/9, Meghan Dufault/4|
|3rd||6:23||MIN||5-1||EV||Megan Wolfe (2)||Kate Schipper/10, Kelly Pannek/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (5-2-2)||1/3||3/6||0|
|Amanda Leveille (W, 7-0-0)||60:00||1||7||8||3||18|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 3-1-1)||60:00||5||12||4||3||19|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The No. 7/8 University of North Dakota women's hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 1 Minnesota on Thursday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND was unable to climb out of an early 3-0 hole after the first period, and fell to 5-2-2 (3-2-2-1 WCHA) on the season. Minnesota (9-0-0, 7-0-0-0 WCHA) remains perfect, improving to 9-0-0 (7-0-0-0 WCHA).
The Gophers pushed early to set the tone for the night, outshooting North Dakota 15-7 in the first period and jumping out to a three-goal lead. They got the scoring started with a breakaway goal, and then added a power-play marker a little more than halfway through the frame. Before the end of the period, they capitalized on some extended zone time to make it a 3-0 lead.
The second period saw UND settle in a little bit more, limiting Minnesota to one goal on five shots. Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie came up with several big saves to keep the puck out of the net, including a glove save on Cara Piazza on the back-door rebound and a sliding pad stop on Hannah Brandt.
North Dakota outshot the Gophers, 8-5, in that second period, and earned a power play by the end of it, but Minnesota headed into the intermission holding a 4-0 advantage.
UND's increased offensive efforts paid off less than three minutes into the third. Becca Kohler put in a rebound on the power play to get the team on the board with her fourth goal of the season, tying for the team lead.
The Gophers regained its four-goal advantage just a few minutes later, and held off North Dakota's offense off the board for the rest of the game to skate to a 5-1 finish.
With an assist on Kohler's third-period goal, junior Amy Menke picked up her ninth helper and 12th point of the season, extending her team lead in both categories.
Amsley-Benzie stopped 19 shots in the effort, while Amanda Leveille stopped 18 of 19 in the win for Minnesota.
Both teams return to the ice at 7:07 p.m. (CT) on Friday for Pack the Ralph night.