Minnesota Skates Past North Dakota, 5-1
Senior defenseman Milica McMillen and junior forward Kate Schipper each post goal and assist for Gophers

Senior defenseman Milica McMillen had a goal and an assist for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:29  MIN1-0 EV Caitlin Reilly (3)Milica McMillen/7, Sophie Skarzynski/1
1st 11:23  MIN2-0 PP GW Milica McMillen (4)Cara Piazza/7, Hannah Brandt/10
1st 16:48  MIN3-0 EV Kate Schipper (4)Cara Piazza/8, Kelly Pannek/9
2nd 8:05  MIN4-0 EV Nina Rodgers (2)Sophie Skarzynski/2
3rd 2:25  NDK1-4 PP Becca Kohler (4)Amy Menke/9, Meghan Dufault/4
3rd 6:23  MIN5-1 EV Megan Wolfe (2)Kate Schipper/10, Kelly Pannek/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota  3115
North Dakota  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota  155424
North Dakota  78419
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (9-0-0)  1/2 4/8 0
North Dakota (5-2-2)  1/3 3/6 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 7-0-0)60:001 78318
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 3-1-1)60:005 124319

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.