|1st||17:58||NDK||1-0||EV||Samantha Hanson (1)||Becca Kohler/9, Kayla Gardner/2|
|2nd||10:06||NDK||2-0||EV GW||Amy Menke (13)||Meghan Dufault/13|
|3rd||18:45||MND||1-2||EV EA||Sidney Morin (3)||Ashleigh Brykaliuk/18, Lara Stalder/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (12-6-3)||0/0||2/4||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (9-13-1)||0/2||0/0||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 10-5-2)||60:00||1||8||4||9||21|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Karissa Grapp (L, 0-2-0)||58:12||2||10||9||6||25|
DULUTH, Minn. - Perhaps no opponent so far this season has been more of a problem for the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team than early game urgency.
The Bulldogs, despite rallying late in the third period, fell 2-1 to the No. 8/9 University of North Dakota Friday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena. The loss is the third-straight for the Bulldogs, who trail the FIghting Hawks in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings by 12 points in sixth place.
"We didn't show enough urgency until the last five minutes of the game and it cost us", said assistant coach Laura Bellamy after the game. "The focus now has to be salvaging the series and getting those three points because we really don't want them gaining any more ground in the standings. They are a good team and I think we are very evenly matched with them, but the difference needs to be our speed and today we just didn't use it enough to make it be the difference."
North Dakota broke through what had been an even first period at the 17:58 mark on a rebound goal by Samantha Hanson. The late stanza tally gave the Fighting Hawks a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after owning a shots on goal advantage of 11-8.
Midway through the second period, North Dakota doubled that lead on a Amy Menke goal that hit the crossbar and went straight down behind UMD senior goaltender Karissa Grapp.
The Bulldogs, who put just four shots on frame in the second period, forced a contest late in the third period, but it wasn't until UMD pulled Grapp for the extra skater that the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard. Junior defenseman Sidney Morin scored her second goal in as many games, beating UND netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie over her shoulder to cut the Fighting Hawk lead in half at 2-1 with 1:15 remaining in the skate. UMD's rally lasted until the final horn, a fast and furious finish, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs, who outshot North Dakota 10-6 in the third period.
Grapp, making the first consecutive starts of her collegiate career, made 25 saves for the Bulldogs, while Amsley-Benzie turned away 21 for the Fighting Hawks, who improve to 12-6-3 overall and 9-5-3 in the WCHA.
UMD (9-13-1, 6-10-1) will finish up its series with North Dakota tomorrow afternoon with a 3:07 p.m. puck drop.
BULLDOG NOTES: With an assist Friday, junior forward Asheligh Brykaliuk has now amassed a career-long scoring streak of nine games...Over those nine games, Brykaliuk has recorded five goals and 10 assists for 15 points...junior forward Lara Stalder, who had the other assist on Morin's goal, has registered 12 points (4g, 8a) over her last seven outings.