|1st||7:06||NDK||1-0||EV GW||Becca Kohler (12)||Meghan Dufault/19, Amy Menke/16|
|2nd||17:14||NDK||2-0||EV||Amy Menke (15)||Becca Kohler/12|
|3rd||9:48||NDK||3-0||EV||Layla Marvin (8)||Anna Kilponen/6, Shelby Amsley-Benzie/1|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||6||6||6||18|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (12-15-4)||0/4||1/2||0|
|North Dakota (15-10-5)||0/1||4/8||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (L, 11-15-4)||56:54||3||13||6||4||23|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 13-9-4)||60:00||0||6||6||6||18|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie already owns every goaltending record at UND and she continued to raise the bar Saturday evening; making 18 saves for her 22nd career shutout and eighth of the season, while also picking up her second career assist in a 3-0 win against St. Cloud State at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It was the final home game of the regular season for UND, and the last in the career for the team's eight seniors: Amsley-Benzie, Meghan Dufault, Tanja Eisenschmid, Samantha Hanson, Shannon Kaiser, Becca Kohler, Sam LaShomb and Layla Marvin.
Kohler notched two points off a goal and an assist, while Marvin turned in the games third goal and Dufault recorded an assist on Kohler goal to open the scoring in the first period.
With the win UND improves to 15-10-5 (12-9-5-3 WCHA) on the season, while St. Cloud State drops to 12-15-4 (8-14-4-3 WCHA). With Minnesota Duluth losing both games this weekend, the Huskies remain in fifth place in the league and could potentially return to Grand Forks for the opening round of WCHA playoffs.
After getting shutout by the Huskies the night before, the Fighting Hawks made a point to come out stronger in tonight's effort. UND ended a three-game scoring drought just seven minutes into the first period as Kohler slammed home a backdoor pass from Dufault to put UND on top.
North Dakota out-shot St. Cloud State 14-6 in the first period, but Kohler's goal would be the only tally of the period.
In the second period UND got bogged down with two penalty kills, which allowed the Huskies to gain back some momentum. However, after killing off the second penalty of the period, Amy Menke stepped out of the box and received a pass from Kohler to start a two-on-one with Dufault. Menke took the shot and put it over the glove of Huskies' goaltender Katie Fitzgerald.
Carrying a 2-0 lead into the third period, UND struck once more, this time off the stick of Marvin. After Amsley-Benzie played the puck in her zone, Anna Kilponen moved the puck up ice to Marvin who then drove to the net and chipped the puck over Fitzgerald for her eighth goal of the season.
The Fighting Hawks were award only one power play in the contest, coming in the second period, but were unable to capitalize on it. UND did successfully kill all five penalties it was assessed over the weekend, including four in tonight's game.
North Dakota hits the road to close out the regular season, taking on Ohio State next weekend, Feb. 19-20, in Columbus, Ohio.