|1st||13:34||NDK||1-0||EV GW||Layla Marvin (3)||Halli Krzyzaniak/4, Amy Menke/8|
|2nd||13:53||NDK||2-0||PS||Meghan Dufault (4)||-|
|3rd||18:13||NDK||3-0||EV EN||Gracen Hirschy (2)||-|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||1||2||3||6|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (5-1-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State (2-5-0)||0/2||3/6||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 3-0-1)||60:00||0||1||2||3||6|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (L, 1-5-0)||58:47||2||9||11||13||33|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated St. Cloud State, 3-0, behind a strong defensive effort on Friday night at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
UND yielded just six shots on goal to the Huskies, and goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie picked up her second shutout of the season as UND improves to 5-1-1 (3-1-1-1 WHCA) on the season. St. Cloud now falls to 2-5-0 (0-5-0-0 WCHA) with the loss; having been shutout in the previous five contests.
With only conceding six shots to the Huskies, UND's defensive effort tied the second fewest shots on goal that SCSU had had in a game this season.
As Amsley-Benzie earned her 16th career shutout, on the other end of the ice St. Cloud State goaltender Katie FItzgerald made 33 saves in an effort that kept UND from running up the score. Fitzgerald stopped numerous grade-A scoring chances by UND, including a backdoor one-timer by Gracen Hirschy in the third period.
North Dakota got on the board in the first period with a redirection goal. Halli Krzyzaniak lined up a shot from the point and Layla Marvin tipped it past Fitzgerald five hole to score her third goal of the season.
In the second period, Meghan Dufault was tripped while on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. On the attempt, Dufault skated down the center of the ice and shot a bobbling puck bar down over the glove of Fitzgerald to net her fourth goal of the season.
As the game wore on, Fitzgerald turned away all of the UND attacks she faced to help keep her squad within striking distance. In the final minutes of play, Fitzgerald was replaced with an extra attacker in hopes of breaking SCSU's scoring drought. However, Hirschy stole the puck away in the offensive zone and promptly put the puck into the empty net to seal the victory for UND.
Besides the penalty-shot goal, special teams were lacking in the game as both sides went 0-2 on power-play chances.
North Dakota out-shot St. Cloud State, 36-6, while the Huskies blocked an additional 18 shots for Fitzgerald and UND's defense helped out in front of Amsley-Benzie with eight blocked shots.