Minnesota Edges North Dakota, 3-1, to Split Weekend Series
Sophomore forward Kate Schipper posts two assists for Gophers

Sophomore forward Kate Schipper registered two assists for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:17  NDK1-0 EV Josefine Jakobsen (11)Jordan Hampton/6
1st 12:42  MIN1-1 PP Dani Cameranesi (18)Lee Stecklein/17, Kate Schipper/9
2nd 2:06  MIN2-1 EV GW Hannah Brandt (25)Kate Schipper/10
2nd 12:11  MIN3-1 PP Rachel Ramsey (7)Maryanne Menefee/16, Milica McMillen/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota  1203
North Dakota  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota  13191345
North Dakota  97218
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (25-2-4)  2/5 3/6 0
North Dakota (16-11-3)  0/1 7/14 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 20-2-3)59:581 87217
Empty Net0:020     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 12-6-3)59:343 12171342
Empty Net0:260     

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 8 North Dakota women's hockey team drew first blood, but No. 2 Minnesota battled back to force a weekend split, as UND fell, 3-1, to the Gophers on Saturday evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"I thought we played okay; I thought Minnesota executed a little better," head coach Brian Idalski said after the game. "They made a couple of adjustments on the power play. They got a lot more pucks to the net today and were able to get a couple of power-play goals."

The loss ends a seven-game undefeated streak for North Dakota (16-11-3, 12-9-3-2 WCHA) and marks the first time UND has given up more than two goals since November. UND remains in fourth place, one point behind Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs play later tonight at Wisconsin, and could potentially move up four points ahead of UND.

Rolling with the momentum from yesterday's 3-0 win, North Dakota jumped out to an early one-goal lead.

Just one minute and 17 seconds into the start of the game, Josefine Jakobsen got the puck in the high slot and fired a wrister that beat Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille glove side. It was the second goal for Jakobsen on the weekend, as she scored the game's second goal, in a similar spot on the ice, in Friday's win.

North Dakota continued to control a good portion of the play in the first period, but slowly, Minnesota started creating its own momentum to take the game back.

The Gophers got on the board, scoring their first goal of the weekend, with just six seconds remaining on their first power play of the game. Minnesota would take the 1-1 scoreline into the first intermission before sealing the win in the second period.

The major turning point in the game came in the opening minutes of the second frame when Minnesota scored off a turnover behind the UND net. North Dakota had trouble breaking out of its end and got pinned along the boards behind goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie. The Gophers' Kate Schipper fought for the puck on the end boards and slipped the puck to the front of the net to a wide open Hannah Brandt, who then scored to give Minnesota its first lead of the weekend.

Later in the period, Minnesota went on its second power play of the game and scored just 18 seconds into the advantage to take the two-goal lead.

With a two-goal deficit, North Dakota tried to get back in the saddle, but Minnesota proved to be too strong. The Gophers outshot UND a combined 32-9 in the second and third periods.

UND did kill off three more Minnesota power-play opportunities before the end of the contest.

Amsley-Benzie made a total of 42 saves, including 20 saves on the penalty kill.

North Dakota hits the road next weekend, Feb. 13-14, to take on St. Cloud State. The first game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (CT), with the finale starting at 3 p.m.