|3rd||12:58||MND||1-0||PP GW||Meghan Huertas (1)||Zoe Hickel/2, Jenna McParland/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (2-4-2)||1/4||4/8||0|
|North Dakota (4-2-0)||0/3||5/10||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kayla Black (W, 2-4-2)||60:00||0||7||5||4||16|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (L, 3-1-0)||58:22||1||12||8||10||30|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota's women's hockey team fell to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon, 1-0, at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"I was a little bit miffed by our legs today, I thought that we'd be a little bit better skating-wise, especially in the third period," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Defensively, I thought we were terrific all weekend. I thought we did a great job of selling-out, blocking shots and defending really well. Offensively, we have to be a little more opportunistic, when we have our opportunities."
It was the sixth game in a row between the two sides that has been decided by one or fewer goals, and the 1-0 decision snaps a nine-game winless streak for the Bulldogs against North Dakota. UND is now 4-2-0 (3-1-0-0 WCHA) with the loss, while Minnesota Duluth improves to 2-4-2 (1-4-1-1 WCHA).
Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie was again outstanding for North Dakota, making 30 saves to keep things even for UND throughout the game's first two periods and most of the third. In all, she made 56 saves on the weekend to help North Dakota earn the split.
Despite the play of Amsley-Benzie, Minnesota Duluth's Meghan Huertas slipped one past her on the power play more than halfway through the third. Huertas' tally was the first power play marker UND has given up all season, killing off 23 consecutive penalties, through five games, to start the year.
With an extra attacker on the ice for North Dakota, the Bulldogs staved off some late pressure in the final seconds to hold onto the 1-0 victory.
UND returns to action next weekend on the road against Minnesota, Oct. 24-25. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. on Friday night at Ridder Arena.