|2nd||9:07||NDK||1-0||EV||Samantha Hanson (3)||Meghan Dufault/19|
|2nd||19:22||OSU||1-1||EV||Kayla Sullivan (6)||Danielle Gagne/12, Sara Schmitt/17|
|OT3||3:17||NDK||2-1||EV GW||Amy Menke (15)||Meghan Dufault/20, Becca Kohler/19|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (17-16-3)||0/2||7/14||0|
|North Dakota (22-11-3)||0/4||5/10||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||O1||O2||O3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (L, 9-11-0)||103:17||2||7||4||7||4||14||4||40|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||O1||O2||O3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 18-6-3)||103:17||1||5||2||6||14||8||1||36|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- In a series that many thought would go to a third game, the pundits were nearly right as North Dakota played 17 minutes shy of two games on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 2-1 triple-overtime win against Ohio State to sweep the best-of-three WCHA quarterfinal series.
Sophomore forward Amy Menke scored the game-winning goal a little more than three minutes into the third overtime period. Locked in a 1-1 stalemate, Becca Kohler fed the puck up to Meghan Dufault to create a two-on-one for her and Menke. Dufault passed it over to Menke, who buried it past OSU goaltender Kassidy Sauve for the victory.
It was the longest collegiate game in Ralph Engelstad Arena history, officially lasting 103 minutes, 17 seconds.
Dufault posted a two-point night for UND, assisting on both goals and picking up her 100th career point on the game-winner. She now leads the team in assists with 20 and leads the team in scoring with 32 points.
UND is now 22-11-3 on the season and moves on to next weekend's Final Face-Off, which it will host at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
After a scoreless first period, defenseman Samantha Hanson got the scoring started for UND nearly halfway through the second. She took a snapshot from the top of the circle that beat Sauve high-glove for the 1-0 lead. However, Ohio State responded with only 38 seconds remaining in the period to knot things up.
Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie was key in the win, making 14 saves in the first overtime period to hold the Buckeyes off the board. UND responded with some pressure of its own in the second overtime, outshooting OSU 14-8, but the game was still locked in a tie after two extra periods of play.
Amsley-Benzie finished the day with 36 saves and improved her record to 18-6-3. Sauve had 40 stops in net for Ohio State.
The WCHA Final Face-Off begins Saturday, March 7. Puck drop for the first semifinal is set for 2 p.m. (CT), while the second semifinal will begin at 5 p.m.