|1st||19:00||NDK||1-0||PP GW||Josefine Jakobsen (13)||Sam LaShomb/3, Tanja Eisenschmid/8|
|2nd||18:12||NDK||2-0||EV||Amy Menke (13)||Becca Kohler/17, Halli Krzyzaniak/10|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||8||9||22|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (18-11-3)||1/2||6/12||0|
|St. Cloud State (6-25-1)||0/5||3/6||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 14-6-3)||59:57||0||5||8||9||22|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Julie Friend (L, 4-15-0)||55:35||2||10||13||13||36|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie posted back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season to help the University of North Dakota women's hockey team complete a road sweep over St. Cloud State on Saturday afternoon at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
UND captured the 2-0 victory against St. Cloud State, improving to 18-11-3 (14-9-3-2 WCHA) to maintain its third-place position in the conference standings heading into the final weekend of regular-season play. The Huskies fell to 6-25-1 (3-21-1-1 WCHA) and remain in seventh place.
In the win, Amsley-Benzie set a new career-best shutout streak of 147 minutes, 20 seconds, and has posted shutouts in six of her last 10 starts.
North Dakota's special teams again played a big role in the win, as the team went 1-for-2 with the player advantage and killed off all five SCSU power plays.
UND's power-play goal was scored by junior forward Josefine Jakobsen, who extended her scoring streak to six games. Jakobsen got North Dakota on the board with just one minute remaining in the first period. After a point shot from Sam LaShomb left a rebound in front, Jakobsen got her stick on it first and had enough room below the crossbar to roof it past Huskies' goaltender Julie Friend.
Jakobsen now has five goals and two assists over this six-game stretch, which ties the longest scoring streak of her career. She had six goals and 11 points over six games from Nov. 18, 2012, to Dec. 8, 2012. Jakobsen also extended her power-play point streak to four games with the goal.
UND carried the 1-0 lead into the second period and found another late goal to extend it. With 1:48 remaining in the middle frame, Halli Krzyzaniak fed a pass up to Becca Kohler to create a 2-on-1 opportunity. Kohler connected with Amy Menke on the back-door to double the UND lead to 2-0.
Amsley-Benzie and the penalty kill got to work in the third period to keep St. Cloud State off the board and preserve the lead. North Dakota killed off four SCSU power plays in the final period, including one 5-on-3 that lasted 1:34.
Two of those power plays came in the final five minutes of the game, and the Huskies pulled Friend for the six-on-four advantage. Amsley-Benzie turned aside all six shorthanded shots she faced in the game, and the UND penalty killers stood tall and completed the 60-minute effort.
North Dakota returns home next weekend for the final series of the regular season against Minnesota State, Feb. 20-21. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. (CT) on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday.