North Dakota Earns Weekend Sweep With 3-1 Win Over St. Cloud State
Junior forward Meghan Dufault posts goal and two assists for North Dakota

Junior forward Meghan Dufault had a goal and two assists for North Dakota
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:54  NDK1-0 PP Meghan Dufault (6)Gracen Hirschy/4, Halli Krzyzaniak/5
2nd 8:12  NDK2-0 EV GW Becca Kohler (8)Amy Menke/6, Meghan Dufault/9
2nd 11:01  STC1-2 PP Vanessa Spataro (2)Brittney Anderson/3, Alexandra Makaric/2
3rd 10:08  NDK3-1 EV Amy Menke (4)Becca Kohler/11, Meghan Dufault/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
St. Cloud State  0101
North Dakota  1113
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
St. Cloud State  18918
North Dakota  1413734
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
St. Cloud State (5-11-1)  1/5 6/12 0
North Dakota (7-7-2)  1/3 8/16 0
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Katie Fitzgerald (L, 1-5-1)58:223 1312631
Empty Net1:380     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Lexie Shaw (W, 3-3-0)60:001 17917

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The forward line of Meghan Dufault, Becca Kohler and Amy Menke powered North Dakota's offense to a 3-1 win against St. Cloud State Sunday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Dufault had a hand in each UND goal, scoring the opening goal on the power play, while Kohler and Menke traded goals and assists on the final two UND tallies.

"They're creating offense and finishing plays," head coach Brian Idalski said of the line. "I thought we came out and had a pretty good first period; we were playing well and executing."

After conceding 12 out of a total of 20 shots on goal to St. Cloud State in the final period of play on Saturday, North Dakota came out looking to make a statement on Sunday. UND did just that, outshooting St. Cloud State 14-1 in the first period.

However, UND only managed to score one goal in the first frame, which came on a five-on-three power play by Dufault. Goaltender Katie Fitzgerald looked solid in net for the Huskies, as she turned aside 13 shots to keep it 1-0 at the first intermission.

North Dakota controlled play to start the second period and after eight minutes in found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. Kohler received the puck in the corner of the offensive zone before walking in on net and punching in her own rebound for her eighth goal of the season.

After dominating play for the first 30 minutes, North Dakota's play began to get a bit sloppy, and a slew of penalties against UND let the Huskies gain back some momentum.

"I thought we kind of got the goal and right after that, we started standing still and curling, but I think we hopefully learned a little bit of a lesson," Idalski commented. "You can't turn it on and turn it off. Overall we did what we needed to do to win the hockey game."

North Dakota was assessed a total of five penalties in the second period after taking the two-goal lead, giving St. Cloud State two power-play chances as three of the UND penalties were matched by SCSU penalties.

Just past the halfway point of the second, St. Cloud State scored five seconds into its first power play after conceding the second goal to UND. The Huskies continued to gain momentum off the sloppy play in the period and began to generate more shots on net, as UND only outshot SCSU 13-8 in the second.

St. Cloud State took their momentum from the end of the second into the third and outshot UND 9-7 in the period. However, UND sophomore goalie Lexie Shaw stood tall under the added pressure and kept the Huskies from scoring.

After two more power-play opportunities by the Huskies in the third period, Shaw ended the night with more than half of her saves coming on the penalty kill, making nine saves shorthanded while turning in 17 saves for the night.

Halfway through the third period, Dufault's line finished its scoring production with an even-strength goal to seal the win. Menke received the puck from Kohler in the corner while circling towards the net. The sophomore then fired the puck off the arm of Fitzgerald for her fourth goal of the season and her seventh point in four games.

North Dakota hits the road next weekend, taking on No. 3 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Friday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. (CT), and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.