Minnesota, North Dakota Skate to 0-0 Tie, Fighting Hawks Win Shootout
Senior netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie makes 25 saves for Fighting Hawks

Senior netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 25 saves for the Fighting Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
North Dakota  00000
Minnesota  00000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
North Dakota  11124128
Minnesota  6810125
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
North Dakota (14-9-5)  0/2 2/4 0
Minnesota (25-3-1)  0/2 2/4 0
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (T, 12-8-4)65:000 6810125
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Amanda Leveille (T, 19-3-1)65:000 11124128

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Amanda Leveille earned a 28-save shutout as the No. 3 Golden Gophers and No. 8 Fighting Hawks skated to a scoreless overtime tie at Ridder Arena Saturday evening. North Dakota picked up an extra point in the WCHA standings with a shootout victory.

UND (14-9-5, 11-8-5-3 WCHA) won the 11-round shootout, 2-1. Amy Menke scored on the first shootout attempt, and Amanda Kessel scored for the Gophers in the second round to tie it at 1-1. Charly Dahlquist then scored the shootout-winner for the Fighting Hawks in the 11th round.

"Well, it was a really a good hockey game tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was exciting certainly for the fans and both teams. You know, both teams had a tough time scoring in regulation; both goalies played well. Both teams competed hard and weren't able to find the back of the net until the shootout. Unfortunately, we had plenty of chances there, probably eight or nine chances to win it. Lev did a great job in the shootout, shutting the door there."

UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie earned a 25-save shutout for the Fighting Hawks. Meanwhile, Leveille earned her second-straight shutout after holding UND scoreless in a 3-0 win in game one of the series with 29 saves.

"Throughout Lev's career, particularly in shootouts, she's exceptional," Frost said. "Today reminds me a lot of, I think it was last year against Ohio State. They had chances to win the shootout through a bunch of rounds, and we couldn't find a way. I thought both goalies played well. It's unfortunate that we couldn't grab that extra point tonight."

Both teams were scoreless on two power-play opportunities in the scoreless tie. The game marked the first-ever tie between Minnesota and UND as the Gophers lead the all-time series, 48-8-1 after a win and a tie this weekend.

The game marked the first time Minnesota (25-3-1, 20-3-1-0 WCHA) has been shut out this year and just the third time this season the Gophers have been outshot as UND had a 28-25 advantage in shots on goal.

With four regular-season league games remaining for all eight WCHA teams, second-place Minnesota trails WCHA leader Wisconsin (28-1-1, 22-1-1-1 WCHA) by seven points, 68-61.

The Gophers travel to Minnesota Duluth (12-17-1, 9-14-1-0 WCHA) next weekend before hosting their border rivals in the regular-season finale at Ridder Arena, Feb. 19-20.