Menke Scores Hat Trick as North Dakota Tops Minnesota Duluth, 4-3
Junior forward Amy Menke scores hat trick for North Dakota

Junior forward Amy Menke scored a hat trick for North Dakota
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 13:12  MND1-0 SH Lara Stalder (7) -
2nd 14:45  NDK1-1 PP Amy Menke (9)Layla Marvin/1, Meghan Dufault/8
2nd 15:05  NDK2-1 EV Amy Menke (10)Meghan Dufault/9, Becca Kohler/6
2nd 19:00  MND2-2 EV Michela Cava (5)Lara Stalder/3, Ashleigh Brykaliuk/8
3rd 2:40  MND3-2 PP Ashleigh Brykaliuk (4)Michela Cava/3, Jessica Healey/3
3rd 9:17  NDK3-3 SH Amy Menke (11)Becca Kohler/7
3rd 10:18  NDK4-3 EV GW Shannon Kaiser (1)Gracen Hirschy/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Duluth  0213
North Dakota  0224
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Duluth  98421
North Dakota  118524
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Duluth (4-9-0)  1/3 2/4 1
North Dakota (8-3-2)  1/2 3/6 1
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Maddie Rooney (L, 2-6-0)59:084 116320
Empty Net0:520     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 6-2-1)60:003 96318

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Junior Amy Menke netted her first career hat trick to help the University of North Dakota women's hockey team come back and earn a 4-3 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Fighting Hawks improve to 8-3-2 (6-3-2-1 WCHA), while the Bulldogs fall to 4-9-0 (2-7-0-0 WCHA).

Extending her career-best point streak to eight games, Menke now has 11 goals and two assists for 13 points over that stretch.

Linemate Becca Kohler is also riding a career-best six-game point streak, as her two assists tonight give her seven points in that span.

Menke's first two goals came 20 seconds apart to help UND erase its first deficit in the second period. After the Bulldogs scored shorthanded to get on the board first, Menke put in a rebound on that same power play just over a minute and a half later to tie the score at 1-1.

The Fighting Hawks then took the lead on Menke's second goal of the night immediately after. Meghan Dufault fed her a pass on a 2-on-1, and Menke wasted no time firing off a one-timer for a 2-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs would capitalize with a minute left in the frame, and the two teams headed into the intermission locked in a 2-2 tie

It was Minnesota Duluth who would again strike first in the final frame. Ashleigh Brykaliuk scored on the power play less than three minutes into the period.

About halfway through the third, UND again found itself down a player, but Menke won the race to a loose puck to earn a breakaway for herself. In alone on UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney, Menke found the back of the net for the third time in the game to tie it up at 3-3.

It only took another 1:01 until the Fighting Hawks would regain the lead for the final time. Shannon Kaiser came away with the puck from the corner and took it to the net, slipping it past Rooney to put UND ahead, 4-3.

Searching for an equalizer, the Bulldogs pulled Rooney with 32 seconds left in regulation, but North Dakota held on to complete the comeback effort.

Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie picked up the win in net for the Fighting Hawks with 18 saves on the night. She blanked Minnesota Duluth with nine saves in the opening frame to help keep the game scoreless going into the first intermission.

UND is undefeated in 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Bulldogs, posting an 8-1-3 record in that time.

With the power-play goal tonight, the Fighting Hawks are three-for-five with the player advantage in the last two games.

North Dakota will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. (CT) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.