Dufault's Four Points Help North Dakota Defeat St. Cloud State, 6-1
Senior forward Meghan Dufault has two goals and two assists for Fighting Hawks

Senior forward Meghan Dufault had two goals and two assists for the Fighting Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:56  NDK1-0 EV Layla Marvin (9)Charly Dahlquist/5, Gracen Hirschy/5
2nd 12:41  NDK2-0 EV GW Meghan Dufault (10)Becca Kohler/13, Amy Menke/19
2nd 12:59  NDK3-0 EV Becca Kohler (14)Meghan Dufault/21, Amy Menke/20
2nd 15:38  NDK4-0 EV Sam LaShomb (3)Layla Marvin/6, Charly Dahlquist/6
2nd 19:37  NDK5-0 EV Meghan Dufault (11)Halli Krzyzaniak/11, Anna Kilponen/8
3rd 6:58  STC1-5 PP Brittney Anderson (4)Julia Tylke/15, Molly Illikainen/15
3rd 19:19  NDK6-1 EV Amy Menke (17)Becca Kohler/14, Meghan Dufault/22
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
St. Cloud State  0011
North Dakota  1416
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
St. Cloud State  53816
North Dakota  6151334
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
St. Cloud State (13-17-4)  1/1 1/2 0
North Dakota (17-11-5)  0/1 1/2 0
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Katie Fitzgerald (L, 12-17-4)60:006 5111228
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 15-10-4)59:411 53715
Empty Net0:190     

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Saving the best for last, the UND women's hockey team scored a season-high six goals to begin the postseason with a 6-1 routing of St. Cloud State on Friday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

It was also North Dakota's largest margin of victory this season, as the Fighting Hawks take the one-game lead in the best-of-three first-round playoff series.

Senior forward Meghan Dufault led the way for UND, notching four points in the contest off of two goals and two assists. The forward line of Becca Kohler, Amy Menke, and Dufault contributed a total of 10 points, as the trio scored four goals and combined for six assists.

Senior forward Layla Marvin started off the scoring for the Fighting Hawks, netting her ninth goal of the season on UND's first shot of the game.

After a fairly uneventful first period, barring the Marvin goal, North Dakota's offense exploded in the second period. UND dominated the middle frame, netting four goals and out-shooting the Huskies 15-3.

The line of Dufault, Kohler and Menke scored two goals within 18 seconds midway through the period to put UND up 3-0. Dufault scored the first of the pair and Kohler scored the second, while Menke assisted on both.

Less than three minutes later, senior defenseman Sam LaShomb got in on the scoring, wristing a shot past Huskies' goaltender Katie Fitzgerald for her third goal of the season.

UND was looking to carry a 4-0 lead into the second intermission, but with 23 seconds remaining in the period, Halli Krzyzaniak fired a shot from the point that was redirected by Dufault into the back of the net, marking the second time this season that UND has scored five goals in a game.

The first penalty of the game was then assessed five minutes into the third period and went against North Dakota. While on the power play, the Huskies created a scramble in front of Shelby Amsley-Benzie and even after stopping three shots in the fury, the puck slipped into the back of the net to get St. Cloud State on the board.

With the game coming to a close, Menke was able to add a goal to her trio of assists with 41 seconds remaining in the game. Menke crashed the net to bury a rebound from Kohler to score her 17th goal of the season.

Amsley-Benzie finished the contest with 15 saves, conceding only the lone power-play goal to the Huskies. Fitzgerald ended with 28 saves in the losing effort.

The Fighting Hawks look to close out the playoff series against St. Cloud State, and punch its ticket to a sixth-consecutive WCHA Final Face-Off appearance, in game two tomorrow at 2:37 p.m. (CT).