|1st||4:56||NDK||1-0||EV||Layla Marvin (9)||Charly Dahlquist/5, Gracen Hirschy/5|
|2nd||12:41||NDK||2-0||EV GW||Meghan Dufault (10)||Becca Kohler/13, Amy Menke/19|
|2nd||12:59||NDK||3-0||EV||Becca Kohler (14)||Meghan Dufault/21, Amy Menke/20|
|2nd||15:38||NDK||4-0||EV||Sam LaShomb (3)||Layla Marvin/6, Charly Dahlquist/6|
|2nd||19:37||NDK||5-0||EV||Meghan Dufault (11)||Halli Krzyzaniak/11, Anna Kilponen/8|
|3rd||6:58||STC||1-5||PP||Brittney Anderson (4)||Julia Tylke/15, Molly Illikainen/15|
|3rd||19:19||NDK||6-1||EV||Amy Menke (17)||Becca Kohler/14, Meghan Dufault/22|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||1||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||3||8||16|
|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)||60:00||6||5||11||12||28|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 15-10-4)||59:41||1||5||3||7||15|
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).