|1st||1:10||NDK||1-0||EV||Becca Kohler (15)||Amy Menke/21|
|1st||4:19||NDK||2-0||EV GW||Meghan Dufault (12)||Becca Kohler/15, Sam LaShomb/4|
|2nd||10:11||STC||1-2||PP||Vanessa Spataro (3)||Payge Pena/8, Lauren Hespenheide/4|
|3rd||6:19||NDK||3-1||EV||Becca Kohler (16)||Meghan Dufault/23, Samantha Hanson/8|
|3rd||13:32||NDK||4-1||EV||Amy Menke (18)||Sam LaShomb/5, Samantha Hanson/9|
|3rd||13:46||NDK||5-1||EV EN||Amy Menke (19)||Anna Kilponen/9, Halli Krzyzaniak/12|
|3rd||15:16||NDK||6-1||EV EN||Charly Dahlquist (1)||Layla Marvin/7|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||0||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||3||12||8||23|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (13-18-4)||1/1||2/4||0|
|North Dakota (18-11-5)||0/2||1/2||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (L, 12-18-4)||58:41||4||11||4||8||23|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 16-10-4)||59:47||1||3||11||8||22|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Clinching its sixth-straight WCHA Final Face-Off appearance, the University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated St. Cloud State, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With the sweep, the Fighting Hawks are now 12-1 in first-round playoff games since 2010-11. It also marks the first weekend sweep of the season since Jan. 15-16.
North Dakota improves to 18-11-5 on the season and will enter the 2016 Final Face-Off as the tournaments third seed, as Minnesota Duluth upset Bemidji State in the three-five series this weekend.
It was UND's top forward line that led the way again. The trio of Meghan Dufault, Becca Kohler and Amy Menke totaled eight points in the contest, scoring five of the six goals. They also did take long to get things rolling, as Kohler opened up the scoring on the line's first shift on the ice.
Kohler collected the puck from Menke at the left face-off circle, danced around a St. Cloud State defenseman and roofed the puck over Huskies' goalie Katie Fitzgerald just 1:10 into the game.
Just more than three minutes later, the line was back at it, this time feeding Dufault up the ice, who then rang a shot in off the cross bar to give UND a 2-0 lead before the game's five-minute mark.
The Fighting Hawks dominated the Huskies in the first period, out-shooting them 13-3 in the frame. However, the Huskies were undeterred and turned the tables on UND in the second.
St. Cloud State responded by out-shooting UND, 12-4, in the second; and the hard work paid off in the form of a power-play goal midway through the period. The Huskies Spataro scored a back-door goal to cut UND's lead in half. It was also the Huskies second power-play goal of the season.
Then in the third period, the line of Dufault, Kohler and Menke got back at it.
Kohler scored her second of the game six minutes into period, while linemate Menke scored her second of the weekend on a breakaway goal seven minutes later.
With just 6:28 potentially remaining in the season for St. Cloud State, and looking to climb out of a three-goal deficit, the Huskies decided to opt for an extra attacker with an empty net.
After scoring the breakaway goal, Menke got the puck again just 14 seconds later and scored on the empty net to put UND up 5-1.
SCSU continued to push forward with an empty net, which gave an opening to Charly Dahlquist to score her first collegiate goal with under five minutes to play.
North Dakota played out the final minutes to hold onto the 6-1 win.
UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 22 stops in the contest. She totaled 37 saves on the weekend without conceding an even-strength goal to the Huskies.
North Dakota will play in the semifinals at the 2016 WCHA Final Face-Off on Saturday, March 5, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The two semifinals are set for 2 p.m. (CT) and 5 p.m. The championship game will be held Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m.