|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (11-6-3)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (T, 16-1-1)||65:00||0||3||5||5||4||17|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (T, 9-5-2)||65:00||0||10||15||13||3||41|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 1 team in the nation came to town this weekend, and North Dakota goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie shut the door. The senior from Warroad, Minn., made 41 saves to help UND to a 0-0 tie against Wisconsin on Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena, marking the first time since 2012 that the Badgers have been shutout over an entire weekend.
However, Wisconsin ended up winning the ensuing shootout, 2-0, in three rounds to claim the extra point toward conference standings.
Amsley-Benzie totaled 67 saves on the weekend as North Dakota took four out of six points from the Badgers and will now head into the winter break with a 11-6-3 (8-5-3-1 WCHA) record. The Badgers move to 18-1-1 (12-1-1-1 WCHA) on the season with the tie.
With the tie and the win on the weekend, it also marks the first time in program history that UND has not suffered a loss to Wisconsin in a two-game series.
Entering the weekend, the Badgers led the WCHA in scoring margin, as they out-scored their opponents by an average of 4.22 goals per game, totaling 85 goals through 18 games. That all changed after UND pulled off the upset on Friday night, downing Wisconsin 3-0.
North Dakota knew the Badgers would come out hungry, looking to force a weekend split, but Amsley-Benzie and Co. had other ideas.
Wisconsin attempted a total of 80 shots in the contest. Amsley-Benzie stopped all 41 that made their way on net, and her defense in front of her blocked another 26, including a team-high eight blocked shots by Sam LaShomb.
The North Dakota special teams also shined in the scoreless draw, as UND killed off two Wisconsin power plays; the UND PK unit went a perfect 5-for-5 on the weekend.
The shutout is the sixth of the season for Amsley-Benzie, and third in four games. It also marks her 20th career shutout, tying her for sixth all-time in WCHA history.
North Dakota will return to the ice in January, hosting the Minnesota Whitecaps for two exhibition games, Jan. 9-10. UND will resume conference action on Jan. 15-16 with a weekend series at Minnesota Duluth.