No. 8 North Dakota claimes 6-1 victory against Minnesota State-Mankato
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota extended its program-record unbeaten streak into the postseason on Friday as it skated its way to a 6-1 decision against visiting Minnesota State-Mankato at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota has won its last 11 games and is one win away from advancing to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Face-Off for the third consecutive season.
UND used points from 10 different players with six different goal scorers to improve to 24-10-1 on the year while MSU fell to 10-20-5.
UND came out with arguably its most dominating period of the season to open the game, outscoring the Mavericks 4-0 and outshooting them 15-1. UND only allowed two attempted shots in the period while firing 26 of its own.
Freshman Becca Kohler scored the game's first goal 1:46 into the first frame while Jocelyne Lamoureux, Josefine Jakobsen and Monique Lamoureux added goals before the first intermission.
The Mavericks changed goaltenders after the first 20 minutes as Erin Krichiver entered the game for Danielle Butters.
North Dakota's Ashley Furia scored her first goal of the season at 5:53 of the second period and the home team opened six-goal lead only 43 seconds later as Monique Lamoureux found the back of the net. Lamoureux's goal was reviewed and taken off the scoreboard after goal interference was called.
The game leveled out after this point as MSU was able to find some offensive zone time it had lacked.
The Mavericks opened the third period on the power play and took advantage as Tracy McCann scored on UND netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie. MSU's Kathleen Rogan attempted to hit McCann, who was standing even with the goal line, looking for a backdoor shot. The puck hit McCann's skates, trickled to the crease and went off of Amsley-Benzie's skate for the point.
UND converted its first power play in the third period to close out the game's scoring at 11:40 as Meghan Dufault gave Michelle Karvinen the puck in the slot, who then made a behind-the back pass to Jakobsen. Jakobsen sent it right back to Karvinen for the wide-open net.
Amsley-Benzie concluded the game with 10 saves to improve to 17-6-1 and set a new program record for single-season wins.
Both team's concluded the game 1-for-3 on the power play while UND finished with a 35-11 advantage in shots.