MANKATO, Minn. -- Five players scored for North Dakota as UND downed Minnesota State-Mankato 5-2 on Friday night at All Seasons Arena.
With the win and three points, North Dakota (11-4-2, 8-3-2-1 WCHA) moves closer to catching Wisconsin in second place in the league standings. UND is six points behind, sitting in in third place with one more game to play before winter break. Minnesota State (6-11-0, 3-10-0-0 WCHA) remains in a tie with St. Cloud State for sixth place in the WCHA
After a four-game stretch of not scoring more than two goals, UND’s offense started clicking like it did during the opening portion of the season. Meghan Dufault led North Dakota with one goal and two assists, while Becca Kohler tallied one goal and one assist.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie recorded her ninth win of the season making 15 saves. She helped UND go perfect on the penalty kill, stopping all three shots she faced on three MSU power plays. North Dakota outshot Minnesota State 45-17 in the contest.
Sam LaShomb led the UND defensive corps with five blocked shots in the game, as the team blocked a total of 13 shots. Gracen Hirschy finished with a plus-three rating in the contest.