Officially, it goes down as a scoreless tie in women’s hockey between the Gophers and North Dakota after four scoreless periods, including an overtime. But UND was the team celebrating at the end.
The Fighting Hawks edged the Gophers 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday at Ridder Arena to earn an extra point in the WCHA standings.
Charly Dahlquist got the second goal for No. 8 North Dakota (14-9-5, 11-8-5-3) in the 11th shootout round. Amy Menke gave UND a 1-0 lead on the first shootout shot, but Amanda Kessel, in her second Gophers game since a two seasons-plus absence because of the Olympics and concussion symptoms, tied the score in the second round. Kessel also led the No. 3 Gophers (25-3-1, 20-3-1) with five shots on goal.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 25 saves for UND, Amanda Leveille 28 for the Gophers, whose 10-game win streak ended.
“Both goalies played well,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t grab that extra point tonight.”