Two of the nation's top-10 teams battled it out Friday night, as the No. 4/5 University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated No. 6 Clarkson, 2-1, at Cheel Arena.
North Dakota (10-3-2) went a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill, while Clarkson (12-4-2) successfully killed UND's lone power-play chance of the game.
Josefine Jakobsen scored the opening goal and Lisa Marvin scored her first collegiate goal for the game winner. Sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie made a season-high 26 saves for her seventh win of the season.
Clarkson started the game controlling the flow of play, as North Dakota struggled to get out of its defensive zone. However, Amsely-Benzie stood strong in net, turning away the early barrage of shots.
UND then quickly turned the tables and took over the game halfway through the first period. Within the final minute of play, Jakobsen made a few moves in the offensive zone to free herself from the CU defensemen along the boards. She fired a shot on net that caught Clarkson's goalie Erica Howe off guard. The puck squeezed through Howe's five hole, giving UND the 1-0 lead.
In the second period Clarkson came out looking to even the score, but UND responded with strong defense again. Unfortunately, a defensive error by UND gave Clarkson a breakaway in the final seven minutes of the period. Amsley-Benzie made the first stop on CU's Carly Mercer, but Mercer knocked the rebound of the midair, and with the puck sitting in the crease, Shelby Nisbet knocked it in to tie the game.
Both sides continued to play even through the next 20 minutes, as UND also had to kill off three penalties in that span. North Dakota finally found its go-ahead goal after freshman Susanna Tapani fired a shot from the point, which was redirected in by Marvin at the 13:37 mark.
A last ditch effort by Clarkson with an empty net failed to provide any extra defense as UND was able to keep the majority of play in final minute down in the Clarkson end.
The two teams finish the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT).