UND women reach WCHA championship

It was deja vu for the UND women in the WCHA Final Faceoff.

It beat Wisconsin in the semifinals in a one-goal game thanks to a great performance by Shelby Amsley-Benzie and it will now head to the championship game for the second year in a row.

Amsley-Benzie stopped 35 shots in posting a 1-0 shutout win over the Badgers on Friday in Bemidji’s Sanford Center. Meghan Dufault scored the lone goal, forcing a turnover, launching a shot and finding the rebound.

That sets up a showdown between North Dakota and Minnesota for the WCHA championship for the second year in a row. That game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday in Bemidji.

UND needs to win the game in order to get to the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota has lost only twice in its last 96 games — both times against UND. Earlier this season, UND split with the Gophers at Ridder Arena when the team was at full strength.

The Gophers swept UND in The Ralph when UND was missing its Olympians.

The Bemidji Pioneer’s Jack Hittinger covered the game for us. Check out his story here.

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