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Women's hockey: Sioux blank Mavericks

MANKATO, Minn. -- The UND women's hockey team's 1-0 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday didn't mean anything in the WCHA standings, but the Sioux will enter the first round of the playoffs with some momentum.

Sioux goalie Stephanie Ney made 34 saves to left UND past Mankato at All Seasons Arena.

UND opens the WCHA playoffs on the road against top-seeded Minnesota-Duluth.

"We just want to keep developing and getting better," UND coach Brian Idalski said. "Our kids played well defensively and we really managed the game better coming down the stretch. We made better decisions and did a better job in the neutral ice. It is nice to come out of it with a shutout."

The Sioux made it interesting, though, as they went shorthanded with 2 minutes, 28 seconds remaining and the Mavericks would pull their goaltender with 58 seconds left. But UND was able to hang on.

"Ney has played well the last three weekends," Idalski said. "I am happy she was able to get a nice result. It was good for her and just a good road win."

Sophomore Sara Dagenais scored on the power play at 17:31 of the second period for the game's lone goal with assists going to Ashley Furia and Kelly Lewis. Dagenais now leads the Sioux with 10 goals this season.

"I think we have been moving the puck well (on the power play) for a long time," Idalski said. "We were just not finishing up plays. It was a work in progress and will probably continue to be going in to next week."