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Saturday, March 02, 2013

UND Women’s Hockey; Lamoureux twins leave UND program in good hands

Eric Classen / UND Athletics

On February 27, 2011, with about just over four minutes left in the first overtime,  taking the puck from goaltender Fighting Sioux goalie Stephanie Ney,  sophomore forward Monique Lamouruex calmly starts the rush up ice, literally skating through the Beaver defenders like they were standing still. It was like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie. There was a faked shot at the blue line; then the patented toe drag around two Bemidji State defenders, before Monique deposited the puck behind the Beaver’s all-world goalieZuzana Tomcikova.

Game over!!! The UND womens hockey team flew off of the bench and mobbed Monique.
With the 3-2 win in overtime, the UND women were heading to the Final Face-Off for the first time in their program’s short history.

Even though their season would end the next weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Ridder Arena with a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin Badgers, the UND women had made great progress that season.

Actually, the Women set seasons records in wins in each of the last three seasons; winning 20, 22 and 23 respectively.

Eric Classen / UND Athletics
It’s no mystery that during the last three seasons, Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux have been the corner stones of the UND women’s hockey team, and this year’s senior class.

Both players have also been the face of UND head coach Brian Idahlski’s (91-102-21 UND, 198-122-32 career) team and where they’re trying to move the UND’s woman’s program.

The Lamoureux twins are world class players and 2010 Olympians Jocelyne Lamoureux (123g-154a—277pts) and Monique Lamoureux (108g-152a—260pts). Both players rank one and two and UND’s all-time scoring list. With each game, Jocelyne extends the all-time record at UND.

For the second year in a row, Jocelyne Lamoureux was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kaz award.

After a game earlier this season, UND woman’s head coach Brian Idalski said, “We talked about what our vision is here and being the pinnacle of woman’s hockey and making this our woman’s NHL.”

I do think coach Idalski is onto something. College hockey for women is basically their NHL outside of playing in international competition; there aren’t a lot of options for them. Women’s college hockey is stacked with world class athletes and Olympians.

Eric Classen / UND Athletics
That’s what’s been happening at UND, the Lamoureux twins have set a very high bar for future UND woman’s players that are starting to emerge at UND. Michelle Karvinen is an example of the type of player you will probably see in the future, world class talent that plays for their country during the winter Olympics and international competitions.

Freshman forward Meghan Dufault is one of the new up and coming stars for UND and this is what she had to say about playing for with the Lamouruex twins.

“It’s definitely an honor to play with them,” Dufault said. “You learn so much from them every day, just their mentality and their skills you can take everything from what they do in practice and try make yourself more like them and learn of them. It’s a really good experience playing with them.”

So as the Lamoureux twins’ time at UND comes to an end, a few of the younger players will take on bigger roles for UND in the future. One them is all-world junior forward Michelle Karvinen, who helped team Finland win the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. This is what Megan Dufauflt has this to say on playing with the crafty junior forward.

“I think Karvinen is awesome to play with,” Dufauflt said. “She’s such a dynamic player and obviously she was in the Olympics too, so she highly skilled and you learn so much from her as well, she’s just like playing with the twins [Lamoureux’s]. I think they’re all great players that bring so much to the team that everyone can build off.

North Dakota isn’t ready to send this year’s senior class off just yet. There is still work to be done. With the win against the Minnesota State Mavericks (24-11-0, 18-10-0 WCHA), UND will try for the sweep tomorrow night at 2:07 pm against the Mavericks at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

I don’t really know if people will fully appreciate what Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux have brought to the UND woman’s team until after they’re gone, they have set the bar very high and have given young women role models that they can be proud of.

Players of this caliber don’t come along every day and it’s hard to quantify or put into words what they did for the UND women’s team. Maybe we can just appreciate the memories they left us with and be thankful that we had an opportunity to watch them play.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Edit: MTU's game winning goal against BSU.

First, I am not shy about my critiques of the officials in the WCHA. I think the level of officiating in the WCHA “at times” has been questionable if not downright brutal. Here is another example of a blown call; in talking to a person that I know in Bemidji; who saw the game – alerted me to the game winning goal scored by Michigan Tech's forward Blake Pietila.

First, the video embedded doesn't show the beginning of the play in question; so here is a different video link. At the 1:30 mark of the linked video, you will see that the start of play where the Michigan Tech forward shoots the puck from behind the red line – meaning the play should have been whistled for being icing.

The play should have been whistled dead, but wasn't.

The play continues on and the puck goes behind the BSU net where the Beaver defender is tripped behind the BSU net.

There is still no whistle.

The puck is then picked up by MTU freshman forward Jujhar Khaira who passes the puck to MTU forward Blake Pietila; who was waiting out front of the Bemidji State net who buries the puck in the BSU net. In my opinion that play shouldn't have ever happened.

Posted at the Hockey Writers - Combine.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fighting Sioux Finish off the Bemidji State Beavers 4-3

Grand Forks, ND – In hockey they say that it’s hard to end another team’s season, especially if you are playing an up-tempo team the like BSU Beavers.  The Beavers put up a good fight and didn’t give up until the final horn.

The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux has come full circle since November 20, 2011 when the Fighting Sioux had just lost a lack-luster game to the Bemidji State Beavers 1-0 in Bemidji.  That was the first loss for the Fighting Sioux to the Beavers in over 41 years.

After the loss to the Beavers the Fighting Sioux had a lack-luster record of 4-7-1 and they sat in 11th place of the WCHA standings.

Since that game the Fighting Sioux have gone an eye-popping 17-5-2.

With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux improve to 18-5-2 after an exciting 4-3 win against the Beavers tonight.

For this season’s Fighting Sioux hockey team, nothing has come easy.  This game was no different as the Fighting Sioux survived a late third period surge that saw the Beavers  score two goals in 19 seconds, and they were able to hold on to eliminate the Bemidji State Beavers 4-3.

With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux will advance to the Final Five for a league leading 10th time and will play their first game on Thursday (game time to be determined).  Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol is excited to be moving on to the Final Five.

“We’re excited!”

“It’s such a great weekend to go there and be a part of it” Hakstol said. “Our guys have worked; it’s a nice reward for a lot of the work our guys have put in this weekend and even the way this game tonight went, it’s kind of indicative of our year.”

“We really can’t do things in an easy way.  We find a way to get it down and I think that’s the best compliment I can pay our guys. They find a way to win.  It’s a nice reward to head to Saint Paul.”
Tonight, three Fighting Sioux seniors played their final game of their hockey career at Ralph Engelstad Arena.  For Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta), and Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minnesota), it’s the end of a four year hockey career.

Fighting Sioux Captain, Mario Lamoreux, reflected on his last game at Ralph Engelstad.

“It’s sad…kind of took a last little look before I skated off the ice and tried to soak it all in,” Lamoureux said.

“It’s been a great four years  and a lot of good memories can’t be more appreciative of the fans and all the people that support this program.  It’s absolutely first class in every way and it makes me extremely proud to be able to be part of this program and represent everything about it and it’s a good way to go out.”

Hakstol had this to say on his senior class’ last game at Ralph Engelstad. Arena.

“I wish it would have been a little less exciting than it was”, Hakstol said.

“A great night.  Brad Eidsness answered the bell again.  He has done it, he did it last Saturday, on senior’s night…he answered the call again tonight.  He was great for his teammates.  Mario and Ben were a huge part of this win tonight, and not just what you saw on the ice.

“This day of preparation starts really after last night’s game and obviously it gets into full swing when you get to the rink in the morning.  I thought our leaders did a good job of having our team ready to play tonight.”

“The last three minutes was a little bit sloppy and a little bit ugly for about a 20 second span.  You know what, we locked it down after that and we didn’t give up anything and did a great job with a one goal lead.”

With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux improve to 22-12-3.

With the loss tonight, the Bemidji State Beavers fall to 17-18-3.  The loss also eliminates the Bemidji State Beavers from NCAA post season play.  Beaver Coach Tom Serratore had this to say about his team’s season.

“I thought it was a great season.  Everyone gauges their season differently, but I mean, this is a tough league, we know it’s a tough league.  We had 17 wins.  We were over five hundred in the regular season. We had more points than we had last year.  Those are the things we have look at right there.  Again, we made progress and we were hard to play against.  Again, I thought it was a great season.  Obviously we didn’t want it to end this way.  We wanted to advance to the WCHA Final Five, but it didn’t happen. But, that didn’t take anything away from the season we had.”

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