Showing posts with label Brian Idalski. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brian Idalski. Show all posts

Thursday, March 06, 2014

UND Women's Hockey: UND will host the 2015 WCHA Final Faceoff.

Some good news for the UND Women's Hockey team and the Ralph Engelstad Arena. They will get to host the 2015 Final Faceoff. Under coach Brian Idalski, the UND women have advanced to the Final Faceoff four consecutive years in a row.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

UND Women end Minnesota's 62 game win streak



Ironically, the UND women were the last team to beat the Gopher women 62 games ago. Hats off to them.








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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday Morning: A couple of Links












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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Why isn't Monique Lamoureux a Top-10 Finalists for Patty Kazmaier Award



I think this tweet speaks for it's self.
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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.

- See more at: http://insidehockey.com 
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

UND women complete sweep of OSU Buckeyes

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo
Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grand Forks, ND – Tonight, the University of North Dakota woman’s team played their final home game of the regular season.
For eight seniors, tonight’s game marked the last time they would ever play a “regular season” game in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
In two weeks, the UND women will play one more WCHA playoff series at the Ralph, as they clinched home ice for the WCHA playoffs with last night’s win.
With the win tonight, UND also extended its current win streak to eight games, and also tied the single-season wins record.
One could say that this night was historic for the UND women’s hockey program.
So on this night for the record books, the UND women (22-10-0, 17-9-0 WCHA) donned their black third jerseys and sent the fans home with something to cheer about, as they beat the Ohio State Buckeyes (16-14-2, 11-13-2-2 WCHA) 3-2 to complete the sweep.
This season’s senior class includes two world class players and 2010 Olympians Jocelyne Lamoureux (121g-150a—271) and Monique Lamoureux (106g-149a—255). Both players rank one and two and UND’s all-time scoring list.
Today was a special day for a special for the UND women’s hockey team, and the day wasn’t lacking in emotions. UND head coach Brian Idalski reminisced about his seniors.
“It was an emotional day, it always is,” Idalski said. “It’s a tough day to coach, quite honestly. It’s a special group and they’ve worked hard. We talked about what our vision is here and being the pinnacle of woman’s hockey and making this our woman’s NHL. So these are special kids that are a big part of getting us where we are today. Again, a special group and you know, the emotions kind of sprang out there a little bit good stuff.”
While the night belonged to the eight UND seniors, freshman Meghan Deufault led the way for UND on the score sheet with a couple of goals, including the game winning goal at the 14:11 mark of the second period.
“Were glad to get the two wins out because we needed that,” freshman forward Megan Dufault said. “Tonight was really emotional for our seniors, so I think everyone did a good job keeping their emotion in check and coming out with the win.”
It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Green and White came out on top. “We did what he needed to do to win the Hockey game,” Idalski said.
The work is not done for the UND women’s hockey team; next weekend they travel to Duluth for another crucial test against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Jocelyne Lamoureux laid out the weekend ahead.
“Going into the post-season you want to be peaking at the right time,” Jocelyne Lamoureux said. “It’s good, but these are teams that we feel like we should be beating teams and we would be disappointed if we weren’t. Next weekend is going to be huge for us, it’s going to be big for points, Pairwise (rankings) and league so we have to be ready to go and take care of business.”

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Friday, February 15, 2013

UND Women run OSU out of the building

United States forward Jocelyne Lamoureux in a ...
United States forward Jocelyne Lamoureux in a game against the ECAC All-Stars on January 3, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grand Forks, ND – The University of North Dakota women’s hockey team has been on a bit of a role as of late, winning six in a row and seven of the last eight games that they played in.
Senior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux came into tonight’s game on a hot streak of her own. This past week, Lamoureux broke the existing league record for career points of 262 held by Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight (2007-12). The Record fell, when Lamoureux recorded seven points during last weekend series (0g-7a—7pts) against the Bemidji State Beaver, giving her a collegiate career total of 266 points (120g -146a—266pts) in 140 games played.
Tonight, a couple of hot streaks continued as the Green and White extended their winning streak to seven straight games, beating the Ohio State University Buckeyes 5-2.
With the win tonight, UND also clinched home ice for the WCHA playoffs, but the head coach didn’t seemed satisfied with that fact.
“For a long time, it was one of our goals [home ice] every year,” Head Coach Brian Idalski said. “That hasn’t changed, but I think it’s a smaller goal, and there’s still a lot of work to be done and I think we understand that. We got a big game tomorrow we got to turn around and be ready, that club has a lot of pride, their well coached and you have to show up and be ready to go.”
Senior forward Jocelyn Lamoureux remained smoking hot, as she added two more points to her already impressive career point’s total. Tonight, she chipped in (1g-1a—2pts). Not to be out done, Jocelyn’s twin sister Monique had an impressive night of her own, as she added three helpers (0g-3a—3pts).
Junior forward Michelle Karvinen who missed the first 12 games of the season with an undisclosed injury, continue her torrid pace as she chipped in two more markers. Karvinen now has (14g-26a—40pts). Tonight, Karvinen also recorded her 100 career point in just her 55th game and this is what she had to say on getting her 100th career point.
“It’s very special,” Karvinen said. “I am happy it’s not just like a rebound or something and it was a little nicer, it was great.”
The Ohio State Buckeyes actually took a 2-1 lead with a couple of goals from Captain Hokey Langan (Chatham, Ontario). That was all the closer the game would get as UND would blow the game open with three goals five minutes apart.
After the game, head coach Brian Idalski was asked about the explosion in the second period.
“I just thought we executed a little better,” Idalski said. “I thought we were a little hungry as far as getting pucks to the net and being the first to jump on rebounds. You have to out work them – they’re so good at playing with energy and competing and they’re very strong on pucks. You had to turn it up a notch to match that.”
Same two teams tomorrow night at 07:07 pm.
With the win tonight, UND currently sits in 8th of the Pairwise Rankings, UND would need to 8th or above to make the NCAA tourney.

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

UND women torches RIT Tigers 8-2.


Grand Forks, ND – After last night’s win, University of North Dakota women’s head coach Brian Idalski wasn’t happy with his teams play. Words like lethargic and sloppy were uttered by the head coach. You would have thought he was the head coach of the team that had lost 3-2 to the RIT Tigers.

What a difference 22 hours make.

UND game out of the gates like a team possessed. From the drop of the first puck UND came out and put a lot of pressure on the Tiger goal.  During the opening period, the Green and White managed to put 26 shots on the Tigers net. Four of the 26 shots found the back of twine to give UND a 4-1 lead after one period of play. UND would win the game 8-2. 

After not being very pleased with his team play the night before, UND head coach Brian Idalski was much more complimentary of his team tonight.

“I thought we played with a lot more energy – we did a good job getting pucks to the net – a lot more traffic in front of the net, screens, tips, over-all a lot better performance,” Idalski said.

UND’s 26 shots was the most shots that RIT has faced in a period since November 15, 2008 when RIT tied Potsdam 3-3.

The RIT Tigers sophomore goalie Ali Binnington was under siege during the first period and if it wasn’t for her stellar play the score would have been way worse.

The Tigers would pulled Binnington after the first period and replaced her with Laura Chamberlain who stopped 28 of 32 shots.

One of the story lines coming into tonight’s game was UND sophomore forward Josefine Jakobsen. The sophomore forward has been on a torrid streak and with two goals in the first period, she has scored (5g-4a—9 pts) in the last five games. Jakobsen missed a few opportunities in the third period to bury a third goal but couldn’t get another marker.

The second period lacked the drama of the first period and there was no scoring as UND outshot RIT 12-3.  UND did have to kill of a five minute major when Samantha Hanson was given a five and game for checking from behind. UND stood tall on the penalty kill and RIT wasn't able to dent the twine on the power play.

After the game UND, head coach Brian Idalski thought the penalty on Hanson was a little harsh.

“That call has been two minutes for the last couple of weeks,” Idalski said. “There was no intent on her part.”
The third period saw a goal from all world Michelle Karvinen and two power play goals for UND from Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux as both scored on the man advantage. UND freshman forward Shannon Kaiser would end the scoring for the Green and White by burying her first career goal.

Having big night for UND were Michelle Karvinen (1a-4a—5pts), Monique Lamoureux (1g-3a—4pts) and Jocelyn Lamoureux (2g-2a—4pts) would end the night with four points each.  Monique Lamoureux with her four points tonight moved into the top 10 in scoring all time in the NCAA.

Michelle Karvinen who missed the first 10 games with an undisclosed injury has scored (4g-13a—17pts) in six games.

UND played with an edge tonight that they didn’t have last night and Jocelyne Lamoureux talked about that after the game.

“Yeah I don’t think that anyone was too happy with their performance yesterday,” Lamoureux said.  “Kept it a little too close and just we were too lackadaisical. Not taking care of the puck. We have to be better to be good down the stretch we just flat out have to better. I think there was some meeting today. Things got laid out pretty bluntly and I think people were ready to go today.”

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Tale of two worlds



Last night, after the game, UND women’s head hockey coach head Brian Idalski looked less than pleased and even a bit agitated – his team won on the right side of a 3-2 victory against Division I newcomer RIT.

Words like lethargic and sloppy were uttered by the UND coach during the postgame press conference.

I made the comment to the women’s SID after the media scrum that it would be fun to see today’s pregame skate. I am sure it wasn’t all fun and games and there probably wasn’t any of coaching staffs vehicles parked at center ice today at the REA before the pre-game skate.

But I digress.

Idalski’s hockey team in also on an impressive six game winning streak including sweeps against conference foe’s UMD and BSU.

Yet there are grounds for concern. There are still minor things that need to be fixed going forward. I have seen some of the mistakes that the team was making earlier in the season not happen as much on the ice the past two games.

Sitting in the press box I was entertained by an exciting game of hockey that went down to the wire – with the home team coming out with the win. In the closing seconds of the game the Tigers came very close to tying the game as a shot hit flush off of the right post of the UND goal with the goaltenders moving to her left.

Listening to UND men’s head coach Dave last night during the postgame with Radio personality Tim Hennessey, I didn’t’ have to watch a video or be there in person to know that he was less than pleased with the results of last night’s game. Hakstol’s team did everything they had to do to win; except score enough goals to win.That’s not going to comfort anyone including the head coach – but it’s not time to call for the head coaches head either.

Personally, based on this team’s history, I am not all that concerned about their results so far to date. Especially with the teams that they’ve played to date – UND has played four out five series against teams that are nationally ranked and that have winning records. So far in 13 games, UND has only played against two teams that don’t have a winning record UAA and UMD and both of those teams aren’t easy draws as well.

These guys are winners and take their job very seriously – both coaches’ teams are very close to turning the corner and putting an 8-1 or 9-2 whooping on someone.

There are some things to remember going forward. No team has ever won a national title in November, December, January and February. Seasons are a body of work and national rankings and the pairwise rankings mean nothing right now. The season is a body of work and the head coach will have this team ready to play.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

UND women claw out 3-2 win against RIT

Seal of the University of North Dakota
Seal of the University of North Dakota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grand Forks, ND – The University of North Dakota women came into the game riding a five-game winning streak with a win over Clarkson and sweeps over conference foes BSU and UMD.

Tonight, the opponent for the North Dakota Women’s team was the RIT Tigers of the CHA. Last season, the Tigers won a NCAA Division III title and after they collected their tourney hardware; the Tigers made the jump to Division I women’s hockey.

The UND women knew they were going to be in for a tough fight as the Tigers are a team that was loaded with juniors and seniors.

UND looked good early as they would jump to a two goal lead with goals from Monique Lamoureux and Michele Karvinen less than seven minutes apart. It looked like UND was going to run away and hide but the Tigers didn't go away quietly.

The Tigers would score a goal at 16:27 mark of the first period with a goal by senior forward Kim Schlattman.
That would be all of the scoring in the first period for both teams. UND would out-shoot RIT 10-9.

With UND freshman forward Becca Kohler in the box for hooking; RIT would even the score with what I would describe as a beautiful power play goal. At the 08:57 mark of the second period, RIT Tiger junior forward Kortney Kunchika would take a pass from senior forward Airanne Yokoyama and pull the UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud off of the right post with some slick stick handling and deposited the puck behind her.

Tie game.

Michelle Karvinen would miss a glorious opportunity in the waning second of the second period standing at side of the Tiger net but the junior forward shot the puck wide of the net.

UND would out-shoot the Tigers 10-6 in the second period.

After the game, UND junior forward Michele Karvinen was asked about the shot that went wide; while she was in the paint just to the side of the Tiger net.

“I came down, I knew Joss [Jocelyne Lamoureux] would probably pass it to me and I should have been a little stronger on my stick and put it into the net,” Karvinen said. “Yeah, basically I should have been stronger on the stick.”

With Tiger junior defenseman Melissa Bromley in the box for cross checking, UND would take the lead again at the 02:08 mark of the third period with a power play goal from Monique Lamoureux – her second of the game – as she buried the puck at the goal mouth as the RIT goalie Laura Chamberlain wasn’t able to get over the right point.

The Tigers would put up a valiant fight at the end of the game, but were unable to get one more shot past Dagfinrud. UND would survive one final surge as the Tigers would ring a shot off straight of the left post at the .54 second mark of the third period. It was a very lucky break for UND because Dagfinrud was moving to her left and the whole right side of the net was left exposed.

Whew! That was close.

In the end, the Tigers would prove to be a tough formidable opponent as they got in the shooting lanes and made it tough for UND to get any time and space. Tomorrow night’s game will be no cake walk for the green and white and they will have to put up a better effort if they are going to prolong the winning streak.

With the win tonight, the Green and White stretch the winning streak to six games.

After the game, the UND head coach Brian Idalski seemed was definitely less than pleased with the play of his team and had this to say.

“I thought we were a little lethargic,” Idhalski said. I thought we were a little sloppy.  I didn't think we executed well – something for us to learn from and do a little better tomorrow.

Leading UND on the score sheet was Michelle Karvinen (1g-1a—2pts) and Monique Lamoureux (2g-1a—3pts). Junior goalie Laura Chamberlain was stellar in net for the Tigers stopping 25 of 28 shots.

Same two teams play again tomorrow night at 7:07 pm.



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UND Women vs. RIT Tigers game one


UND Forward lines

3 Michelle Karvinen – 63 Josefine Jakobsen – 17 Jocelyne Lamoureux (C)
19 Meghan Dufault – 51 Becca Kohler – 15 Megan Gilbert
10 Andrea Dalen – 2 Mary Loken – 6 Allison Parizek
No Player – 25 Leah Jensen – 13 Layla Marvin

UND Defensive parings

22 Tanja Eisenschmid – 18 Monique Lamoureux (A)
7 Jordan Slavin – 8 Samantha Hanson
16 Tori Willaims – 9 Kayla Berg
4 Sam Lashomb

UND goalies

30 Jorid Dagfinrud
1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
33 Michelle Bonapace-Potvin

RIT Tigers Forward lines

6 Tenecia Hiller (A) – 10 Kim Schlattman (C) – 23 Lindsay Grigg
8 Ariane Yokoyama (A) – 26 Kortney Kunichika 24 Chelste Brown
17 Carly Payerl – 20 Erin Zach – 22 Katire Hubert
27 Jess Paton – 18 Julie Hall – 19 Marissa Maugeri

RIT Tiger Defensive Parings

4 Kristina Moss – 2 Danielle Read
3 Morgan Scoyne – 21 Emilee Bulleid
11 Ellesha Fortuna 28 Melissa Bromley

Tiger Goalies

35 Laura Chamberlain
39 Ali Binnington

Officials:

Referees: Robert Ludwig, Shawn Thiele
Linesmen: Aaron Story, Josh Brown 
Game Time Keeper Erik Martinson (StatsonCrack)

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Check out these unis... Karvinen goes off.



The UND women broke out their black jersey's as well. They look a lot like the Men's black business suits as well. UND had their first road sweep of they season as they beat BSU 7-3. This weekend Michelle Karvinen returned from injury and went off scoring five points (1g-4a—5pts).

After one weekend of play Karvinen (2g-4a—6pts) is fourth on the team in scoring and missed 10/12 games so far this season.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Michelle Karvinen makes her return against the Beavers...

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Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UND women’s hockey fans got some much needed good news today, Michelle Karvinen their injured all-world forward will be making her season debut as she returns to the lineup this weekend when UND travels to Bemidji to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers in a Saturday and Sunday series at the Sanford Center.

Karvinen (24g-37a—61pts) has missed all 10 games that UND has played in this season because of an injury.

The UND Women’s Hockey team is ranked 10th nationally and is currently sitting in 4th place of the WCHA standings; has had trouble scoring goals this season, so Karvinen’s return to the lineup is a much needed boost for their lethargic offense; to date the UND Women have been outscored by their opponents 22-24.

Getting Karvinen back in the UND lineup is like getting a coveted player at the NHL trade deadline, her being in the lineup could be the spark that UND needs to make run in the second half of the season.

UND Women's head coach Brian Idalski had this to say, when asked about the status of his all-world junior forward Michelle Karvinen.

“Karvinen was cleared this morning,” Idalski said. “She practiced – she looks good – she will play this week.”

On getting Michelle Karvinen back in the lineup this weekend…

“Huge… I mean, she is definitely a threat not only with her skill but with her foot speed,” Idalski said. She’s kind of a kid who can slash in from the exterior and really get in the middle of the ice and push defensemen back. I think we have been lacking a little with that where people on their heels – keep them long and wide and she should open up the ice for more team mates here this weekend I believe.” 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday UND Women’s Hockey press conference



This week the UND Woman’s hockey team plays against the top ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Ralph Englestad Arena. Game times for Saturday and Sunday is 2:07 PM CT. On Saturday it's "Fill the Bowl and tickets to the game are $1.00 and if you have  a UND Champions Card you can get a free ticket to get into the game.

UND Women's Hockey head coach Brian Idalski on playing the top rated Minnesota Gophers.  

“They’re [Minnesota] averaging just under seven goals per game,” Idalski said. “Their power play has scored 17 goals and clicking at 40 percent, so I would say that things are going really well for them. Defensively they’re just as solid if not better. [Noora] Ratty has four shutout in seven starts and her save percentage is close to 98%, so there is no weakness, their d-corps is really strong they have given up three goals all season long. It will be fun.”

UND Women’s head coach Brian Idalski on the status of his star forward Michelle Karvinen who has missed all six games that UND has played in this season with an injury.

“She looks good, Idalski said. "She skated well and she is progressing well and she will be a game time decision.”

Senior forward Captain Jocelyn Lamoureux was asked about playing the Minnesota Gophers and if there is a little extra incentive playing against the Gophers. 

“It’s exciting to always play them especially with my history, but you have to approach it like any other series, Lamoureux said. “We have to stay even keel and not let our emotions get the best of us the last series and we get to play them here and we’re excited.” 

The past few seasons the amount of penalties that UND takes has been a something that UND has been concerned about. Senior Jocelyn Lamoureux was also asked about her if her team is focused on eliminating penalties this week.

“I don’t know if it’s the topic this week in the practice, Lamoureux said. “But we know we need to that we need to stay out of the penalty box more and we can’t take as many penalties as we have been and that seem to be a common theme the last couple of years the amount of penalties our team takes its starts with Monique [Lamoureux]  and I and the seniors down... “

Senior defenseman Jordan Slavin was injured last season and only was able to play in 14 games. Last season, Slavin missed both series against the Minnesota Gophers. 

“It’s been fun; it’s been a lot of fun just being back out there with the girls and being able to play,” Slavin said. “Once you like... don’t have something and then you get it back it’s been an unbelievable experience.” 

Slavin was asked if she feels like is back to full strength. 

Yeah I do, I feel really good, my edges feel great and my knees aren’t giving men any problems this time around.

Slavin also had this to say about getting a chance to play against the top ranked Minnesota Gophers after not playing in any of the series last year against the Gophers because of injury. 

"I didn’t get to play them at all last year, Slavin said. "It’s more fun than any series that I think we play during the year. Just the intensity is up, the speed is up, everything is sharp, the atmosphere is fun, I am excited."