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Saturday, March 02, 2013

UND Women’s Hockey; Lamoureux sisters Lasso Mavericks 8-1

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

Grand Forks, ND – All good things must come to an end.

Last night, I came home after the men’s game between UND and BSU and told my wife that I couldn’t miss today’s game between the UND women and Minnesota State Mavericks.
The reason I wanted to go to the game today – this was going to be a historic event – this was going to be an end of an era, sort of.

It was the last chance for me and 1259 in attendance to watch Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux play hockey at Ralph Engelstad Arena, ever, barring an unforeseen meltdown and the UND hockey team would send their fans home with something to cheer about.

That meltdown did not happen, as the UND women ran around and through the Minnesota State Mavericks out of the Ralph Engelstad Arena 8-1.

During their time in the green and white the Lamoureux twins have racked up a lot of goals and gave goalies around the WCHA fits.

The twins paced UND with 10 points among them, leaving the sister tandem ranked 1-2 all-time in the WCHA for points Jocelyne Lamoureux (125g-158a—284pts) and Monique Lamoureux (112g-152a—264Pts).  Today, with her (2g-4a—6pts) Monique also passed former Wisconsin Badgers forward Hillary Knight (143g-119a—262pts).  That’s no small accomplishment since Monique is a defenseman and Hillary Knight is a forward.

If you haven’t watched them play, the twins are worth the price of admission. They’re electric, dynamic and they’re world class players that are part of an exciting line-up that comes to work every day and gives their best effort.

Like yesterday, the UND women came out with a bit of an edge and it appeared as if they had something to prove and pushed the lead to 5-1 after one period of hockey outshooting the Minnesota State Mavericks 23-10.

And of course, UND chased Mavericks goalie Erin Krichiver at the 15:40 mark of the first period, after putting four goals past her, Deanielle Butters replaced her in the Maverick net  and she received roughly the same treatment from a UND hockey team as well, as she let in four goals as well.

After the game, Jocelyne Lamoureux came out to the postgame press conference still wearing her game jersey, and you could tell that the senior forward was taken back by the moment.

“It’s pretty sad you know,” Jocelyne said. “We took the last lap as seniors together. It’s sad that it’s over, we found our parents in the crowd, gave them a wave.  It’s hard to believe that it’s over, here, at the Ralph. I haven’t taken my white jersey off yet, we’re going blacks (jerseys) the rest of the way, were going to be away for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can make some good things happen, but right now we’re going to take it all in and appreciate everything that I got here, while I’ve got it.”
Jocelyne’s sister Monique came to the press conference after and she was also affected by the moment as well.

“You can probably see that I was crying 10 minutes ago,” Monique said. “I am usually the first one out of the locker room. There were three or four of us that just sat there in our equipment for a little bit. It’s sad that it’s over here, but hopefully we have five more games left [NCAA Playoffs].”

The irony is, UND is known for taking penalties and at times playing undisciplined hockey and having a parade to the penalty box. Today, UND had one minor penalty called against them, after the game, UND head coach Brian Idalski was asked if he ever thought that he would see his team only get called for one minor penalty.

“No, honestly, what do we average 14 minutes a game,” Idalski said. “You talk about Jocelyn and Monique and I think they get a bad rap, but they’ve been great and very disciplined here down the stretch and penalty free. A solid effort, that discipline goes a long way.

UND will now travel to the Minneapolis to play in the Final Face-Off next weekend at Ridder Arena.  With the win, UND remains in the eighth position of the pairwise ranking of the pairwise rankings

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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.

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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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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


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

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Friday, October 19, 2012

UND women outlast SCSU

Grand Forks, ND – UND Women’s head coach Brian Idalski was asked about how he thought his team played so far this season.

“A work in progress,” Idalski said. “We still delegate to a few kids and expect them to bail us out a lot and that shouldn’t happen. I think our focus for us is getting scoring and help from all three lines and that isn’t happening."

If there has been a knock on this year’s University of North Dakota’s Woman’s team it’s been their inability to play a full 60 minutes of hockey and to stay out of the penalty box.

Coming into the game UND was leading the WCHA in penalty minutes with an average of 15.2 per game killing 20 of 23 penalty kills which is good enough for third place in the WCHA.

Tonight, the march to the penalty box continued for UND but they were able to kill five of six SCSU power plays.

The head coach was asked about the penalty kill after the game

“Coach [Eric] Fabian has done a great job,” Idalski said. “Really, it’s [penalty kill] has done well.”
Idalski went on to explain that his team is making strides and his team is almost there.

“Quite honestly in all the games we seem to be winning the attempted shots we’re winning all of the statistical battles… we don’t seem to have that comfort level as far as finishing off plays, it’s going to come, it’s a couple kids out of the line up, it’s some people still learning their way and you kind of hope the monkey you just feel they need a good confident game and some kids are going to explode out.”

Out of the gate, UND out-shot the SCSU Huskies by a lopsided total of 13-7, but Huskies sophomore goalie Julie Friend proved to be no friend to UND as she made many difficult and timely saves that came down low, from the slot.

UND was able to break through at the 08:26 mark of the first period with a goal by senior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux, assisting on the goal was Jordan Slavin and Monique Lamoureux.

SCSU would answer the UND goal with a goal from Molly Mott at the 02:27 mark of the second period, assisting on the goal was Alex Nelson and Haylea Schmid.

Through two periods of hockey, UND did everything but out score SCSU as the UND women out-shot the Huskies 19-13 but the score would remain tied 1-1.

UND would go ahead for good, breaking the tie at the 0:46 mark of the third period with Jocelyne Lamoureux’s second goal of the game on power play, assisting on the goal was Sam LaShomb and Monique Lamoureux.

UND would add to that lead with a beautiful by freshman Becca Kohler down low as she scored her first goal of her career with a goal at 15:44 mark of the third period. Assisting on the goal was Layla Marvin Ashley Furia.

After the game an excited Becca Kohler seemed relieved to get her first career goal.

“It was like a monkey off the back,” Kohler said. “Those expressions come to mind, like you practice all week for it in the morning and you get up early for that, to get the reward for the first goal is a good feeling, it feels good.

SCSU would pull their goalie in the later with about a minute to go but the Huskies were unable to get any more goals past senior goalie Jorid Dagfinrud who was solid in goal on the nigh stopping 12 of 13 shots.

After the name Coach Idalski was asked about the status of his injured forward Michelle Karvinen.
“Like I eluded to in the press conference this past week, Michelle is probably going to be re-evaluated next week and we would like to get her back for Minnesota obviously.

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Saturday, September 08, 2012


Here was a picture of UND Women's Hockey forward/defense Monique Lamoureux... What's your captions?
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Monday, April 02, 2012

2012 U.S. Women’s National Team – IIHF Women’s World Championship Roster

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)

Congrats to UND Fighting Sioux forwards Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls of North Dakota for making the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, which will be held on April 7-14 in Burlington, Vermont.
GOALTENDERS (3)              
29   Brianne McLaughlin   6/20/87   L Sheffield Village, Ohio            
 1    Molly Schaus   7/29/88  L  Natick, Mass.  Boston Blades (CWHL)
31   Jessie Vetter   12/19/85   L  Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

22   Kacey Bellamy    4/22/87   L       Westfield, Mass.  Boston Blades (CWHL)
25   Megan Bozek    3/27/91     R      Buffalo Grove, Ill.   University of Minnesota (WCHA)
11   Lisa Chesson  8/18/86     L       Plainfield, Ill.
19   Gigi Marvin    3/7/87      R      Warroad, Minn.    Boston Blades (CWHL)
23   Michelle Picard   5/27/93   L       Taunton, Mass.    Harvard University (ECACH)
24   Josephine Pucci 12/27/90    R      Pearl River, N.Y.   Harvard University (ECACH)
15   Anne Schleper   1/30/90  L   St. Cloud, Minn.   University of Minnesota (WCHA)      

20   Hannah Brandt    11/27/93    R      Vadnais Heights, Minn.    Hill-Murray School (Minn.)
13   Julie Chu    3/13/82      R      Fairfield, Conn.   Montreal Stars (CWHL)
26   Kendall Coyne  5/25/92    L    Palos Heights, Ill.   Northeastern University (HEA)
14   Brianna Decker   5/13/91  R    Dousman, Wis.   University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
6    Jillian Dempsey  1/19/91   L    Winthrop, Mass.  Harvard University (ECACH)                                 
28   Amanda Kessel    8/28/91  R   Verona, Wis.  University of Minnesota (WCHA)                                                     
21   Hilary Knight  7/12/89  R  Sun Valley, Id.  University of Wisconsin (WCHA)                                   
17   Jocelyne Lamoureux   7/3/89   R   Grand Forks, N.D.  University of North Dakota (WCHA)
 7    Monique Lamoureux-Kolls   7/3/89   R   Grand Forks, N.D.  University of North Dakota (WCHA)
 2    Erika Lawler   2/5/87   R    Fitchburg, Mass.     Boston Blades (CWHL)
12   Jenny Potter 1/12/79  L   Edina, Minn.    Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL)                                  
16   Kelli Stack 1/13/88  R   Brooklyn Heights, Ohio  Boston Blades (CWHL)       
3    Taylor Wasylk   2/21/92  L Port Huron, Mich.  Boston College (HEA)  

Team Staff                                                                                                            
Director, Women’s Hockey: Reagan Carey, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Head Coach: Katey Stone, Arlington, Mass.
Assistant Coaches: Laura Halldorson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Bobby Jay, Burlington, Mass.
Goaltending Coach: Robb Stauber, Medina, Minn.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach: Michael Boyle, Reading, Mass.
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Kevin Neeld, Philadelphia, Pa.
Team Doctor: Liz Matzkin, Boston, Mass.
Athletic Trainer: Jill Radzinski, Davis, Calif.
Video Coordinator: Sean Andrake, Glen Rock, N.J.
Massage Therapist: Jennifer Chee, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Equipment Manager: Brent Proulx, St. Paul, Minn.
Communications: Courtney Welch, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

UND Sweeps BSU 3-1

Grand Forks, ND – Coming into tonight’s game the University of North Dakota’s Woman’s Hockey team had given up a goal on the first shot of the game six times since Thanksgiving.  

Tonight was a different story, as Bemidji State would not score the first goal of the game; on the first shot of the game, this time around.  

Tonight for a change, UND would score the first goal of the game, and at the 01:20 mark of the first period Josefine  Jakobsen  would score a gritty, hardworking goal.  

It didn’t take long for Bemidji state to answer the UND goal. While it wasn’t the first shot of the game, Bemidj State Beavers would get the equalizer on their fifth attempted shot of the game two minutes and 26 seconds later; with a goal from freshman forward Nathasha Kostenko.  

The rest of the first period would be all UND, as the quartet of Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Michelle Karvinen, and Josefine Jakobsen put on an offensive display. Each of those players would record two points during the opening period. 

Unfortunately, that is all of the scoring we would see for the rest of the game.  The game would become more of a grind it out game that had little flow, due to the amount of penalties that were called. 

Special teams play would take over in the second period and UND and BSU would begin a parade to the penalty box. 

UND came into the game as the most-penalized team in Division I Women’s hockey.  That stat wouldn’t change after tonight game either.  

On the evening, UND’s Penalty kill was air tight and successfully killed all nine Beaver power plays.  That was the story for the weekend. UND did not give up a single power play goal to the BSU Beavers all weekend long. When it was all said and done, UND had successfully killed 18 Beaver power plays. 

UND wasn’t much more successful than BSU on the power play as they went 2/12 on the weekend.
UND defenseman Monique Lamoureux-Kolls talked about their successful penalty kill and how they killed all 18 Beaver power plays. 

“The one thing is we wanted to do was get pucks deep. I think a little bit yesterday we struggled, but today when we had chances to get it out, there was maybe one time that we might not have gotten it out, but the second time we got it deep,” Lamoureux-Kolls said.  That’s the key, once you don’t get it out once, twice and three times, that’s when they score on you.” 

Brian Idahlski was also impressed with his penalty kill’s play on the weekend. 

“It was excellent!  Obviously, holding them without a power play goal in 18 chances is pretty good stuff,” Idahlski said.  “It starts in net; Steph [Ney] was very good for us. It just thought that unit did a good job.“

Tonight was also the last regular season game of the year and was also senior night. All six seniors that started their career with UND were all in the starting lineup for UND and took the opening faceoff.  

Idahlski reflected on his senior class after the game. 

“I took a little time afterward and spoke to them as a group, and just reiterated; that’s a special group. When I came here with the program, it was where it was.  That was the first class full class that bought into what we were doing, when a lot of other people didn’t,” Idahlski said. 

“ …The coaches at the time, they did a great job of recruiting. I know how many calls we had to make, just to get a couple of people that were even interested in coming here during that time frame.”

“They bought in, laid the foundation, they told them it wasn’t easy and we told them as a group we had our ups and downs.”

“Through it all they worked hard and stayed the course. Hopefully we send them out with some special memories down the stretch and being a part of a lot of firsts in this program.”

With the win against the Beavers tonight UND improves to 18-9-2 overall, 14-8-2-1 in the WCHA. With the win UND is now sitting in sixth place in the PairWise Rankings, UND needs to finish in 8th place or better to make the NCAA tourney. Next weekend UND travels to Mankato to play the Mavericks.

With the loss Bemidji State drops to 14-13-3, 8-13-2-0 in the WCHA. 

Box Score

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UND vs. BSU game 4 lines

Bemidji State Forward Lines

64 Natasha Kostenko – 17 Sadie Lunquist – 10 Emily Erickson
11 Whitney Wivoda – 16 MacKenzie Thurston – 6 Kristin Williams
18 Rachael Kelly – 19 Tess Dusik – 59 Danielle Williams
13 Molly Arola – 3 Abby Williams – 22 Lauren Williams 

Defensive Pairing BSU 

25 Montana Vichorek (C) – 15 Marlee Wheelhouse (C )
14 Erika Wheelhouse – 29 Kimberly Lieder
91 Jamie Hatheway – 27 Kayleigh Chapman 

BSU Goalies 

35 Jessica Havel

UND Forward lines 

8 Michelle Karvinen – 63 Josefine Jakobsen – 17 Jocelyne Lamoureux
13 Alyssa Wiebe – 2 Mary Loken – 10 Andrea Dalen
21 Kelsey Ketcher – 26 Monique Weber – 6 Allison Parizek
22 Sara Dagenais – 91 Ashley Furia – 15 Megan Gilbert 

UND Defensive Parings

19 Margot Miller – 18 Monique Lamoureux-Kolls
9 Kayla Berg – 32 Candace Molle
16 Tori Willaims – 12 Ashley Holmes

UND Goalies 

30 Jorid Dagfinrud
33 Michelle Bonapace-Potvin

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Karvinen leads UND past BSU

Grand Forks, ND – If you haven’t followed the University of North Dakota Women’s hockey team recently you have missed out on quite a bit.

This season, under UND head coach Brian Idalski, University of North Dakota has become a high scoring hockey team. Currently, UND has the third best scoring offense in the country.

Part of that potent UND offense is the highly talented, world class tandem of Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls. The Lamoureux’s twins are second and third in the nation in points respectively and log a ton of ice time. The twins play even strength, on the power play and also kill penalties.

It’s not an understatement to say that they usually play about half the game and most times are double shifted.

UND also has the nation’s top scoring rookie in Michelle Karvinen from Rodovre, Denmark who leads the nation with (21g-27a—48pts) in points.

Tonight, Karvinen would add three goals and an assist to her already impressive point total. Karvinen would draw an assist on UND’s game tying goal in the first period and then lead UND with a natural hat trick during the second period of tonight’s game, to help UND run past BSU.

Unfortunately, Karvinen’s night would be cut short by a questionable checking from behind penalty at the 05:22 mark of the third period, her night would be over and she would watch the rest of the game from the showers.

None the less, Karvinen’s four points would help lead UND to a 5-2 victory of their WCHA rival the Bemidji State Beavers.

Fortunately for UND, they were able to kill the Karvinen major. In fact, UND’s penalty kill was spotless on the night as they killed all nine Beaver power plays.
After the game, UND Coach Brian Idalski had this to say about his freshman forward Karvinen and her four point night.

“She was terrific! Obviously that is the kind of impact player we expected when she came in,” Idalski said. “She is feeling comfortable and she has chemistry with a lot of players, and she definitely played at a high level for us this evening.”
After the game the freshman forward Karvinen was asked about the five minute checking from behind penalty.

“I was a bit surprised. It wasn’t my intention to hit her in the back but we were skating back at the same time,” Karvinen said.

“When I tried to call her off, she turned around and I accidently hit her in the back. It wasn’t my intention to hit her from behind. Stuff like that happens, but I don’t think it was a five minute penalty. Maybe two minutes. It was an accident and it wasn’t my intention to hit her in the back.”

In the third period, while killing a Bemidji State power play, UND would add a beautiful spin-o-rama goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux; that is bound to be an instant YouTube sensation.

Jocelyne Lamoureux would also have a strong night in all three zones on the ice and would finished the game with three points (1g-2a—3pts) as well.

UND came into the game as the countries most penalized team in the country in Division I Women’s hockey, that statistic would not change after tonight as UND had to kill nine Beaver power plays.

After the game UND head coach Brian Idalski was asked about the amount of penalties and if it threw off his team’s rhythm.

“I am going to take the high road with that. Yeah, I mean it’s hard to get into a flow when they keep calling some of the stuff they were calling down the stretch.” Idalsk said. “I am not sure it was overly necessary. I didn’t see a lot of them, especially the Karvinen penalty. So, it is what it is, we have to be more disciplined coming down the stretch, because we did need to do that in the third period with all of the penalties both ways.”

The same two teams play game two of the series tomorrow night at 07:07pm at Ralph Englestad Arena.

Box Score

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