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The women's hockey team kicks-off the 2013-14 season with an exhibition against Pursuit of Excellence on Friday, Sept. 27
Game Notes: Women's Hockey hosts POE in exhibition
Courtesy: Ross LaDue, UND Media Relations
Release: 09/24/2013
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 North Dakota vs Pursuit of Excellence
 Date / Time  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013  |  7 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Grand Forks, N.D.
 Arena  Ralph Engelstad Arena (200' x 85')
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 Twitter  @UNDWHockey

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This Week
North Dakota breaks in the new season with an exhibition against the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy on Friday, Sept. 27, at Ralph Engelstad Arena. It will be the lone chance for UND to get on the ice before starting the regular season on Oct. 4 against Lindenwood at home.

Media Coverage
The majority of UND women’s hockey home games can be heard on 1440 KKXL-AM. The game on Oct. 13 against Minnesota Duluth will be on 100.3 KSNR-FM, while the games on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 have still yet to be determined on which station will broadcast them. Unfortunately, this Friday’s game against Pursuit of Excellence is the only home game not schedule to air on the radio this season.

Video webcasts of all home games can be purchased at, where free live stats are also available.

Social Media
Receive real-time updates during all UND women’s hockey games by following @UNDWHockey. Additional coverage can be found at @UNDSports and @rladue.

Fans can also follow the action via live chat at, hosted by UND Media Relations assistant director Ross LaDue.

Last Time Out
North Dakota ended the 2012-13 season as the team to have come the closest to derailing Minnesota’s route to back-to-back national championships. After meeting in the 2013 Final Face-Off championship game, the two teams squared off for a second-straight weekend at the NCAA quarterfinals.

In the game, the Gophers jumped out to an early lead within the first minute, but UND stayed composed and got on the board to make it 1-1 before the first period came to an end. At the start of the second period, UND returned the quick-scoring favor as Meghan Dufault scored 29 seconds in to give North Dakota a 2-1 lead. However, Amanda Kessel scored with four minutes left in the period to make it 2-2. The remainder of regulation would go scoreless as the two sides headed to overtime. In the extra periods of play, neither side could find the golden goal through 40 minutes of play. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made a total of 16 saves through the first two overtime periods. As the third overtime period came to a close, and after Amsley-Benzie made an additional 11 saves, Minnesota found the game-ending goal during a power play to end the hopes of UND reaching its first-ever Frozen Four. Minnesota would go on to remain undefeated on the season and claim the 2013 NCAA National Championship.

About Pursuit of Excellence
The Pursuit of Excellence female prep team is committed to developing a 360-degree player. Since inception in 2009, the female prep program has had over 25 players go on to play at the college, provincial and national levels.

The female prep team prides itself on preparing players physically, mentally and emotionally to compete at the next level. POE players learn how to become and excel as elite student-athletes with an extensive training program that includes on and off ice skill development, power skating, game video analysis, strength and conditioning and classroom sessions on a variety of topics (nutrition, SAT prep, College recruiting process, etc.).

Attending many of the most heavily scouted tournaments in North America, POE players are given ample opportunity to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of college and national team coaches throughout the season.

Pursuit of Excellence is currently in its fifth season. It boasts more than 35 former players playing at NCAA Div I, Div III or Canadian Institute of Sport (CIS) levels. Current and former players comprise more than 30 provincial team members and more than 10 national team members, spanning four countries. The team competes in seasons with approximately 40-50 games each year.

NoDak Nation
Attendance at North Dakota women’s hockey home games has ranked in the top five of the nation for the past three years. In 2012-13 a total of 24,468 fans came to Ralph Engelstad Arena to watch UND, an average of 1,223 fans per game, the fourth-best average in the nation.

United Nations
The 2013-14 roster features players from seven different countries. Six players hail from outside of North America: Andrea Dalen (Norway), Tanja Eisenschmid (Germany), Johanna Fallman (Sweden), Josefine Jakobsen (Denmark), Michelle Karvinen (Denmark), and Susanna Tapani (Finland).

Road to Sochi
North Dakota will have a total of seven current and former players competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will feature recent grads Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, while Team Germany will roster former player Susanne Fellner (2010) along with current sophomore defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid. Senior forward Michelle Karvinen and freshman forward Susanna Tapani will play for Team Finland, while junior defenseman Johanna Fallman will skate for Team Sweden.

WCHA Coaches’ Poll
UND received 36 points and was tabbed third in the 2013-14 preseason coaches’ poll released by the WCHA.

2012-13 WCHA Coaches Preseason Poll

Rk Team (1st place votes) Pts.
1. Minnesota (7) 49
2. Wisconsin (1) 42
3. North Dakota 36
4. Ohio State 31
5. Minnesota Duluth 27
6. Minnesota State 17
7. Bemidji State 11
St. Cloud State 11

POY: Hannah Brandt, So., F, Minnesota (5); Alex Rigbsy, Sr., G, Wisconsin (3)

ROY: Dani Cameranesi, F, Minnesota (3); Sarah Nurse, F, Wisconsin (2); Brittni Mowat, G, Bemidji State (1), Halli Krzyaniak, D, North Dakota (1) and Ashleigh Brykaliuk, F, Minnesota Duluth (1)

Freshman defenseman Halli Krzyaniak also received one vote for the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

National Poll
North Dakota was ranked fifth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s preseason national poll with 100 points. UND was the second highest WCHA member in the national ranking, four spots below first-place Minnesota and two spots ahead of Wisconsin in seventh.

In the preseason poll, North Dakota was tabbed eighth with 62 points.

Return of the Best
Without Minneosta’s Amanda Kessel returning this season, Michelle Karvinen enters the 2013-14 season as the nation’s leading career-points scorer. Karvinen has 108 points off of 42 goals and 66 assists in just 63 games.

Building a Wall
Shelby Amsley-Benzie returns for her sophomore season in between the pipes for North Dakota. In her rookie season, she recorded a .925 save percentage in 20 games played after the start of the 2013 calendar year. During that same time span, Amsley-Benzie recorded a 14-4-1 record and helped UND to its first WCHA Final Face-Off championship appearance and its second NCAA Tournament berth.

Norway’s Gold
Junior forward Andrea Dalen was recently named a recipient of Norway’s Gold Puck award, which is given to the nation’s best male and female hockey players each year.

Seasoned Veterans
North Dakota returns a total of 17 players from last year’s squad. This year’s team features two seniors: Michelle Karvinen and Kayla Berg; along with four juniors: Andrea Dalen, Johanna Fallman, Josefine Jakobsen and Tori Williams.

Roaring 20s
With 26 victories in 2012-13, UND reached the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive season.

Going to the Dance
UND advanced to the NCAA postseason tournament for the second-straight year, and advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off for the third-consecutive season in 2012-13

Last year also marked the first time that North Dakota played in the WCHA Final Face-Off Championship game.

Welcome to UND
A total of 10 new faces join the UND squad for the 2013-14 campaign, which includes nine freshmen. Junior defenseman Christina LaCombe comes to UND after transferring from Syracuse. The freshmen are goaltenders Annie Chipman (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Lexie Shaw (Troy, Mich.), forwards Kayla Gardner (Warroad, Minn.), Lisa Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Amy Menke (Shakopee, Minn.), Nicole Novak (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Susanna Tapani (Laitala, Finland), and defensemen Gracen Hirschy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Halli Krzyaniak (Neepaw, Manitoba).

So Long Seniors
UND said goodbye to eight seniors following the 2012-13 season: defenseman Jordan Slavin, goaltender Jorid Dagfinrud and forwards, Mary Loken, Allison Parizek, Megan Hilbert, Ashley Furia, Monique Lamouruex and Jocelyne Lamoureux:

Jordan Slavin (D)
113 GP, 12g, 29a, 41 pts
Two game-winning goals
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Scholar Athlete

Jorid Dagfinrud (G)
59 GP, 2.54 GAA, .907 Sv%
Nine career shutouts
21-27-3 career record
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Team Norway selection

Mary Loken (F)
146 GP, 21g, 31a, 52 pts
Four game-winning goals
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Scholar Athlete
2009-10 UND Rookie of the Year

Allison Parizek (F)
144 GP, 14g, 23a, 37 pts
One game-winning goal
Two shorthanded goals
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Scholar Athlete

Megan Gilbert (F)
142 GP, 5, 15a, 20 pts
Two game-winning goals
Two-time All-WCHA Academic selection

Ashley Furia (F)
140 GP, 13g, 23a, 36 pts
One game-winning goal
Two-time All-WCHA Academic selection

Jocelyne Lamoureux (F)
149 GP, 125g, 160a, 285 pts
All-time leading scorer in WCHA
2013 Patty Kaz Top Ten
2012-13 All-American
2012-13 All-WCHA Second Team
2012-13 WCHA Outstanding Studen-Athlete
2011-12 Patty Kaz Finalist
2011-12 All-American
2011-12 All-WCHA First Team
2011-12 WCHA Outstanding Studen-Athlete
2010-11 All-WCHA Second Team
2010 Winter Olympics Silver Medalist
2008-09 All-WCHA First Team
2008-09 All-WCHA Rookie Team
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Scholar Athlete
Member of U.S. National Team

Monique Lamoureux (F)
149 GP, 113g, 152a, 265 pts
2012-13 All-American
2012-13 All-WCHA First Team
2011-12 Patty Kaz Top Ten
2011-12 All-American
2011-12 All-WCHA First Team
2010-11 All-WCHA Second Team
2010 Winter Olympics Silver Medalist
2008-09 Patty Kaz Top Ten
2008-09 All-American
2008-09 All-WCHA First Team
2008-09 All-WCHA Rookie Team
Three-time All-WCHA Academic selection
Three-time WCHA Scholar Athlete
Member of U.S. National Team


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