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Game Notes: UND and Badgers to open Final Face-Off
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Updated: Wednesday 03/06/2013 13:04:50 (ET)
by Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
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THIS WEEK: North Dakota heads to Minneapolis for its third-consecutive Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Face-Off appearance. UND will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers in the semifinals on Friday at 4:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena. Both teams finished tied for second place in the league standings and swept its quarterfinals matchup. The winner will then advance to the championship game and plays the winner of Minnesota-Ohio State on Saturday at 7:07 p.m.

TUNE IN: This weekend's games will be broadcasted on The Fan 1440 AM (Friday and Saturday) with broadcasters Darrin Looker and Kris Holm calling the action. Audio webcasts will also be available through www.UNDSports.com.

There is a free webcast available through www.WCHA.com with Jack Swanson calling the play-by-play.

A live blog will be open for fans during the game at www.UNDSports.com or you can get live updates by following UNDWHockey through twitter. Live stats for the game can be found through www.WCHA.com.

ABOUT UW: Head coach Mark Johnson is in his 10th season at the helm of the Badgers with a career record of 302-54-28.

The Badgers advanced to the Final Face-Off after sweeping St. Cloud State by scores of 5-0 and 4-1 in the first-round of WCHA playoffs.

Senior forward Brianna Decker leads the nation with 227 shots on goal and is tied for sixth with 29 goals scored. Decker is also on a nine-game scoring streak, having tallied eight goals and 10 assists since Jan. 27.

Junior goaltender Alex Rigsby has the third-best save percentage in the nation (.943) and is the foundation of the Badgers' defense which is averaging only 1.50 goals against per game, third best in the country.

LAST ACTION: UND advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off cruising past Minnesota State 6-1 and 8-1, respectively.

North Dakota opened the series with one of its most dominating periods of the season, outscoring the Mavericks 4-0 while outshooting them 15-1. UND allowed only two attempted shots in the stanza while firing 26 of its own. UND went on the receive goals from six different players while 10 were credited with points.

North Dakota secured the sweep as it again jumped all over the Mavericks early. UND blew the game open in the first 20 minutes scoring the game's first five goals. Monique Lamoureux had a game-high four goals, Jocelyne Lamoureux had a game-high six points (2-4-6), Meghan Dufault had a game-high three assists while 12 players tallied at least one point.

A SENIOR SALUTE: With Saturday's game easily in hand, UND was able to celebrate its last game in the Ralph Engelstad Arena for its eight seniors.

Senior Jorid Dagfinrud replaced Shelby Amsley-Benzie for nearly the final 10 minutes of regulation while classmates Ashley Furia, Megan Gilbert, Mary Loken, Allison Parizek and Jordan Slavin played the final shift.

After the conclusion of the game, UND's eight seniors returned to the ice to give the fans one more victory lap and another stick salute at center ice.

ONE AND NOW TWO: On Monique Lamoureux's hat trick goal recorded in the third period in Saturday's quarterfinals win over Minnesota State, she passed Wisconsin's Hilary Knight to move into second place all-time in WCHA career scoring with 263 points, trailing only her sister Jocelyne Lamoureux.

200: Head coach Brian Idalski collected his 200th career win in UND's 8-1 victory to sweep Minnesota State and advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off. He now has 92 career wins at UND and 108 while at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

WHAT'S BEST FOR THE TEAM: Since Monique Lamoureux moved back to defense on Nov. 3, UND is 21-5-1 with the only losses coming to Minnesota and Wisconsin. UND is 22-0-1 against unranked teams since Oct. 12.

DEFENSE FIRST: UND is on a program-best pace to set a new record in fewest goals allowed. UND is allowing 2.28 goals per game. The previous best was last year's team, which allowed 2.54 goals per game.

SINCE THE NEW YEAR RANG: Since Jan. 1, UND leads the nation in goals including having five of the top 11 scorers in the nation. Jocelyne Lamoureux ranks first, Monique Lamoureux is fifth, Meghan Dufault is seventh, Michelle Karvinen is ninth and Josefine Jakobsen is 11th.

THE RIGHT SAB AT THE RIGHT TIME: After splitting time in net for most of the first half of the season, freshman Shelby Amsley-Benzie has come on strong in the second half having started the last 15 games for UND. She has gone 12-2-1 during that time with a .924 save percentage, 1.67 goals against average and three shutouts.

ROLLING ALONG: UND enters the Final Face-Off on a 12-game unbeaten streak (11-0-1) which is the longest in program history.

ALL ABOARD: During UND's 12-game unbeaten streak it has had 13 different goal scorers, five players with six or more goals and 19 with at least one point.

AVOIDING THE LETDOWNS: Since splitting two series to open the season against teams that are now not ranked, UND has not lost to an unranked team. Eight of its 10 total losses are against top-six ranked teams and it hasn't lost to anybody excluding No. 1 Minnesota or No. 6 Wisconsin since a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Clarkson on Nov. 2.

IN SEARCH OF 30: North Dakota has already set a new program record with 25 wins this season, but in order to reach all of its goals it would take reaching 30. If UND was to win the WCHA Tournament and the NCAA Tournament it would reach 30 wins.

EARNING ANOTHER CHANCE: UND has advanced to the Final Face-Off and has earned another chance against Wisconsin and looking for another shot at undefeated Minnesota. North Dakota has not lost to any team besides these teams since Nov. 2 versus Clarkson. UND is 22-3-1 when excluding its games against UM and UW.

SETTING THE PACE: UND has gotten off to quick starts in a majority of its games this season having scored the game's first goal in 27 of its 36 contests.

BRIGHT FUTURE: North Dakota recruits had strong showings at the 2013 U18 World Championship as Canadian Halli Krzyzaniak was voted the tournament's best defensive player and was tied for the lead in points by a defenseman (2-5-7) while winning a gold medal. Gracen Hirschy was eighth in points by a defenseman (0-3-3), Amy Menke finished third in scoring (4-5-9) and Lexi Shaw went 2-0-0 with two shutouts helping the United States to a silver medal.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 8 in the USCHO.com Poll.

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