BEMIDJI, Minn. --- The University of North Dakota had never won in three tries at Bemidji State's new facilities in the Stanford Center, but ended that skid Saturday afternoon with 3-1 victory.
UND improves to 6-5-0 (5-4-0-0 WCHA) while the Beavers drop to 2-7-2 and 1-5-1-0 in league play.
Although having now won 10 of its last 12 games against the Beavers, UND entered the contest with an 0-2-1 mark since Bemidji State's new Arena opened in 2009.
The road team welcomed Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) back to lineup for her first game this season and she helped spark the team to the win scoring the eventual game-winner in the second period.
Karvinen was named the game's first star while Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) earned second-star honors with a game-leading two points. Both were assists.
"It was just what we have come to expect from her and a player of her caliber," Head coach Brian Idalski said about Karvinen's play. "Her foot speed is excellent and she handled the puck well. I thought we did a good job of managing her minutes to ease her back into things. That's just the kind of dynamic player she is and she created a lot of offense for herself and her teammates."
Senior Allison Parizek (Minot, N.D.) tallied an unassisted goal at 5:23 of the opening stanza to give UND the lead it wouldn't relinquish. After stepping in front of a breakout pass, Parizek accurately placed a wrist shot just above BSU netminder Jessica Havel's leg pad on the far side of the net.
UND dominated the first period with 29 shot attempts to BSU's 11, but only tallied the one goal entering the intermission. The Beavers blocked 11 shots in that frame alone while UND missed six shots wide.
Havel stopped a backdoor one-timer attempt by Andrea Dalen (Honefoss, Norway) and Karvinen rang a shot off the post or UND could have been up 3-0 at the midway point of the first period.
"I thought we were moving the puck really well," Idalski said. "That was a focus for us during the off week. Moving the puck and coming through the neutral zone with some speed. It was a good effort by our club today."
Karvinen didn't miss in the early parts of the second period, blasting a one-timer from the slot past Havel at 3:17 of the second period.
The Beavers quickly answered as the team's career-leading goal scorer Emily Erickson secured her first of the season with an unassisted tally. Erickson put a shot on net, battled her way to her own rebound, and chipped it past senior Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway).
Entering the contest on a eight-game skid without a goal, senior Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) was initially credited with a goal at 13:26 of the second period, but was reviewed and ruled not a goal to keep the game within a goal.
Bemidji State nearly squared the game shortly after but Dagfinrud was up to the challenge stopping a shorthanded breakaway attempt for the Beavers.
Monique Lamoureux would secure the game's final goal at 19:34 of the second period to end her scoreless streak.
Dagfinrud concluded the game with a 21 saves as she improves to 2-1-1 on the year.
North Dakota finished the game with a 32-22 advantage in shots and a 73-51 advantage in shots attempted.
"Bemidji is always going to block a lot of shots. That is just the way they play," Idalski said. "They do a great job of it, but what is important for us is to just get a lot of pucks towards the net, be hungry on rebounds and when we do have chances we have to finish."
North Dakota will look for its first road sweep of the season Sunday with a 2:07 p.m. start.