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WHKY Game Notes: Sioux back to action against Manitoba Maple Leafs
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 11/18/2009
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Courtesy: Emily Green, FightingSioux.com

WHAT'S ON TAP: The University of North Dakota women's hockey team is taking on the Manitoba Maple Leafs in exhibition action Saturday at the Ralph Englestad Arena with a 7:07 p.m. start.

MEDIA INFORMATION: Most Fighting Sioux regular season home hockey games can be heard on 1440 AM ("The Fan") and on stations across the Fighting Sioux Radio Network (excluding Oct. 18 against Minnesota State, Nov. 21 against Manitoba Maple Leafs and Dec. 13 against Minnesota) with broadcaster Darrin Looker calling the action. A webcast and live stats will be available at FightingSioux.com

LAST ACTION: The Fighting Sioux skated to a series split against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Ralph Englestad Arena in a series where two contrasting styles met. The Buckeyes came into the series with the second most goals scored but had also given up the most goals against in the league, while the Sioux had not scored a lot of goals or given up many.

The first game got off to a quick start and looked like it would suit the Buckeyes playing style, but eight different Sioux collected points and they edged OSU 5-4. Sara Dagenais, Alyssa Wiebe (2), Kelsey Ketcher and Ashley Furia scored the Sioux goals with Ketcher's being her first collegiate goal and the game-winner.

Defenses showed up in the series finale as neither team would earn 20 shots on goal in the game. The Buckeyes although were better able to take advantage of limited scoring chances as they answered back with a 3-1 win and series split. Ashley Furia scored the lone goal for the Sioux and her second in as many nights.

GAME TIME CHANGE: The University of North Dakota athletics department announced a time change for the November 27-28 women's hockey games versus Maine. The originally scheduled game times of 2:07 p.m. have been moved up to 1:07 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Games are being held in the olympic rink.  

The Manitoba Maple Leafs will promote a balanced lifestyle for all its athletes, where introduction to university is a high priority. The Manitoba Maple Leafs will assist in the transition from high school to university where the athletes will be encouraged to continually compete at the university level.

The vested interest in the Manitoba Maple Leafs is to have these local players return upon graduating from university to participate in the MML Senior Women's National Level Program. The MML Senior Women's team will be playing against various NCAA division I teams as well as Western Women's Hockey teams starting this season.

POLL POSITION: The Sioux are currently not ranked or receiving votes.

SCOUTING REPORT: The Manitoba Maple Leafs are in partnership with the Winnipeg Métis Federation and other MMF regions to provide female hockey players the opportunity to play at the highest competitive level possible. Through the Manitoba Maple Leafs, these girls will reap the many benefits from the team atmosphere such as confidence, friendship, loyalty, maturity and positive social skills.
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