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North Dakota women's hockey adds three to 2010-11 roster.
Sioux add three to 2010-11 roster
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Updated: Saturday 05/05/2010 19:29:02 (ET)
by Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota head women's hockey coach Brian Idalski announced today the commitments of Michelle Bonapace-Potvin, Madison Kolls and Michelle Karvinen to play for the Fighting Sioux beginning in 2010-11.

"We are looking forward to adding them to our program and getting a little more talented," Idalski said. "Goaltender Michelle Potvin, defenseman Madison Kolls of Shattuck-St. Mary's, who were national runner-up this past year, and Michelle Karvinen who was an Olympic bronze medalist this past year. It is a big step for us and I am looking forward to next year."

The Fighting Sioux lost four seniors at the conclusion of this season in defensemen Susanne Fellner (Fronhofen, Germany) and Cassandra Flanagan (Great Falls, Manitoba), goaltender Brittany Kirkham (Ottawa, Ontario) and forward Alex Williams (Eagan, Minn.). These three will fill a majority of the roles lost, but Idalski has not ruled out the addition of a few more.

"If we can bring in somebody that can make an impact and be a difference maker for us by all means we are going to do that," Idalski said. "There are still a few kids out there and hopefully we have some more news in a few weeks."

"I think we talk about what we have here facility wise and the fact we are going to be able to develop all those players and make them better for 2014," Idalski said. "That is a big push for us. When the kids get in here and see the campus, the facilities, the Ralph and you have Jocelyne and Monique (Lamoureux) and those caliber of kids, they know that day in and day out they are going to be pushed to be the best they can for that next Olympic cycle in 2014."

Michelle Karvinen - Rodovre, Denmark

Karvinen, a dual citizen in both Denmark and Finland, will join Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux as the third Olympian for the 2010-11 Sioux team as she tied for the team lead in scoring while helping secure a third-place finish for Finland with one goal in the 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics bronze medal game. 

The 5-foot 5-inch forward was the top-point scorer in the Finnish women's league and scored nearly 1.5 points per game (seven goals, nine assists in 11 games) in the Danish under-20 boys league. She was the only European chosen for the All-Star Team at the World Championships in 2009.

Michelle is the daughter of Heikki Karvinen and Hanne Olson.

Idalski said: Michelle is very gifted offensively. She was the Finish Olympic teams leading scorer and through that and her experience being a little older we expect her to step right in and have an immediate impact for us.

Madison Kolls - Hudson, Wisc.

A 2010 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's, Kolls has helped lead her team to a gold medal (2009) and silver medal (2010) finish in the USA Hockey National Championship.

The 5-foot 7-inch defenseman has been a regular invitee to USA National Camps including U17 in 2009, U16 in 2008 and U15 in 2007.

Madison is the daughter of Jay and Rebecca Kolls.

Idalski said: Madison played at a great program in Shattuck-St. Mary's and is a very strong defender that skates extremely well, but is going to need to get a little stronger. She will instantly add some depth to our blue line.

Michelle Bonapace-Potvin - Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

A Ms. Goalie top-five finalist and Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year finalist, Bonapace-Potvin is a 2010 graduate of Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minn.

Bonapace-Potvin had a .900 save percentage in nearly 1000 minutes with two shutouts. She was Minnesota Big 9 All-Conference and honorable mention all-state from 2007-09 and made the National Developmental Program U17 final roster in 2008.

Michelle is the daughter of Mario Potvin and Kathy Bonapace.

Idalski said: Potvin is solid goaltender and solid person. We expect her to come in and compete and push our goaltenders and be a solid kid for us day in and day out.

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