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UND welcomes RIT in non-conference action
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Updated: Wednesday 11/28/2012 14:54:19 (ET)
by Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
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THIS WEEK: North Dakota hosts Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) this weekend in a nonconference series at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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

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.UNDSports.com.

There is a pay per view webcast available through www.UNDSports.com.

ABOUT RIT: The Tigers are in their inaugural season competing at the Division I level, only months removed from winning the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship, and compete in College Hockey America. They are currently 6-5-2 and 1-3-2 within league play.

The Tigers are coached by Scott McDonald, who is in his seventh season with a career record of 141-27-10. He is assisted by Shivaun Siegl.

Led by a trio of senior forwards, Ariane Yokoyama leads the squad with eight points (2-6-8), Kim Schlattman in goals (6-1-7) and Tencia Hiller adds seven points (4-3-7).

Sophomore Ali Binnington and junior Laura Chamberlain have combined in net for a 2.04 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: These are the first meetings between UND and RIT.

LAST ACTION: North Dakota continued its winning ways with its first-ever series sweep over Minnesota Duluth. UND earned 4-3 and 5-2 victories.

Monique Lamoureux led UND with a five-goal weekend while Josefine Jakobsen tallied her first three goals of the season. Jocelyne Lamoureux added one goal and four assists, Michelle Karvinen had a pair of helpers in each game and Tanja Eisenschmid had a career-high three assist game in the finale. Ten skaters registered at least one point in the series.

North Dakota appeared to be on its way to a 3-1 win, scoring two goals late in the third period Friday. Minnesota Duluth answered back, tying it with two goals in the final 14 seconds, including one moments before the buzzer with 0.2 seconds put back on the scoreboard after an official review.

 

It was UND with the final score. After killing a full two-minute penalty to open the extra time, Monique Lamoureux took a a dop pass from Allison Parizek, faked, and then snapped a shot by UMD's Kayla Black for the overtime-winner at the 3:08 mark.

Monique Lamoureux and UMD's Katie Wilson exchanged goals in the first stanza on Saturday, but UND would pour on four straight goals, including a hat trick for Lamoureux, to open a 5-1 lead late in the third period. UMD would score with five seconds left on the clock for the final 5-2 score.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 8 in this week's USCHO.com Division I Women's Hockey Poll.

REACHING UNCHARTED WATERS: UND enters this weekend on a five-game winning streak. It can tie and break its program record of a six-game winning streak, set in 2003-04, with a sweep of RIT. Its longest unbeaten streak is eight games during the 2010-11 campaign.

TAKE ONE STEP BACK, TWO STEPS FORWARD: Since being moved back from forward to defense this season, Monique Lamoureux has helped spark UND to its five game winning streak, exploding for 10 points, including eight goals and both game-winners this past weekend.

SPECIAL (M)K: UND welcomed the reigning WCHA Rookie of the Year back to the lineup in Michelle Karvinen after missing the first 10 games of the season due to an off-season leg injury. She is averaging 2.5 points per game this season (2-8-10) while UND offensive production has jumped from 2.2 goals per game to 4.7.

LOOKING FRESH: UND continues to go with Jorid Dagfinrud in the cage to open its two-game series and return with Shelby-Amsley Benzie in finales. During the past five wins, the two have combined for a .917 save percentage and a 2.18 goals against average.

MARKS TO REMEMBER: Jocelyne Lamoureux is now in the top-10 all-time for career scoring, tied for ninth, with 229 points. Monique Lamoureux is tied for 13th with 219. The only active player that is close is Wisconsin's Brianna Decker who has 216 points. All three have played 124 games in their careers.

BACK IN BLACK: North Dakota sported its new black jerserys in its 7-3 win over Bemidji State.

FOUR NATIONS CUP: Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Finland. Jocelyne Lamoureux had one goal and four assists while Monique Lamoureux added one goal and three assists and was named her team's player of the game against Sweden.

ONE STEP CLOSER: Sophomore Josefine Jakobsen and Denmark went 3-0 in the Pre-Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Latvia. The Danes will now advance to the Final Olympic Qualification Group C Tournament in Poprad, Slovakia, held Feb. 7-10.

WHEN FRIENDS BECOME FOES: Four teams in Denmark, Japan, Norway and Slovakia will compete in the Final Qualification Group C Tournament in Poprad, Slovakia, held Feb. 7-10. UND's Josefine Jakobsen, who competes for Denmark, will compete to advance to 2014 Olympics against collegiate teammates Jorid Dagfinrud and Andrea Dalen when they face off against Norway. Jakobsen and Dalen are also roommates in Grand Forks.

REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: UND freshman Meghan Dufault was held without a goal through her first seven games of the season, but the scoring drought came to an end in a way she will remember. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native, scored both North Dakota goals against No. 1 Minnesota.

Freshmen Becca Kohler, Leah Jensen and Tanja Eisenschmid have also scored their first collegiate goals this season.

STARTING STRONG: North Dakota has scored the game's first goal in eight of its 12 contests.

A CLEAR STEP: North Dakota and Megan Gilbert were awarded the team's first penalty shot in the series-opener against St. Cloud State since Jan. 25, 2008.

OLD VETS VS. THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS: Of the 26 athletes on UND's 2012-13 roster, eight of them are seniors and 12 are either redshirt freshmen or true freshmen. UND enters the season with six players that over 100 games of experience, 17 with less than 40 games and only three in the middle.

COACHES CHOICE: North Dakota was picked to finish second in the WCHA Pre-Season Coaches Poll, behind defending national champion Minnesota and tied with defending WCHA regular-season champion Wisconsin.

UNITED NATIONS: North Dakota continues to expand its recruiting pipeline while pursuing local standouts as well. UND has four players from North Dakota, 10 from Minnesota, two from Colorado, two from Manitoba, one from Ontario, one from Quebec and six from Europe (Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden).

BONUS SCHOOL: Jorid Dagfinrud, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux have all received their bachelor's degrees from UND and are pursuing their master's degrees.

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