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UND heads to Minnesota this weekend.
Game Notes: UND set for rematch with Gophers
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/09/2013
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THIS WEEK: Western Collegiate Hockey Association play resumes in earnest this weekend and highlighting the weekend is the match up at Ridder Arena between North Dakota and top-ranked and undefeated Minnesota. The rivals are set to face-off on Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m.

TUNE IN: The Minnesota Gophers offer a pay-per-view webcast through GophersSports.com. Both games will be aired locally on 1440 AM and Saturday's game will also be on 970 AM with Kris Holm calling the action.

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.

ABOUT UM: The Gophers are currently on a NCAA record 28-game unbeaten streak with a 20-0-0 record in 2012-13. The defending national champs are led by all-world goaltender Noora Raty who is on pace to break NCAA records with her 0.71 goals against average, .965 save percentage and she has eight shutouts.

Minnesota has outscored its opponents 114-12 this season led by junior Amanda Kessel (25-29-54) and freshman Hannah Brandt (19-29-48). Defenseman Megan Bozek is third on the team in points (9-20-29).

Head coach Brad Frost is in his sixth season and has amassed a career record of 165-36-16. He is assisted by Joel Johnson and Nadine Muzerall.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: UND trails 5-35-0 all-time against Minnesota and 3-20-0 in Minneapolis. The Gophers swept UND earlier this season in Grand Forks by 5-1 and 4-2 decisions.

LAST ACTION: North Dakota opened its 2013 action last weekend with a series sweep at Lindenwood. UND opened the series with a 7-3 decision as Meghan Dufault had a historic night with a six-point game, including four goals (tied the program record for goals in a game), and factored into all but one goal. After falling behind in the first period, UND answered with three goals within a 90-second span to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. UND dominated the second period as it out shot the Lions 27-7 (matching a program record for shots in a period) and Dufault tallied all three goals. Jocelyne Lamoureux scored North Dakota's lone goal of the third period and UND finished with a 60-22 advantage in shots, two shy of its all-time record set last season against the Lions.

North Dakota jumped all over the Lions in the series finale with a four-goal first period that saw it for the second-consecutive game tie its single-period record with 27 shots on goal. UND added three goals in the second period and one in the third period to match its single-game high of eight goals this season. UND concluded the game 4-for-7 on the power play while holding the Lions 0-for-7. Jocelyne Lamoureux led the offensive charge with four goals and one assist while Josefine Jakobsen contributed one goal and three assists. UND outshot the Lions 54-28 in the game and 114-50 in the series. LU's netminder Nicole Hensley made 99 saves over the weekend.

 

POLL POSITION: UND is not ranked in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Poll or the USCHO.com Poll, but is receiving votes in both polls.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM: North Dakota has not had the success it would have liked against Minnesota in the past few seasons, but then nobody has done better. UND is the only team to have not been shutout in at least one game of a series by Minnesota this year and is the last team to have defeated the Gophers coming last season on Feb. 17, 2012. It is also the only team to have defeated UM twice in 2011-12 during its national championship season and is the last team to have swept Minnesota at Ridder Arena (Oct. 15-16, 2010).

CAREER NIGHTS: Both Meghan Dufault and Jocelyne Lamoureux had career nights against Lindenwood. Both tied the school record with four-goal games while Dufault added a pair of assists for six points and Lamoureux added one assist for five points.

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.

MARKS TO REMEMBER: Jocelyne Lamoureux is now in the top-10 all-time for career scoring at sixth with 242 points (112-130-242). Monique Lamoureux is ninth with 232 (99-133-232). The two rank third and fifth all-time by a WCHA player, respectively.

Both are in the back-half of their senior seasons and chasing the WCHA all-time record set by Hilary Knight who had 262 points including a record 143 goals. Minnesota's Natalie Darwitz holds the all-time conference record of 144 assists.

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