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Becca Kohler and UND return to the Ralph Engelstad Arena to host Bemidji State Friday and Saturday.
Game Notes: Shorthanded UND set to host Beavers
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Updated: Saturday 02/06/2013 19:18:37 (ET)
by Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
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THIS WEEK: North Dakota hosts Bemidji State in its second to last regular season home 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 BSU: The Badgers are entering the weekend with an overall 6-18-2 record and entering the weekend off an upset 2-1 win over Ohio State.

The Beavers are second to last in the conference in scoring and have depended on a scoring-by-comittee approach as Natasha Kostenko leads the team with nine goals, but have 16 different goal scorers on the year.

Senior Jessica Havel and sophomore Abby Ryplanski have split time in net with a combined 3.32 goals against average and a .883 save percentage.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: North Dakota leads the all-time series 26-18-3 and 15-9-1 at home. UND is also 11-2-0 in its last 13 meetings against the Beavers and is currently on a seven-game winning streak.

LAST ACTION: North Dakota picked up its first sweep in program history at Minnesota State last weekend by 4-2 and 8-2 scores, respectively.

Sophomore Josefine Jakobsen had a career weekend as she tallied her first two collegiate hat tricks and added three assists for a nine-point weekend.

Linemate Michelle Karvinen added two goals and six assists for eight points in the series.

UND out shot the Mavericks 93-35 on the weekend.

NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE: In the second period on Friday and the first period on Saturday, UND scored an even-strength, shorthanded and power-play goal in a single period.

In its 10 games since Christmas break, including four games against higher-ranked opponents (No. 1 Minnesota and No. 8 Wisconsin), UND has gone 16-for-42 (38.1 percent) on the power play and has limited its opponents to 6-for-54 (88.9 percent) in its own attempts.

SHORTIES UNIT: North Dakota opened the season going the first 25 games with out a shorthanded goal, but has scored on the penalty-kill in each of the last three games.

FINDING HER WAY: Freshman Shelby Amsley-Benzie has started the last seven games for UND in net in which she has gone 5-2 with her losses coming to Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has a .927 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average during those games including two shutout victories.

RECORD WATCH: Jocelyne Lamoureux is now only three points from tying Hilary Knight's (Wisconsin; 2008-12) WCHA record of 262 career points.

Monique Lamoureux is only two assists shy of tying Natalie Darwitz's (Minnesota; 2003-05) WCHA record of 144 career assists.

CARVING UP THE DEFENSE: In her second season, Michelle Karvinen is only four points shy of reaching the century mark. She currently has 35 goals and 61 assists in only 52 games played.

EXCUSED ABSENCE: North Dakota will be without the services of senior Jorid Dagfinrud, sophmores Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen and freshman Tanja Eisenschmid, who are all in Europe competing this weekend for their respective National teams for the final spots in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

SETTING THE PACE: UND has gotten off to quick starts in a majority of its games this season having scored the game's first goal in 19 of its 28 contests.

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.

POLL POSITION: UND  ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 9 in the USCHO.com Poll.

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