| #6 North Dakota (3-1-1) at St. Cloud State (0-4-2)
|Date / Time|| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 • 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 • 3:07 p.m. (CT)
|Location||St. Cloud, Minn.|
|Arena||Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (200' x 100')|
|Web Audio||KVSC.org (Friday only)|
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North Dakota heads out on its first road trip of the season, taking on St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26. Friday’s game will begin at 7:07 p.m., while Saturday’s will start at 3:07 p.m.
Live stats and web video for both games this weekend will be available at SCSUhuskies.com. Additionally, Friday’s game will be broadcast online at KVSC.org. There will not be any audio stream available for Saturday’s game.
The majority of UND women’s hockey home games can be heard on 1440 KKXL-AM. The games on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 have still yet to be determined which station will broadcast them.
Video webcasts of all home games can be purchased at UNDSports.com, where free live stats are also available. Select home games will also be televised by Midco Sports Net.
Receive real-time updates during all UND women’s hockey games by following @UNDWHockey. Additional coverage can be found at @UNDSports and @rladue.
Fans can also follow the action via live chat at UNDSports.com, hosted by UND Media Relations assistant director Ross LaDue.
Last Time Out
After posting a program-best 4-0-1 start to the season, UND dropped its first contest of the season, losing 2-1 to Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 19. UND won the opening game of the series against Ohio State 5-2.
North Dakota used a hot start to claim a 3-0 lead over Ohio State within the first nine minutes of last night’s game. Tanja Eisenschmid opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the start of the game. Halli Krzyzaniak and Andrea Dalen both provided power-play goals to give UND a commanding lead. Ohio State battled back in the second period, scoring two of its own power-play goals, cutting UND’s lead to just one. Fortunately, North Dakota played a strong third period and scored two goals in final seven minutes to take back its three-goal lead and claim a 5-2 win. Michelle Karvinen and Becca Kohler scored the two insurance goals. The game also marked the first time this season that North Dakota has been outshot. Ohio State came back to gain the edge in shots, 22-21.
On Saturday, Ohio State score two goals in the first period, one coming during a five-on-three power play, to claim their first lead of the weekend. North Dakota proceeded to outshoot the Buckeyes 27-7 in the final two periods, but could only manage to score one goal. Meghan Dufault scored her second goal of the season, with a power-play goal with four minutes left in the game. North Dakota outshot Ohio State a total of 37-16.
With an undefeated record through five games (4-0-1), UND has the best start through five games in program history. The team has never before won three-straight to start a season, and the previous best start through five games was in 2008-09 when UND went 3-1-1.
About St. Cloud State
The St. Cloud State Huskies ended their four-game road stint this past weekend as they traveled to Madison, taking on Wisconsin. The Badgers swept the Huskies 4-1 and 6-0 at the LaBahn Arena.
The Huskies have yet to win a game, having gone 0-4-2 so far this season. Their two ties came against Quinnipiac, 0-0, on Oct. 4, and against Ohio State, 2-2, on Oct. 11. So far this season St. Cloud State has been out scored 19-6. SCSU ranks last in the WCHA in goals per game (1.00) goals-against average (3.17) and power-play percentage (.036).
Senior forward Molli Mott leads the Huskies with two goals and one assist. Junior goaltender Julie Friend has made four starts in net for the Huskies, posting a 0-2-2 record. Friend has a 2.42 goals-against record and a .939 save percentage. Sophomore goalie Katie Fitzgerald has started two games and posted a 4.51 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage.
North Dakota has won the last 10 meetings with St. Cloud State. UND has posted shutouts against the Huskies in seven of those games.
On Oct. 18 vs Ohio State, all four penalties in the game resulted in goals. Bot Ohio State and North Dakota went 2-2 on the power-play, without a single successful penalty kill.
North Dakota’s D-corps has created seven goals and 11 assists. The 18 points is tied for the second-highest scoring defense in the nation.
Additionally, the UND defense leads the nation with 89 shots on goal (14.83 per game). Halli Krzyzaniak is third among defensemen in the nation with 27 shots on goal.
UND’s freshmen have accounted for 22 points (5g, 17a) this season. The class leads the nation in freshman scoring.
Susanna Tapani leads the UND class with two goals and six assists.
UND’s freshmen accounted for 13 points (2g, 11a) during the opening weekend against Lindenwood, Oct. 4-5.
The three-goal third-period comeback on Oct. 12 vs Minnesota Duluth, marked the first time in program history that UND has won a game after starting the third period with a two-goal deficit. North Dakota then repeated its heroics the next night, Oct. 13, overcoming a 3-2 deficit to start the third period to force a 3-3 tie.
Prior to that, the last time UND came back from a third-period deficit to win was on Nov. 3, 2012, when North Dakota started the third period down, 2-1, to Clarkson before winning 3-2.
The Oct. 13 shootout win was just the second WCHA shootout that North Dakota has won in program history. UND had gone 0-8 before beating Wisconsin, 2-1 in four rounds, on Jan. 15, 2012. North Dakota is now 2-10 all-time in WCHA shootouts.
Best of the Week
A total of two UND players have been named players of the week by the WCHA this season.
Susanna Tapani garnered the first weekly honor for North Dakota this season, being named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week on Oct. 9. Tapani earned the award after posting six points in a weekend sweep against Lindenwood.
Michelle Karvinen was named Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Minnesota Duluth, Oct. 12-13. Karvinen had a four-point weekend including a three-point game in the 4-3 come-from-behind win on Oct. 12.
Wasting No Time
Six of the seven freshman skaters registered their first collegiate points while skating in their first collegiate game, Oct. 4 vs Lindenwood. Susanna Tapani was the only one to record multiple points, tallying three assists, and Gracen Hirschy was the first freshman to score a goal. Amy Menke, Halli Krzyzaniak, Kayla Gardner and Lisa Marvin all picked up one assist in the 5-1 win over Lindenwood.
Warroad’s own Layla Marvin and Lisa Marvin combined for a goal in their first game together at UND. In the third period against Lindenwood on Oct. 4, Lisa entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one rush with her older sister. She drew the defenseman out of position before passing the puck over to Layla at the backdoor for the tap-in goal.
UND scored three power-play goals against Lindenwood on Oct. 4. The last time UND scored three power-play goals in a single game was against Minnesota on Jan. 12, 2013.
Josefine Jakobsen scored two power-play goals against Lindenwood on Oct. 4. It was the second time in her career that she has scored twice on the power play in a single game, with the first tiem being against RIT on Dec. 1, 2012.
Junior forward Andrea Dalen was named a recipient of Norway’s Gold Puck award, which is given to the nation’s best male and female hockey players each year.
Return of the Best
Without Minneosta’s Amanda Kessel returning this season, Michelle Karvinen enters the 2013-14 season as the leading career-points scorer in the WCHA. Karvinen had 108 points off of 42 goals and 66 assists in just 63 games.
The 2013-14 roster features players from seven different countries. Six players hail from outside of North America: Andrea Dalen (Norway), Tanja Eisenschmid (Germany), Johanna Fallman (Sweden), Josefine Jakobsen (Denmark), Michelle Karvinen (Denmark), and Susanna Tapani (Finland).
Road to Sochi
North Dakota will have a total of seven current and former players competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will feature recent grads Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, while Team Germany will roster former player Susanne Fellner (2010) along with current sophomore defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid. Senior forward Michelle Karvinen and freshman forward Susanna Tapani will play for Team Finland, while junior defenseman Johanna Fallman will skate for Team Sweden.
Building a Wall
Shelby Amsley-Benzie returns for her sophomore season in between the pipes for North Dakota. In her rookie season, she recorded a .925 save percentage in 20 games played after the start of the 2013 calendar year. During that same time span, Amsley-Benzie recorded a 14-4-1 record and helped UND to its first WCHA Final Face-Off championship appearance and its second NCAA Tournament berth.
North Dakota returns a total of 17 players from last year’s squad. This year’s team features two seniors: Michelle Karvinen and Kayla Berg; along with four juniors: Andrea Dalen, Johanna Fallman, Josefine Jakobsen and Tori Williams.
Welcome to UND
A total of 10 new faces join the UND squad for the 2013-14 campaign, which includes nine freshmen. Junior defenseman Christina LaCombe comes to UND after transferring from Syracuse. The freshmen are goaltenders Annie Chipman (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Lexie Shaw (Troy, Mich.), forwards Kayla Gardner (Warroad, Minn.), Lisa Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Amy Menke (Shakopee, Minn.), Nicole Novak (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Susanna Tapani (Laitala, Finland), and defensemen Gracen Hirschy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepaw, Manitoba).
Attendance at North Dakota women’s hockey home games has ranked in the top five of the nation for the past three years. In 2012-13 a total of 24,468 fans came to Ralph Engelstad Arena to watch UND, an average of 1,223 fans per game, the fourth-best average in the nation.
With 26 victories in 2012-13, UND reached the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive season.
Going to the Dance
UND advanced to the NCAA postseason tournament for the second-straight year, and advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off for the third-consecutive season in 2012-13.
Last year also marked the first time that North Dakota played in the WCHA Final Face-Off Championship game.
How it Ended
North Dakota ended the 2012-13 season one goal away from derailing Minnesota’s route to back-to-back national championships. After meeting in the 2013 Final Face-Off championship game, the two teams squared off for a second-straight weekend at the NCAA quarterfinals.
In the game, the Gophers jumped out to an early lead within the first minute, but UND stayed composed and got on the board to make it 1-1 before the first period came to an end. At the start of the second period, UND returned the quick-scoring favor as Meghan Dufault scored 29 seconds in to give North Dakota a 2-1 lead. However, Amanda Kessel scored with four minutes left in the period to make it 2-2. The remainder of regulation would go scoreless as the two sides headed to overtime. In the extra periods of play, neither side could find the golden goal through 40 minutes of play. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made a total of 16 saves through the first two overtime periods. As the third overtime period came to a close, and after Amsley-Benzie made an additional 11 saves, Minnesota found the game-ending goal during a power play to end the hopes of UND reaching its first-ever Frozen Four. Minnesota would go on to remain undefeated on the season and claim the 2013 NCAA National Championship.
North Dakota was ranked sixth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s national poll with 101 points. In the USCHO.com poll, North Dakota was also tabbed sixth, with 70 points.
(see page 4 for complete poll information)