| #4 North Dakota (8-1-1) at #1 Minnesota (12-0-0)
|Date / Time|| Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 • 2:07 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 • 2:07 p.m. (CT)
|Arena||Ridder Arena (200' x 85')|
|Live Stats||Saturday | Sunday|
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North Dakota travels to Minneapolis to take on the No. 1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17. Both games will begin at 2:07 p.m.
Live stats and a free audio stream for both games this weekend will be available at GopherSports.com. A video webcast will also be provided through GopherSports.com for a fee.
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.
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Fans can also follow the action via live chat at UNDSports.com, hosted by UND Media Relations assistant director Ross LaDue.
Last Time Out
North Dakota picked up its second-straight road sweep, downing Bemidji State by scores of 6-2 and 5-1, Nov. 1-2. UND was missing forwards Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani, but still managed to tie a season-high scoring 11 goals over the weekend. UND received goal scoring from a total of eight different players in the series, with 14 players recording points.
Meghan Dufault recorded her second career hat trick on Nov. 1, and tied an NCAA record with two shorthanded goals in the contest. Freshman Amy Menke scored her first-two collegiate goals in the finale, as freshman netminder Lexie Shaw made her second career start in net and picked up the win stopping 22 of 23 shots.
In the first game of the series, Dufault opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal halfway through the first period. Just over a minute later, Sam LaShomb scored on the power play, while Dufault added a second shorthanded goal before closing out the first period. Dufault then completed her hat trick, scoring the first goal of the second period. Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen added two more UND goals before the end of the game.
On the following day, Gracen Hirschy scored within two minutes of the start of the game, but Bemidji State clamped down defensively afterward, not allowing any more goals that period. In the second period, however, Menke scored twice and Tori Williams scored her first of the season to put UND up 4-0 before BSU scored on the power play. Kayla Berg then scored her first of the season in the third period to bring the final score to 5-1.
NCAA Today’s Top 10
Former UND player, Jocelyne Lamoureux was recognized by the NCAA with one of its highest honors, being named a recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award. The award recognizes student-athletes who completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom, and in the community.
With a record of 8-1-1 (.850), North Dakota is enjoying its best start through 10 games in program history. The previous record through 10 games was set in 2008-09 when UND started 7-2-1.
The No. 1 Golden Gophers (12-0-0, 10-0-0-0 WCHA, 30 points) extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 61 games with a WCHA series sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend. The Gophers topped the Huskies, 4-1 and 4-3, on the road.
Sophomore Hannah Brandt is one point away from the century mark in career points (37g, 62a).
Amanda Leveille is second in the WCHA with a 1.33 goals-against average (7th in the nation) and a .944 save percentage (6th in the nation). She is second nationally with four shutouts.
The Gophers have the nation’s third-best offense, averaging 4.33 goals per game. Minnesota has allowed 1.33 goals per game in 12 games, good for sixth in the NCAA.
Hannah Brandt is tied for the WCHA lead with 17 points and Kelly Terry is tied for the WCHA lead with eight goals. Brandt is tied for the national lead with 13 assists. Ramsey is tied for second among WCHA defensemen with 13 points and is tied for sixth in the nation among defensemen at 1.08 points per game.
Minnesota’s power-play is the WCHA’s best, converting on 14 of 43 attempts (32.6%).
Minnesota has the highest scoring defensive corps in the nation with 35 points in 12 games (10g, 25a).
Minnesota is currently on a 61-game winning streak, with North Dakota having been the last team to defeat the Gophers, a 2-1 win in overtime on Feb. 17, 2012 in Ridder Arena.
Four Nations Rewind
Three current skaters traveled to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the 2013 Four Nations Cup. Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani played for Team Finland, while Johanna Fallman skated for Team Sweden. Former UND skaters, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoreux skated for the U.S.
Finland pulled off a 3-1 upset against Team USA, to advance to the gold medal game. Tapani scored the game-winner against the Americans. Unfortunately, Team Finland lost to undefeated Canada in the championship. After losing to Finland, the U.S. defeated Sweden 8-1 for the bronze medal.
Sophomore Meghan Dufault tied an NCAA record scoring two shorthanded goals against Bemidji State on Nov. 1. The first record was set by Minnesota Duluth’s Caroline Ouellette in 2003.
A total of 19-of-20 skaters that have seen action this year have recorded points. Additionally, 17 skaters have recorded at least one goal this season.
North Dakota’s D-corps has created 11 goals and 20 assists. The 31 points is third in the nation for most points by a team’s defense.
Additionally, the UND defense leads the nation in goals (11) and is second in shots on goal with 131 (13.10 per game).
Halli Krzyzaniak is tied for 10th among defensemen in the nation with 32 shots on goal.
Gracen Hirschy is tied for second among the nation’s defensemen with a +13 plus/minus rating. Krzyzaniak is tied for fourth with a +12 rating.
UND’s freshmen have accounted for 35 points (10g, 25a) this season. The class leads the nation in freshman point scoring (35), assists (25), shots on goal (146) and power-play points (11).
Susanna Tapani leads the UND class with three goals and eight assists. Her 11 points and eight assists is also tied for third in the nation among freshmen.
Gracen Hirschy and Halli Kryzaniak lead the nation’s freshmen with a +13 and +12 plus/minus rating, respectively.
UND’s freshmen accounted for 13 points (2g, 11a) during the opening weekend against Lindenwood, Oct. 4-5.
Leading By Example
Senior captain Michelle Karvinen is tied for third in the WCHA and tied for ninth in the nation with seven goals.
Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen leads the nation with three game-winning goals. Jakobsen has scored game winners against Lindenwood (Oct. 4), Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 12) and St. Cloud State (Oct. 26).
North Dakota is has the third-best scoring margin in the third period among all teams in the nation, with a +14 margin. UND has scored a total of 15 third-period goals, the third most in the nation, while being the only team in the country to have conceded one third-period goal.
Best of the Week
A total of two UND players have been named players of the week three times 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.
Karvinen earned her second Offensive Player of the Week honor after a five-point weekend against St. Cloud State, Oct. 25-26. She scored four goals over the weekend, two in both games, including a game-winner, a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal.
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.
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 third 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 3-10 all-time in WCHA shootouts.
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.
North Dakota was ranked fourth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s national poll with 127 points. In the USCHO.com poll, North Dakota was also tabbed fourth, with 104 points.
(see page 5 for complete poll information)
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.