|#3/4 North Dakota (16-7-3) at Minnesota Duluth (13-10-5)
|Date / Time|| Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 • 3:07 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 • 3:07 p.m. (CT)
|Arena||AMSOIL Arena (200' x 85')|
|Live Stats|| UMDBulldogs.com
|Web Audio|| KUMD.org
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North Dakota hits the road to take on Minnesota Duluth this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9. Both games will be played at 3:07 p.m.
Earlier in the season North Dakota hosted then-No. 9 Minnesota Duluth, Oct. 12-13, for UND’s first conference games of the season. The Bulldogs led both games heading into the third period, but North Dakota mounted rally’s in both games, posting a 4-3 victory on Oct. 12 and forcing a 3-3 tied on Oct. 13. UND won the shootout after the tie to take five of six points on the weekend.
Live stats for this weekend’s games will be available at UMDBulldogs.com. A webcast will also be provided through AmericaOneSports.com for a fee. A free audio stream of both games will be available at KUMD.org.
The majority of UND women’s hockey home games can be heard on 1440 KKXL-AM. The game on Feb. 15 is still yet to be determined which station it will be broadcast on.
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
UND suffered its first sweep of the season, falling to No. 1 Minnesota at home, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. North Dakota was without the talent of four of its top players, three to the Olympics and one to injury.
UND scored the opening goal of the first game, as Becca Kohler netted her fourth goal of the season off a turnover in front of the Gophers’ goal. However, a strong power-play unit led Minnesota to a 5-1 win, as the Gophers scored three power-play goals on three opportunities.
The hot special teams led the way for the Gophers in the second game of the weekend, as Minnesota scored two power-play goals on its first two power plays of the game. With a 3-0 lead in the third period, Gracen Hirschy scored off a scramble to put UND on the board.
UND goaltender Shelby Amsely-Benzie made a season-high 39 saves in the 3-1 loss. She made a total of 19 saves in the third period, which the most in a single-period in her career.
About Minnesota Duluth
The Bulldogs (13-10-5, 11-8-5-3 WCHA, 41 points) earned their sixth series sweep of the season over the past weekend, beating Bemidji State 5-3 and 2-1 in Bemidji.
Minnesota Duluth is missing two players due to the Olympic Winter Games, freshman defenseman Lara Stalder (Switzerland) and junior defenseman Tea Villila (Finland).
Three players had three-point weekends for UMD at BSU, including Brykaliuk (3g), Hickel (1g, 2a) and McParland, who had assists on both goals last Saturday in addition to her goal Friday.
McParland continues to lead UMD in scoring with 28 points on 10 goals and a now-high 18 assists. She has compiled two or more points in seven games this season, a feat seconding leading scorer senior Jamie Kenyon (12g, 13) has also achieved seven times. Kenyon’s 12 goals are currently a Bulldog high.
UMD ranks sixth in the NCAA with a 18.8% success rate on the powerplay and sits eighth with a penalty-kill percentage of 87.2%.
With Minnesota Duluth sweeping Bemidji State over the Jan. 31-Feb 1 weekend, North Dakota has clinched home ice for the WCHA first-round playoffs, Feb. 28-March 2.
North Dakota is still not mathematically eliminated from finishing first in the WCHA, but it would take Minnesota taking no more than one point in its last six games and Wisconsin to take no more than seven points it its last six games.
If North Dakota can earn five points this weekend against Minnesota Duluth, it will secure at least a third-place finish in the WCHA.
Senior Michelle Karvinen, sophomore Tanja Eisenschmid and freshmen Susanna Tapani have left Grand Forks to meet up with their respective countries to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Former UND players, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux and Susanne Fellner along with current video coach Max Markowitz, will also be in Sochi. You can follow all of their results and updates from Sochi online at UNDsports.com.
During the Jan. 17-18 weekend, Josefine Jakobsen become the newest UND member of the 100-point club. Only four other players in program history have eclipsed the century mark, Jocelyne Lamoureux (220), Monique Lamoureux (190), Michelle Karvinen (129) and Alyssa Wiebe (115). The next closest player to the 100-point mark is sophomore Meghan Dufault, who has 60 points.
If You Ain’t First, You’re Last
North Dakota has a 14-2-2 record when scoring the first goal of the game. On the flip side, UND is 2-5-0 when the opponent scores first.
Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen is tied for fifth in the nation with four game-winning goals and freshman forward Susanna Tapani is tied for 15th with three game-winning goals. Jakobsen has scored game winners against Lindenwood (Oct. 4), Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 12) and two against St. Cloud State (Oct. 26 & Jan. 18), while Tapani scored the GW against Minnesota (Nov. 17), Minnesota State (Dec. 14) and Wisconsin (Jan. 11).
A total of eight UND players have scored game-winning goals this season: Jakobsen (4), Tapani, (3), Meghan Dufault (2), Andrea Dalen (2), Michelle Karvinen (2), Amy Menke (1), Lisa Marvin (1) and Tanja Eisenschmid (1).
North Dakota has the third-best third-period scoring margin among all teams in the nation, with a +0.77 margin (not taking into account empty-net goals against). UND has scored a total of 29 third-period goals, tied for eighth most in the nation, while the nine third-period goals against is the second-fewest in the country.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie and Lexie Shaw have combined for 175 third-period saves. Amsely-Benzie leads the nation’s goaltenders with a .971 save percentage in the third period.
North Dakota’s D-corps has created 16 goals and 35 assists. The 51 points is eighth in the nation for most points by a team’s defense. Additionally, the UND defense is tied for fourth in the nation in goals (16) and is sixth in shots on goal with 260 (10.00 per game).
Gracen Hirscy is 17th among defensemen in the nation with 68 shots on goal, and Halli Krzyzaniak is tied for 24nd with 58 shots on goal.
Hirschy is tied for seventh among the nation’s defensemen with a +20 plus/minus rating. Krzyzaniak is tied for 17th with a +15 rating, while Sam LaShomb is tied for 21st with a +14 rating.
UND’s freshmen have accounted for 65 points (22g, 43a) this season. The class leads the nation in freshman points (65), assists (43), shots on goal (329) and is tied for sixth in the nation in power-play points (14).
Susanna Tapani leads the UND class with seven goals and 12 assists. With 19 points through 20 games, her 0.95 points per game average is third best among the nation’s freshmen.
Gracen Hirschy leads the nation’s freshmen with a +20 plus/minus rating. Halli Krzyzaniak is tied for 11th with a +15 rating.
Warroad’s own Layla Marvin and Lisa Marvin have worked together on three goals this season. Lisa has assisted on two of Layla’s goals this year, one against Lindenwood (Nov. 4) and against Bemidji State (Jan. 24). The two then both assisted on the game-winning goal by Tanja Eisenschmid against Bemidji State on Jan. 25.
UND has won two of three shootouts this season, beating Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 13) and Bemidji State (Jan. 24). Prior to the 2012-13 season, UND had gone 0-8 before beating Wisconsin, 2-1 in four rounds, on Jan. 15, 2012. North Dakota is now 4-11 all-time in WCHA shootouts.
UND has posted a record of 7-1-2 in games played on Fridays this season.
A total of 19-of-21 skaters that have seen action this year have scored a goal for UND this season.