GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- After starting the season 0-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after a hard-fought couple of losses to top-ranked Wisconsin, the University of North Dakota women's hockey team was anxious to return to league play.
The Sioux came out with an explosion tonight in its WCHA home-opener as they blew past the Ohio State Buckeyes 11-1 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) led the way tying the school record with a 5-point game as 13 different Sioux collected at least one point.
The Sioux broke the school record for most goals scored in a game (11), largest margin of victory (10) and largest margin of victory over a conference opponent (10). The Sioux also did so with an attendance of 3,010 falling just shy of the school record 3,200.
In another dominant effort on the special teams units, the Sioux went 2-for-6 on the power play while killing all 10 Buckeye's chances. The Sioux have now scored at least two power-play goals in their last four games and have went 9-for-20 (.450) after starting the season 1-for-17 (.059).
They have also killed their last 18 penalties since allowing the late power-play goal that permitted Wisconsin to send the game to overtime in the series finale at Kohl Center.
Lamoureux-Kolls opened the game's scoring at the 7:14 mark of the first period which opened the flood gates. The Sioux scored four more goals in the next eight minutes to take a 5-0 lead in the intermission.
Looking to not have a letdown entering the second stanza, Karvinen scored her second goal of the game only eight seconds into the period with blast from just inside the blue line.
Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored her second point (97th career point) and first goal of the game only 1:28 later to give the Sioux a seven goal advantage before OSU got on the scoreboard.
Senior Laura McIntosh scored her third goal of the season and 138th point of her career as the Buckeyes took advantage of a turnover in the Sioux zone. There would be no life breathed into the Buckeyes though as UND went on to score three more following that goal and finish the second period with a lopsided 11-1 lead.
Karvinen secured her first collegiate hat trick with the game's final goal coming at 14:37 of the second stanza.
Freshman Michelle Bonapace-Potvin (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) closed out the game in net for the Sioux seeing her first collegiate experience. In 9:18 of action she stopped all four shots faced.
Senior Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) made 18 saves recording the win in net.
The Sioux return to action at the Ralph Engelstad Arena tomorrow evening at 7:07 p.m. and will look to start the season 4-0 at home which would to tie the UND record for home unbeaten streak to start a season.