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Game Notes: UND opens 2013 at Lindenwood
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Updated: Tuesday 01/02/2013 16:32:13 (ET)
by Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
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THIS WEEK: North Dakota opens its second half of the season and 2013 play with a non-conference series in St. Charles, Mo., against the College Hockey America's Lindenwood Lions.

TUNE IN: The Lindenwood Lions offer a webcast that can be purchased through LindenwoodLions.com. There is no audio for the game.

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.

ABOUT LU: The Lions are in their second season at the Division I level and enter the series with an overall 1-16-1 record and an 1-4-1 mark within College Hockey America. LU is led by head coach Vince O'Mara who is assisted by Katie Kells and Cory Whitaker.

The Lions opened its 2013 action this Tuesday and Wednesday with 6-1 and 6-0 losses to Minnesota State and will have a short time to regroup before facing UND.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: UND defeated the Lions 14-0 last year in Grand Forks to win the only meeting all-time. Monique Lamoureux had a program record eight-point game (4-4-8).

LAST ACTION: UND saw its program record seven-game winning streak come to an end with a pair of losses at Wisconsin. UND outshot the Badgers in all three periods Saturday and 35-26 total, but would allow three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss. Josefine Jakobsen set a new career high with her sixth-consecutive game with a point as she game UND the early lead only 40 seconds into the first period. Andrea Dalen doubled the lead with her third goal of the season at 9:38 of the second period. Wisconsin would get on the scoreboard as Madison Packer scored on the power play. UW used the energy of its home crowd to keep the momentum going as Brianna Decker evened the game only 30 seconds later and Alev Kelter would tally the lone goal of the third period for the eventual game-winner.

Wisconsin would secure the sweep with a three-goal second period that saw them tally a power play, shorthanded and even-strength goals. UND's Meghan Dufault would score the team's lone goal, one the power play, at 13:16 of the third period. The goal extended her career-long point streak to three games. She is now fourth on the team in goals with five.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 10 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Poll and unranked in is receiving votes in the USCHO.com Poll.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE: UND's Michelle Karvinen and Tanja Eisenschmid will be absent from this weekend's action competing for their respective national teams.

TAKE ONE STEP BACK, TWO STEPS FORWARD: Since being moved back from forward to defense this season, Monique Lamoureux has helped spark UND to a 7-2 record, exploding for 18 points, including 11 goals, after opening the year with only one goal and nine points in nine games at forward.

SPECIAL (M)K: UND welcomed the reigning WCHA Rookie of the Year back to the lineup in Michelle Karvinen after missing the first 10 games of the season due to an off-season leg injury. She is averaging 2.38 points per game this season (4-15-19).

LOOKING FRESH: UND continues to go with Jorid Dagfinrud in the cage to open its two-game series and return with Shelby-Amsley Benzie in finales. The two have combined for a 2.38 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.

MARKS TO REMEMBER: Jocelyne Lamoureux is now in the top-10 all-time for career scoring at ninth with 234 points. Monique Lamoureux is 11th with 227. The only active player that is close is Wisconsin's Brianna Decker who has 221 points. All three have played 128 games in their careers.

All three are in the back-half of their senior seasons and chasing the WCHA all-time record set by Hilary Knight who had 262 points including a record 143 goals. Minnesota's Natalie Darwitz holds the all-time conference record of 144 assists.

HEATING UP: Josefine Jakobsen had a tremendous second half of her freshman season after getting off to a slow start. This season was close to the same, but she is heating up before the Christmas break this year now fourth on the team with 16 points.

TROUNCING OF THE TIGERS: In UND's 8-2 win over RIT, North Dakota opened a 4-1 lead during the first period outshooting the Tigers 26-4. The 26 shots and 22 shot differential were both second bests in program history. UND out shot Vermont 27-3 on Jan. 6, 2003, in a 4-1 second period.

REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Redshirt freshman Shannon Kaiser tallied her first collegiate goal against RIT. Scoring on a breakaway, Kaiser also scored on her first collegiate shot on goal.

Freshmen Meghan Dufault, Becca Kohler, Leah Jensen and Tanja Eisenschmid have also scored their first collegiate goals this season.

BACK IN BLACK: North Dakota sported its new black jerserys in its 7-3 win over Bemidji State.

FOUR NATIONS CUP: Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Finland. Jocelyne Lamoureux had one goal and four assists while Monique Lamoureux added one goal and three assists and was named her team's player of the game against Sweden.

ONE STEP CLOSER: Sophomore Josefine Jakobsen and Denmark went 3-0 in the Pre-Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Latvia. The Danes will now advance to the Final Olympic Qualification Group C Tournament in Poprad, Slovakia, held Feb. 7-10.

WHEN FRIENDS BECOME FOES: Four teams in Denmark, Japan, Norway and Slovakia will compete in the Final Qualification Group C Tournament in Poprad, Slovakia, held Feb. 7-10. UND's Josefine Jakobsen, who competes for Denmark, will compete to advance to 2014 Olympics against collegiate teammates Jorid Dagfinrud and Andrea Dalen when they face off against Norway. Jakobsen and Dalen are also roommates in Grand Forks.

STARTING STRONG: North Dakota has scored the game's first goal in nine of its 14 contests.

A CLEAR STEP: North Dakota and Megan Gilbert were awarded the team's first penalty shot in the series-opener against St. Cloud State since Jan. 25, 2008.

OLD VETS VS. THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS: Of the 26 athletes on UND's 2012-13 roster, eight of them are seniors and 12 are either redshirt freshmen or true freshmen. UND enters the season with six players that over 100 games of experience, 17 with less than 40 games and only three in the middle.

COACHES CHOICE: North Dakota was picked to finish second in the WCHA Pre-Season Coaches Poll, behind defending national champion Minnesota and tied with defending WCHA regular-season champion Wisconsin.

UNITED NATIONS: North Dakota continues to expand its recruiting pipeline while pursuing local standouts as well. UND has four players from North Dakota, 10 from Minnesota, two from Colorado, two from Manitoba, one from Ontario, one from Quebec and six from Europe (Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden).

BONUS SCHOOL: Jorid Dagfinrud, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux have all received their bachelor's degrees from UND and are pursuing their master's degrees.

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