|#4/5 North Dakota (9-3-2) at #6 Clarkson (12-3-2)
|Date / Time|| Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 • 2:07 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 • 2:07 p.m. (CT)
|Arena||Cheel Arena (200' x 85')|
|Live Stats|| ClarksonAthletics.com
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North Dakota travels to Potsdam, N.Y., this weekend, Dec. 6-7, for a nonconference series against No. 6 Clarkson. Both games will be played at 2 p.m. (CT). The games will be just the fifth and sixth meetings between the two sides, having played previously a series last season in Grand Forks, and twice in the 2003-04 season.
Live stats for this weekend’s games will be available at ClarksonAthletics.com. A free audio stream will be available online at UNDSports.com and a video webcast will also be provided through AmericanOneSports.com for a fee. Additionally, both games will also air locally in the Grand Forks area on 1440 KKXL-AM.
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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Last Time Out
North Dakota took a break from the norm, hosting the Russian Women’s National Team for a pair of exhibition games over the Thanksgiving break. After a sluggish first two periods in Friday’s contest, North Dakota battled back to force a 3-3 tie. Becca Kohler scored twice on power play to give UND the tie. Freshman goaltender Lexie Shaw then made 31 saves for a shutout in the series finale. Halli Krzyzaniak provided the game winner while on the power play, and Josefine Jakobsen scored unassisted for the insurance goal.
Before the series against Team Russia, UND hosted No. 2 Wisconsin, Nov. 22-23. UND ran into a stifling Wisconsin defense, playing the Badgers to a scoreless tie on Nov. 22, before dropping a 3-1 decision on Nov. 23. Michelle Karvinen scored the lone UND goal of the weekend, finishing off a string of passes from Amy Menke and Meghan Dufault on the power play. Shelby Amsley-Benzie recorded her first shutout of the season in the scoreless tie, making 21 saves, including 12 in the third period and overtime combined.
The Knights have tallied at least a point in eight of nine games and two seniors received monthly honors. Goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month and Rattray took home ECAC Player of the Month honors for November.
Howe has recorded three straight shutouts, five in November, and has seven shutouts on the year, two more than anyone else in the nation. She is also currently first in the country in goals-against average, allowing just over one goal per game (1.01).
Rattray sits at third in the nation with 1.59 points per game, including 12 goals and 15 assists on the season. She is averaging 0.71 goals per game, also good for third in the nation, and she has notched two game winning goals on the season. She tallied a goal and four assists against Princeton, and added two goals the following afternoon against Quinnipiac. Rattray is just six points shy of tying the Clarkson career mark for points. She has 60 goals and 82 assists in 123 games, and trails only Britney Selina ‘10 (148 pts) on the Knights’ all-time scoring list.
Senior Brittany Styner is coming off a weekend in which she scored a goal and added four assists, while sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose added two goals and four assists for the Green and Gold. Styner leads the team with 16 assists and Ambrose is second on the squad in points with 22, five behind Rattray.
North Dakota was the bookend for Minnesota’s record 62-game winning streak. UND was the first and last team to have beaten the Gophers before and after the streak, along with being the first and last team that the Gophers beat during the streak. UND beat the Gophers on Feb. 17, 2012, before losing to them the next night as Minnesota started the streak. 61 games later, UND lost, 6-1, on Nov. 16, 2013, before beating the Gophers the next night, 3-1.
With a record of 9-3-2 (.714), North Dakota is enjoying its best start through 14 games in program history. The previous record through 14 games was set in 2011-12 when UND started 9-4-1 (.679).
Freshman netminder Lexie Shaw has recorded a 3-1-0 record in her four starts in net this season. Her biggest win of the year came when she made a career-high 32 saves against No. 1 Minnesota, Nov. 17, to end the Gophers’ historic 62-game winning streak.
While having only played 31.3 percent of the team’s minutes in net, not meeting the minimum 33-percent requirement for statistical ranking, her .935 save percentage would rank ninth in the nation and her 1.58 goals-against average would rank eighth.
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 12 goals and 21 assists. The 33 points is 10th in the nation for most points by a team’s defense.
Additionally, the UND defense is third the nation in goals (12) and is sixth in shots on goal with 156 (11.14 per game).
Gracen Hirscy is 17th among defensemen in the nation with 40 shots on goal, and Halli Krzyzaniak is 21st with 35 shots on goal.
Hirschy is sixth among the nation’s defensemen with a +15 plus/minus rating. Sam LaShomb is tied for 11th with a +11 rating while, Krzyzaniak is tied for 17th with a +9 rating.
UND’s freshmen have accounted for 41 points (13g, 28a) this season. The class leads the nation in freshman assists (28) and shots on goal (187), and is second in the nation in points (41) and power-play points (14).
Susanna Tapani leads the UND class with four goals and nine assists. Her 13 points ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen, while her nine assists ranks fifth.
UND’s freshmen accounted for 13 points (2g, 11a) during the opening weekend against Lindenwood, Oct. 4-5.
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.
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.
Leading By Example
Senior captain Michelle Karvinen is tied for fifth in the WCHA and tied for 17th in the nation with eight goals.
Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen tied for second in 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 second-best scoring margin in the third period among all teams in the nation, with a +0.86 margin. UND has scored a total of 16 third-period goals, tied for 11th-most in the nation, while the four third-period goals is the fewest in the country.
Best of the Week
A total of two UND players have been named players of the week four 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.
Tapani earned her second Rookie of the Week honor after a two-point outing against No. 1 Minnesota, helping snap the Gophers 62-game winning streak. She helped set up UND’s second goal of the game, before scoring the game-winner on the power play just two minutes later in the first period.
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 dropped to fifth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s national poll with 125 points. In the USCHO.com poll, North Dakota remained fourth for the sixth-straight week, with 106 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.