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Sioux return to win column in dominant fashion
Courtesy: Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/02/2010
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team looked like a hungry team today in the series finale against Union College, dominating most of the game with a 5-0 shutout win.

Freshman Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) led the way with two goals and 11 shots on goal, while junior Stephanie Roy (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) and sophomores Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec) and Margot Miller (West Bloomfield, Mich.) also scored.

"All three lines produced," head coach Brian Idalski said. "I was happy with (Jessica) Harren and (Allison) Parizek as well. I thought they came in and gave us some hop as our fourth line kids. I rolled them right from the start because of that. I thought everybody contributed and moved their feet and that is what we are striving for. I thought it was a nice team win."

Redshirt freshman Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) completed her second shutout of the season with 14 saves as the Sioux improve to 4-11-3 on the year.

"(Dagfinrud) moving the puck trying to catch them in transition and changes while doing a good job of controlling their rebounds," Idalski said. "I just thought she did a great job of managing the game. Both her wins this season now have came by shutout. So if they score on her, we should probably yank her."

The first shot on goal came at the nine-minute mark for the Dutchwomen (4-15-1) and with shots 7-1 at the 10:34 mark the Sioux took their first penalty of the game, as Kelly Lewis was called for checking at neutral ice. The Sioux held UC to only one shot on the power play and got a scoring chance as Alyssa Wiebe received a nice stretch pass behind the defenseman, but she couldn't finish the breakaway attempt.

On their second power play attempt of the opening frame, the Sioux thought they cashed in on its early pressure. Loken chipped the puck into the net, but the goal was nullified with a penalty called to Jordan Slavin (Erie, Colo.) for interference with 1:14 left on the clock.

The Sioux opened the second period killing off the remaining 46 seconds of Slavin's penalty before turning up the pressure again, gaining another power play attempt on another near scoring chance by Miller, but would come up empty-handed again.

The Sioux finally cashed in when Loken scored on a nice cross-crease pass from Wiebe, getting on the scoreboard at 15:03. Dagenais had the second assist.

Just under three minutes later, the Sioux would again take advantage of crisp passing. This time Stephanie Roy connected from forward linemates Ashley Furia (Sedalia, Colo.) and Miller. The Score would hold entering the second intermission.

The floodgates opened in the third period as Loken and Dagenais would score a pair of goals only 11 seconds apart and Miller added the finishing touch with the games fifth goal at 3:02, 3:13 and 13:51, respectively.

Loken nearly added a sixth goal with 1:46 remaining with two shot attempts turned away from right outside the crease. That or the goal taken away in the first period would have been the first hat-trick by a Sioux since Oct. 25, 2005 by Cami Wooster.

"Mary has always had a great engine," Idalski said. "She works so hard and competes all over the ice. As she gets more comfortable and continues to develop she is going to be a nice, dominate player just because of her energy and work ethic. It was nice to see her get reward for that tonight."

The Sioux won the shot total 32 to 14 (55-29 attempted) and went one-for-five on the power play, holding the Dutchwomen unsuccessful in their three attempts.

UND will return to action in its home series against the defending national champion Wisconsin Badgers next weekend at the Urban Plains Center (Fargo, N.D.) in the Women's Hockey Weekend.

"Wisconsin has gotten some kids back here in the second half and starting to put some things together," Idalski said. "I think it will be a vastly different team then we faced in the first series, as well as we are too. Being in Fargo they are putting together a nice event with some high school games and a D-III game so I think it is going to be a nice experience for our kids all around."

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