No. 7 North Dakota cruises to victory
Fighting Sioux use balanced offensive attack to down Huskies
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Seventh-ranked North Dakota stuttered at points on Friday afternoon, but had enough offensive power to skate to a 6-2 win against St. Cloud State at the National Hockey Center.
UND's top line of Michelle Karvinen, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Jocelyne Lamoureux combined for five goals and 12 points on the day.
Senior Alyssa Wiebe added a goal of her own to tally her 99th career point.
The Sioux improve to 6-4-1 on the year and 3-3-1-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while the Huskies drop to 1-9-1 (0-7-0-0 WCHA).
The Fighting Sioux entered the game looking to get out to a quick start and did so as Lamoureux-Kolls lit the lamp with a slapshot on the power play at 6:14 of the first period. Karvinen won a faceoff in the offensive zone and senior Kelsey Ketcher fed the puck back to Lamoureux-Kolls for the goal.
The Huskies quickly answered though Callie Dahl beat netminder Stephanie Ney with a wrist shot to even the score at 1-1.
North Dakota would finish the first period 2-for-2 on the power play as Lamoureux would score her first goal of the game on a fast break off an assist from her sister, Lamoureux-Kolls.
The Fighting Sioux would hold the slim 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission although they outshot the St. Cloud State by a 32-15 margin.
Karvinen tallied her first goal of the game, and the eventual game-winner, at the 8:57 mark of the second stanza to open up a 3-1 advantage for UND with a slapshot that beat SCSU goalie Taylor VanDenakker from just inside the blue line.
Wiebe made a great individual effort for the second UND goal of the second period as she forced a turnover in the offensive zone and finished it with a goal to extend the Fighting Sioux lead to 4-1. She moves within one point of becoming the first UND player to reach the century mark and have all of her 100 points come as a member of the Sioux.
SCSU's Abby Ness would open the third period's scoring to pull the Huskies within two goals at 4-2, but Karvinen and Lamoureux-Kolls would add goals to help the Sioux pull away late and win by a 6-2 margin.
Karvinen concluded the game with four points (2-2-4), while Lamoureux-Kolls had four points (2-2-4) and Lamoureux added three points (1-2-3) of her own.