INSIDE HOCKEY » WCHA http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UMass Lowell squeaks past Minnesota State http://insidehockey.com/umass-lowell-squeaks-past-minnesota-state http://insidehockey.com/umass-lowell-squeaks-past-minnesota-state#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:53:44 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57876

WORCESTER, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks kept their season alive on Saturday night as they defeated the Minnesota State Mavericks at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., 2-1.

The River Hawks renewed their rivalry with a former Division II rival Mavericks team on Saturday night. The River Hawks were once again able to top the Mavericks, as they did in 1979 to win the Division II National Title, when the Mavericks went under the name Mankato State.

Following a questionable charging penalty on Ryan McGrath, the River Hawks found themselves down a man for the first time in the game. Halfway through the penalty kill, Joseph Pendenza blocked a shot on his own blue line creating a breakaway for himself. Pendenza skated the length of the ice and backhanded a shot through Cole Huggins five-hole, giving the River Hawks a 1-0 lead.

“We practice a lot on getting that long stick on that d-man for the penalty kill,” said Pendenza. “I just went out their with a long stick and he ended up shooting it into my body. I just went on a breakaway. I had to escape the goalie one way and just put it in the five-hole.”

The River Hawks continued with their success at scoring first, playing with the lead in the first period and taking that lead into the second period. UMass Lowell improved to 20-2-3 when scoring first and 19-0-3 when leading after one period of play.

“Going into every game its a key to get off on the right foot,” said Pendenza. “It was good to get the goal and take the weight off our shoulders and start playing our game. Anytime you can get the first goal it’s huge.”

Zack Kamrass would give the River Hawks a two-goal lead on an empty net goal with 40 seconds remaining and nearly sealing the victory for Lowell. However, the Mavericks tallied their first goal and only goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the first goal scored on Connor Hellebuyck in 201:45, halting his shutout streak at two games.

Hellebuyck once again showed why he is one of the best, if not the best, goaltender in the country. The Winnipeg Jets prospect stopped 35-of-36 shots fired at him by the Mavericks, allowing only the late third period goal by Zack Stephan. Although Hellebuyck’s shutout streak has come to an end, it took a power play and extra attacker for the Mavericks to get one past the sophomore goaltender. Hellebuyck’s last goal allowed was in second period of game three of the quarterfinals against Vermont.

The River Hawks will face the Boston College Eagles on Sunday afternoon in the Northeast Regional Finals for a chance to make a return trip to the Frozen Four. Puck drops at 5:00 p.m. eastern, also at the DCU Center.

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Clarkson Shocks the World – Wins Frozen Four Title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:28:37 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57729

HAMDEN, Conn. - For the first time in the history of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four a non-WCHA team is skating away as NCAA Champions as the Clarkson Golden Knights shocked the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a thrilling 5-4 victory in front of 3573 fans at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers was happily stunned: “What do I say?” Just thrilled beyond belief. The girls believed in themselves all year, even coming in to tonight. They weren’t going to back down and I think they proved it tonight. I am just speechless right now.”

-“I’ll point out the white elephant in this room,” Minnesota senior Bethan Brausen said. “Me and Kelly [Terry] are pretty upset here. But that is just a testament to out team. It’s hard to say goodbye to our teammates more than anything.”

Clarkson (31-5-5) clamped down early and forced the Gophers to play keep away, rather than attack. Much of the night featured dump-and-chase versus their run and gun offense that usually shows. The forecheck worked brilliantly. Still, Minnesota (38-2-1) showed their ability and peppered senior netminder Erica Howe with 12 shots in the opening frame. They were rewarded at the 9:40 mark when Sarah Davis took a puck that was coughed up by Rachael Bona in the left circle off a draw. Davis took a few strides towards the slot and let go a wicked backhander that found the back of the net top shelf to make the score 1-0 Gophers. The goal gives Davis an even 20 goals on the year to round out her career.

The Gophers, with sophomore goalie Amanda Leveille coming off a rough outing against Wisconsin Friday, appeared to struggle defensively. it took 18:37, but the Knights finally broke through. Christine Lambert got a rebound in the goal mouth and put it home through Leveille to make it 1-0. The goal was her ninth of the season. Shannon MacAulay assisted with the initial shot to get the puck on net.

Only 1:03 later, Clarkson took their first lead of the night, as they continued to pressure Livelle. With a delayed penalty and extra attacker, Jennifer Shields came in on the left side and let go a hard slap shot that was tipped in the left circle by Shelby Nisbet to make it 2-1 Knights at the 19:40 mark. It was Nisbet’s ninth of the year with Cayley Mercer assisting on the play.

As if that wasn’t enough, on the ensuing powerplay, Clarkson got into the act again, just 38 ticks into the second stanza. MacAulay had a shot tipped in front and stopped by Levielle, but the ensuing rebound went right to Patty Kazmaier Award winner and senior Jamie Lee Rattray, who scored her 29th of the year to increase the lead to 3-1. Brittany Styner also had a helper on a goal that gave Clarkson a 2 goal lead.

The Gophers are not the number 1 team in the country for no reason, though. They made sure to shut the doubters up before the midway point of the game. at the 6:09 mark, Martanne Menefee scored her 18th goal of the 2013-14 campaign as she redirected a pass by Dani Cameranesi past Howe and into the back of the net.

Almost 2 minutes after the Golden Gophers cut the lead in half, Rachel Bona struck again, scoring her 23rd of the year. It wasn’t as pretty as the goal she had Friday (although she did have a great move on Howe early in the first, that the Clarkson goalie stopped), but much like the previous goals, it was a tap in on a rebound from Megan Wolfe’s shot that put the game back to square one at 7:57. It was Bona’s 23rd goal of the year.

The game stayed tied for the next 23:35, as Clarkson began to play a little sloppy, taking penalties and getting outshot 14-5 in the second. Then, at the 11:32 mark of the third period, the Knights were back. Vanessa Gagnon fed Vanessa Plante in the left circle and Plante let it rip, scoring her third goal of the year and untying the game on what could be considered the most important goal in program history.

Coming into the third told the girls; ‘if you had twenty minutes to win a national championship could you do it,” Desrosiers said. “And they all say ‘yeah, absolutely!”

Then, at the 15:44 mark, Clarkson scored what ended up being the game winner, as MacAulay picked off the puck and skated up the ice on a breakaway, she made a move on Leveille and scored her 13th goal of the year to make it 5-3. She went backhand and top shelf on the Minnesota sophomore standout. with 4:16 left, Clarkson appeared to be in the drivers seat.

“I don’t really know what was going through my mind,” MacAulay said. “I guess I tipped it off the girls stick and I had a lot of time to think about the shot. Without my teams energy on the bench I don’t know if I would have made the shot”

Not for long.

Kelly Terry fed Baylee Gillanders at the left point and she let go a hard slap shot that was redirected by the stick of Clarkson’s Jennifer Shields to cut the lead to 5-4.

That was all the Gophers could get, and in the Championship, it was not enough, as Clarkson gets their first NCAA title in any sport, and the first title in Women’s Hockey for an ECAC program.

For Minnesota, they return 17 players and get two American Olympians back from their Sochi leave.

“This was an incredible team and incredible group of four seniors,” coach Brad Frost said.

“I like to hope that we made our mark on the program,” Terry said. “I think all four of us bring something unique to the table. I have no doubt that this program will be successful for all of eternity.”

At least the program will be successful in the near term.

Clarkson, meanwhile played with 15 skaters, and somehow made it look easy during the tournament.

It doesn’t matter how many skaters we have,” Desrosiers said. “We have had a lot of players step up for us.”

They graduate 7 players including Howe, Gagnon and Rattray.

-“I hope recruits just line up at the door,” Desrosiers exclaimed. “I think it will do a lot for our community and everyone close to us.”

For those seniors, it was a test not only for the championship, but to beat the team they lost to in their first collegiate game.

-“Needless to say we’ve come a long way,” senior captain Carley Mercer said. “We started against Minnesota my freshman year, it didn’t go so well”

Additionally, this win not only puts the Knights back on the map, but, combined with the increased attention put on the Olympic women’s hockey tournament, could shake up the sport completely.

-“It shows that women’s hockey in general is coming a long way,” Desroisers said. “You have those powerhouse teams in the west over the years that won those national championships. Its just nice to be the team to bring one back to the east and the ECAC.

“I think it’s good for hockey to have another team win.”

NOTES:

  • This was the first time that Minnesota had allowed more than three goals since Feb. 11, 2012 when they beat Ohio State 7-4.
  • This was their second loss of the season. Previously they had lost and tied North Dakota this season. They snap a 26 game unbeaten streak.
  • Minnesota fails in their quest to become the second team to win 3 consecutive titles. Minnesota-Duluth won the first three in 2001-03.
  • This was the sixth time an ECAC team played in the National Championship Game. St. Lawrence, Brown, and Harvard (three seasons consecutive), lost the combined first five tournaments. Cornell lost to Minnesota-Duluth in 3 OT in 2010.
  • The already decorated Jamie Lee Rattray added two more accolades to her trophy case. With a goal and assist, she finished the season with 66 points, one more than Hannah Brandt. She was also named to the All Tournament Team (listed below)

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Forward Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

Forward Rachel Bona from Minnesota

Forward Maryanne Menefee from Minnesota

Defense Renata Fast from Clarkson

Defense Baylee Gillanders from Minnesota

Goalie Erica Howe from Clarkson

Most Valuable Player Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

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Teams Prepare for Ultimate Prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:26:57 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57648

HAMDEN, Conn. - Four teams entered and two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum remain. It might be easy to say the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (38-1-1), looking for their third consecutive National Title and sixth overall has the upper hand. Tournament newcomer, the Clarkson Golden Knights (30-5-5), wants to rewrite the history books and become the first non-WCHA team to win a title and the first team from the Potsdam, NY school to win an NCAA Championship.

“I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in yet,” Knights’ co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said. “obviously yesterday we had a big win for the program.”

With inexperienced teams, you tend to not know what you will get. Does a team come out too confident and fall flat after being outplayed? Does a team come out knowing they are facing the best in the country and get beat into submission? While they are still taking it in, Clarkson’s coaches and players believe they are even keel enough to win tomorrow’s heavyweight title bout.

“I kind of view it as a good thing, that it hasn’t sunk in,” Desrosiers added. “We’re going about our business and not overthinking things and just going into tomorrow’s game with an open mind and going out there and just working as hard as we can.

“We’ve never been too high and never been too low. That’s what you want out of your team, especially going into weekends like this. The players are going to enjoy the moment…they remain very focused at the task at hand. They have great aspirations and one of those was to win a National Championship, and they’ve put themselves in a position to do so.”

“We’re ready to be just all in tomorrow,” Clarkson senior forward Brittany Styner said.

“They’re going to get a ‘helluva” good game,” Knights’ senior forward Vanessa Gagnon said Friday night.

“The only film we really have is from last night,” Gophers’ head coach Brad Frost said. “We want to prepare them the best we can…but in the end it comes down to us, and executing for 60 minutes.

“When you’re in the National Championship [you can't play] anything but your best.”

Meanwhile, for the seniors on both clubs, this final game will bring things full circle. These two teams last met – at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, NY – in the opening series of their freshman season, October 1st and 2nd, 2010. Minnesota won by a combined 8-0 (5-0, 3-0). In fact, in five total meetings, including a 3-2 OT victory for Minnesota in the 2010 NCAA tournament, the Gophers have a commanding 5-0 series lead.

“Starting with Minnesota and ending with Minnesota, that’s kind of a cool thing that not everyone gets to do and we get to measure how far we’ve come,” Clarkson senior goalie Erica Howe said.

Meanwhile, it was all smiles on the Gophers’ end. After a wild game to open the Women’s Frozen Four where they snuck out as 5-3 victors over the Wisconsin Badgers, the mood was jovial and relaxed in the post-practice press conference.

In the press conference, Frost was talking about how the seniors all get a practice drill named after them and joked that Sarah Davis would have had a drill named after her, if she scored on a 2-on-1.

“Still working on it,” the 19 goal scorer quipped.

Right on cue, Frost added: “She’s drillless.”

He paused and smiled. “We’ll still try to remember  her.”

If they haven’t done so already, the Gophers have a chance to prove that they are the undisputed dynasty at the Division 1 level.  They are doing it without Olympians Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein. Meanwhile, Clarkson had just 15 skaters dressed for last night’s game, and may have one more added Sunday.

While most in the hockey community are predicting Minnesota to win, and many believe it will not be close, look for the “rookies” to make a statement. Even if they can’t hold out and win, Clarkson has been a beast in the East for years, and their tenacity and determination has carried them this far. Look for them to play a hard game and surprise the Gophers. That being said, Inside Hockey predicts: Gophers 5 Knights 3.

 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray was awareded the  Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Saturday morning. The equivalent of the Hobey Baker Award for the men, Rattray becomes the first Knight to win the award for the best player in the NCAA. The Kanata, ONT native is one of seven seniors on the Knights. Coming into the tournament, she had 177 points, a school record.

RAW Clarkson: http://youtu.be/LVxfFncOCqk

RAW Minnesota: http://youtu.be/KiNsKjhNk9o

 

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Gophers Survive Scare; Advance to Championship http://insidehockey.com/gophers-survive-scare-advance-to-championship http://insidehockey.com/gophers-survive-scare-advance-to-championship#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:46:29 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57613

HAMDEN, Conn. – The term March Madness is often reserved for basketball, but madness was the name of the game, as the #3 Wisconsin Badgers fell to the #1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 to 3 in the opening game of the Women’s Frozen Four at the High Point Solutions Arena on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

It was the fifth time the two WCHA (and Big 10) rivals clashed. It was the fifth time Minnesota won. But it wasn’t without a bit of a scare.

“That was unbelievable,” Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said. “I hope everybody enjoyed the game. If you didn’t I don’t know what needs to happen.”

The Gophers looked flat from the start, and elected to play a more physical game from the opening faceoff. Meanwhile, the Badgers peppered the nation’s number one team with 16 shots, and were rewarded with the games opening goal 18:38 into the first period, as Brittany Ammerman scored her team leading 23rd goal of the year. Ammerman came in on the right side and shot it right through the five-hole of goalie Amanda Leveille.

Minnesota went into the break down 1-0.

“I think we should’ve been up 3-0,” Badgers coach Mark Johnson said.

Their reaction was, in typical Gopher fashion, immediate. The Golden Gophers came out flying in the second and made an early statement as just 33 ticks into the stanza, as Kelly Tarry tapped home a rebound off an initial shot by Dani Cameranesi that hit the post. It was the senior’s 16th goal of the year. Bethany Brausen also assisted on the goal that tied the game at 1 goal apiece.

On that play, Courtney Burke was called for body checking, leading Minnesota to a powerplay. This lead to a game shifting goal, as Maryanne Menefee scored gher 17th of the year on the powerplay to give the Gophers their first lead of the night at 2-1, 2:12 into the period. Tarry attempted a pass that was tipped on goal, and the ensuing save went to the left, where Menefee was ready to put it home.

The tied had turned, but as the Gophers couldn’t find the back of the net (they had 10 chances and converted on two in the period), the Badgers regained their confidence. Wisconsin had turned sloppy, but managed to get the equalizer at the 16:20 mark. Katy Josephs got a great feed from Katrina Zgraja in the defensive end and took it up the right side from blue line to blue line and into the right circle, where she slid it past Leveille to make it 2-2.

And the Badgers were not done. Off an Minnesota icing with 31 seconds left, Karley Sylvester ripped home a one timer from the center point, putting Wisconsin ahead 3-2 going into the break.

“Usually when we play Wisconsin, it’s a race to three,” Frost said. “[We thought] we might have let one slip away.”

That was all the Badger scoring. Tonight, it proved to not be enough.

The Gophers settled in and were confident, scoring the game’s final three goals. Give credit to Alex Rigsby, who did not give up and proved why she was the nation’s best goaltender in 2013-14. She made 34 saves on 37 shots, and kept the Badgers in it all the way through, but 5:37 into the third, Hannah Brandt tied the game with her 23rd goal of the year. Milica McMillen set her up with a great pass from right to left, and Brandt sent the puck through the five-hole of Rigsby to tie the game on the powerplay.

Then, at 8:06, Rachael Bona scored the eventual game-winner on a couple of great moves. First she came in on the left side and made an amazing toe drag to the right of her defender, cutting in front of Rigsby. Instead of going backhand, she faked and went back forehand right in front of the center of the goal mouth and got it over Rigsby’s stick to make it 4-3.

“Normally when I do that I go backhand,” Bona said. “I pulled it to my forehand and it went in. I think she was sliding with me right so I went left.”

The Gophers had to wait about 10 minutes, but were rewarded with an insurance goal in the waning minutes. Baylee Gillanders received a drop pass from Brandt and let go a slap shot so hard she fell to the ice to put the game on ice with her 5th goal of the year at 17:32.

“I just kind of left it there for her and she had an amazing shot,” Brandt said.

The Badgers pulled their goalie but couldn’t put it away and end up heading back to Madison empty handed, going 0-5 against the Gophers this year.

“I’m very proud of how our team played,” Johnson said. “In this setting, it wasn’t good enough.”

Minnesota, meanwhile, will take on the Clarkson Golden Knights on Sunday at 3:00 in the National final as they look for their third consecutive championship.

“I didn’t know I was get one,” Bona said. “On Sunday I’ll be playing for my third in three years…it’s unbelievable.”

“Most teams don’t get a chance to play in one National Championship Game,” Brandt said.

NOTES:

  • Minnesota was 0-1-1 when trailing going into the third period. Their lone loss came to North Dakota and the tie was against Ohio State (Minnesota lost in a shootout)
  • Wisconsin’s Rigsby finishes her NCAA career with an even 100 wins.
  • It was the third time Minnesota had beaten Wisconsin by 2 goals or less this season

RAW Minnesota: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hr2DHsUW2U

RAW Wisconsin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUm2SqkuKMc

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Photo Gallery: North Dakota @ Ohio State (2/22/14) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-north-dakota-ohio-state-22214 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-north-dakota-ohio-state-22214#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:07:22 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=56608

The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrated Senior Day by sweeping North Dakota with a 3-1 win Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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UND and BSU Tie in Bemidji http://insidehockey.com/und-and-bsu-tie-in-bemidji http://insidehockey.com/und-and-bsu-tie-in-bemidji#comments Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:27:32 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=55628

Bemidji, MN – The University of North Dakota entered Friday’s game against the Bemidji State Beavers riding a seven-game winning streak. Unfortunately, that seven-game win streak would come to an end with a 1-1 tie against the Beavers.

Adam Walsh saves the Beavers from defeat  

I know it’s cliché, but you can cue the hot goalie reference. You have to give credit where credit is due. Junior goalie Adam Walsh was very good on Friday night. UND bombed the net with shots. UND did everything right, but score goals.

The shots were very lopsided, as UND outshot BSU 38-14 through three-periods of play. UND threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Beavers, but Walsh did not bend. It just wasn’t meant to be, Bemidji State junior goalie Adam Walsh stood his ground stopping 37-of-38 shots during regulation. UND’s fortunes didn’t change in the overtime either, as Walsh was equally good, stopping five more shots.

Walsh unlikely starter

If Beavers freshman goalie Jesse Wilkins hadn’t been hurt, Walsh wouldn’t have been the starter. Currently, Wilkins is suffering from a groin injury was unable to go. The Beavers coaching staff inserted Adam Walsh in his place and the junior goalie didn’t disappoint.

Close but no cigar

The Beavers would come close to winning the game in the overtime period. With 30 seconds left in overtime, Beaver forward Radoslav Illo rang a puck off the pipe. UND goalie Zane Gothberg had no idea where the puck was. The puck was cleared by a UND defender and Brendan O’Donnell had a chance going the other way that was saved by Walsh.

After the game, Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore sounded pleased with the tie against UND.

“We were on our heels,” Serratore said. “They played with great pace. Our puck management wasn’t very good in that first period and we allowed them to play a 200-foot game.”

“That’s not want you want them to do. You have to play a halfcourt game with them. You have to manage the puck, and possess the puck down low. The first period we neglected to do that.”

After the game, UND head coach Dave Hakstol didn’t seem all that satisfied with the tie.

“You can always do a little more,” Hakstol said. “We played well. We played hard for 60 minutes. We’ve got to, somewhere along the way, find a way to make one more play in a game like tonight.”

“We have to be a little better. We have to have a lot of the same, but a little bit better. We’re playing for a series (win). That’s what’s left on the table for us. We have to play a little bit better hockey game.”

To some the tie will seem like a loss, but I think we should look at it as a continuation of an eight-game unbeaten streak.

[Box Score]

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Photo Gallery: Penn State @ Ohio State (1/4/2014) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-penn-state-ohio-state-142014 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-penn-state-ohio-state-142014#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:29:37 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=55042

The Ohio State women’s hockey team swept Penn State with a 4-0 win Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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Photo Gallery: BGSU @ OSU (10/29/13) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-bgsu-osu-102913-2 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-bgsu-osu-102913-2#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:28:27 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=53056

The Ohio State University Buckeyes beat the Bowling Green State University Falcons 5-3 Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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Photo Gallery: Ohio State @ BGSU (10/15/13) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-ohio-state-bgsu-101513 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-ohio-state-bgsu-101513#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:16:48 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=52690

The Bowling Green State University Falcons beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 4-3 Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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UND Women: Observations from Lindenwood Series http://insidehockey.com/und-women-observations-from-lindenwood-series http://insidehockey.com/und-women-observations-from-lindenwood-series#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:42:55 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=52347

This weekend, the University of North Dakota Women’s team swept the Lindenwood University by a combined goal total of 11-2. The Lady Lions which hail from Saint Charles, Missouri, proved to be a pesky bunch, but in the end they were outmatched by UND’s depth.  Here are a few things that stuck out from this weekend’s series.

The KKD line showed amazing chemistry this weekend

UND’s second line of Michelle Karvinen, Becca Kohler and Meghan Dufault, showed amazing chemistry after only one weekend of play. The Lady Lions had no answer for this lines speed and if hadn’t been for the Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley, they would have scored a lot more goals than they did this weekend. When asked about her line mates’ senior forward Michelle Karvinen was very complementary.

“I think we took a big step this week,” Karvinen said. “Becca Kohler and Megan Dufault are amazing players and when we start getting more goals we’re going to be a dangerous line. It’s going to be really great for our team, to have more lines that can score this year, it’s going to be huge. I am just excited for what is going to happen this season.”

UND head coach Brian Idalski was very pleased with play of his top two lines this weekend.

“Yeah, I like our top two lines,” Idalski said. “They’re playing well, they’re clicking well, they moved the puck pretty well. Obviously, we have a couple of ‘D’  behind them that are helping them get on offense, a little bit faster this year. Those two (lines) are good. We have to sort out (lines) three and four. Quite honestly, there wasn’t a lot of kids that played themselves out of that position. I thought they all had their spots where those groups of kids played well. It’s going to be interesting for us next week.”

Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley stands tall in net for the Lions

One of the stories on the weekend was the play of the Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley. The sophomore from Lakewood, Colorado stopped 115 of 126 shots she faced for a .912 save percentage. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for the play of Hensley, the scores would have been more lopsided then they were. UND head coach Brian Idalski was very complimentary of the Lion’s goalie.

“Their goaltender (Hensley) is legit,” Idalski said. “She was solid; it kind of takes you back when Bemidji had a couple of goaltenders. She was fantastic, or I think the score would have been a little bit different.”

Josefine Jakobsen and Susanna Tapani have big weekend for UND

Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) and freshman forward Susanna Tapani (Laitala, Finland) were nothing short of amazing this weekend. The duo scored an impressive 12 points combined.  In case anyone is keeping track, Jakobsen scored (2g-4a—6pts) and Tapani scored (1g-5a—6pts) on the weekend.

After the game, an excited Susanna Tapani talked about her weekend and playing with her line mates Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen.

“It’s always good to start with point, but it’s not the most important thing,” Tapani said. “They’re very good and it’s lots of fun playing with them, it’s European style (hockey), it’s good.”

The UND women’s team returns to the ice next on October 12 & 13 at 2:07 p.m., when they face the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in an important two games series.

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