Grand Forks, ND – If you haven’t followed the University of North Dakota Women’s hockey team recently you have missed out on quite a bit.
This season under head coach Brian Idalski, UND has become a high-scoring hockey team. They currently have the third-best scoring offense in the country.
Part of that potent offense is the highly-talented tandem of Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls. The Lamoureux twins are second and third in the nation in points respectively and log a ton of ice time. The twins play even strength, on the power play and also kill penalties.
It’s not an understatement to say that they usually play about half the game, and most times are double shifted.
UND also has the nation’s top-scoring rookie in Michelle Karvinen from Rodovre, Denmark, who leads the nation with 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points.
Tonight, Karvinen would add three more goals and an assist to her already impressive point total to help UND run past the Bemidji State Beavers 5-2 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday. The sophomore forward would draw an assist on UND’s game-tying goal by fellow Dane Josefine Jakobsen in the first period, and then follow that up with a natural hat-trick during the second period.
Unfortunately, Karvinen’s night would be cut short by a questionable checking-from-behind penalty at the 5:22 mark of the third period. That major penalty meant her night was over and she would watch the rest of the game from the locker room.
Fortunately for UND, they were able to kill the Karvinen major and had solid penalty killing all night, as they killed all nine Beaver power plays.
UND improves to 17-9-2 overall, 13-8-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and finishes the night in sixth place in the PairWise Rankings.
After the game, coach Idalski congratulated Karvinen on her four point night.
“She was terrific! Obviously that is the kind of impact player we expected when she came in,” Idalski said. “She is feeling comfortable and she has chemistry with a lot of players, and she definitely played at a high level for us this evening.”
After the game, Karvinen said she did not deliberately mean to hit her opponent from behind.
“I was a bit surprised. It wasn’t my intention to hit her in the back but we were skating back at the same time,” Karvinen said.
“When I tried to call her off, she turned around and I accidently hit her in the back.
“Stuff like that happens, but I don’t think it was a five minute penalty. Maybe two minutes.”
In the third period, while killing a BSU power play, Jocelyne Lamoureux added a beautiful spin-o-rama goal – bound to be an instant YouTube sensation.
Lamoureux would also have a strong night in all three zones on the ice and would finished the game with one goal and two assists.
UND came into the game as the most-penalized team in Division I Women’s hockey. That statistic would not change after tonight as UND had to kill nine Beaver power plays.
Idalski was critical of some of the penalties his team have been called for over the course of the season, adding that the continued parade to the penalty box occasionally threw off his team’s rhythm.
“I am going to take the high road with that. It’s hard to get into a flow when they keep calling some of the stuff they were calling down the stretch.” Idalski said.
“I am not sure [the penalties were] overly necessary. I didn’t see a lot of them, especially the Karvinen penalty.
“So, it is what it is, we have to be more disciplined coming down the stretch, because we did need to do that in the third period with all of the penalties both ways.”
The same two teams play the second game of the series Saturday night at 07:07pm at the Ralph Englestad Arena.