The UND women’s hockey fans got some much needed good news today, Michelle Karvinen their injured all-world forward will be making her season debut as she returns to the lineup this weekend when UND travels to Bemidji to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers in a Saturday and Sunday series at the Sanford Center.
Karvinen (24g-37a—61pts) has missed all 10 games that UND has played in this season because of an undisclosed injury.
The UND Women’s Hockey team is ranked 10th nationally and is currently sitting in 4th place of the WCHA standings and has had trouble scoring goals this season, so Karvinen’s return to the lineup is a much needed boost for their lethargic offense; to date the UND Women have been outscored by their opponents 22-24.
Getting Karvinen back in the UND lineup is like getting a coveted player at the NHL trade deadline, with her in the lineup, that could be the spark that UND needs to make run in the second half of the season.
UND Women’s head coach Brian Idalski had this to say, when asked about the status of his all-world junior forward Michelle Karvinen.
“Karvinen was cleared this morning,” Idalski said. “She practiced – she looks good – she will play this week.”
On getting Michelle Karvinen back in the lineup this weekend…
“Huge… I mean, she is definitely a threat not only with her skill but with her foot speed,” Idalski said. She’s kind of a kid who can slash in from the exterior and really get in the middle of the ice and push defensemen back. I think we have been lacking a little with that where people on their heels – keep them long and wide and she should open up the ice for more team mates here this weekend I believe.”