UND Women: Observations from Lindenwood Series

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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