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Bemidji State's Annie Bauerfeld battles with Minnesota's Jocelyne Lamoureux during a game last season at John Glas Fieldhouse. Jocelyne and her sister, Monique, will transfer to North Dakota. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

WCHA: Lamoureuxs will transfer to North Dakota

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Jocelyne Lamoureux called Norh Dakota's Margot Miller this week to tell her old Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School teammate that she will be transferring from Minnesota to UND.

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"Margot didn't believe me at first," Lamoureux said. "She thought I was kidding."

It isn't official yet, but the wheels are in motion for UND to land the Lamoureux twins (Jocelyne and Monique), who grew up in Grand Forks and are coming off of dominant freshman women's hockey seasons for Minnesota.

The twins were granted a release from their scholarships at Minnesota on Tuesday and have already contacted UND women's coach Brian Idalski letting him know their plans to attend UND. Letters of intent could be signed by the end of next week.

The announcement of the transfers has thrust the Sioux women's program into the spotlight like never before. It was the most read, most e-mailed and most commented story on the Herald's Web site on Wednesday.

It also was the hottest item on talk radio and on message boards.

"It's been very heart-warming," Jocelyne said. "Everyone seems pretty excited. That's nice to see. It's making Monique and I very excited to come back here and play."

The twins, who ranked third and fourth nationally in scoring as rookies, said they surprised Gopher coach Brad Frost by asking for a release from their scholarships last week.

"We officially made our decision last week, but we've been thinking about it for a solid three or four weeks, I'd say," Monique said. "Looking ahead, we have three years left in college hockey and we felt like it was in our best interest and it was the right decision for us. We're excited to come home and play for the Fighting Sioux.

"Coach Idalski brought them from two wins under their belts in one season to a .500 program. It's definitely turning around and it's great to see. We're hoping to be part of it."

The twins said that details on the transfer are being worked out right now.

They will have to sit out the 2009-10 season -- one in which they might have missed anyways because they are candidates to be on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team.

If they make the Olympic team, they will likely take online classes full-time so they will be eligible to play for the Sioux in 2010-11.

"Monique and I can't wait to be suiting up in a Sioux jersey," Jocelyne said.

The Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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