Beavers grab early lead, fall to North Dakota 5-2 in women's hockey
Bemidji State scored on its first shot Friday night. "I told the bench, 'big deal,'" UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski said. "We've done it so many times that nobody should be rattled or startled. And they weren't. The team that has now give...
Bemidji State scored on its first shot Friday night.
"I told the bench, 'big deal,'" UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski said. "We've done it so many times that nobody should be rattled or startled.
And they weren't.
The team that has now given up a goal on the first shot of the game six times since Thanksgiving went to work and came out with a 5-2 victory over Bemidji State in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Michelle Karvinen notched a natural hat trick in just 4 minutes, 55 seconds, and had a four-point night. Jocelyne Lamoureux added to her nation-leading point total with a goal and an assist and her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, had two assists to help UND improve to 17-9-2 overall and 13-8-2-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
Lamoureux tied her own school record with her 28th goal of the year - a beautiful 360-spin move shorthanded - her 68th point of the year.
But her linemate stole the show.
Karvinen, a rookie from Denmark, set up UND's first goal with a backdoor pass, then put the game out of reach with three quick strikes in the second period to turn a tie game into a three-goal lead.
Karvinen could have threatened UND's program record of five points in a WCHA game, but she was ejected for a checking from behind major early in the third.
"She was terrific," Idalski said of Karvinen. "That's the kind of impact player we expected when she came here."
UND dominated on special teams early , going two-for-five on the power play and shutting out Bemidji State on nine chances.