Gophers take opener from Sioux women's hockey team
UND's goal of setting a single-game attendance record for women's hockey Friday night fell just short, 32 fans shy of the mark of 3,200.
It mirrored the performance of the Sioux women on the ice, done in by penalties in a 5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association loss to Minnesota.
In a tuneup for the first-ever WCHA playoffs to be hosted by UND next weekend, Sioux failures to convert power plays and Minnesota's success on them were the telling factors.
The Gophers scored three times on the power play, including twice early in the third period on a 5-on-3 advantage to grab a 5-2 lead. Conversely, UND managed just three shots on its 5-on-3 power play for 1 minute, 48 seconds later in the period, even after the Sioux pulled for their goalie for a 6-on-3. The Sioux managed just three shots on goal in that extended time.
Despite losing to the Gophers for the first time in three games this season, there was good news for UND. The Sioux, No. 8 in the Pairwise ratings to determine the 8-team NCAA tournament field later, remained at No. 8 despite the loss.
And Sioux sophomore Jocelyne Lamoureux, scored one of the most spectacular goals ever in women's hockey,
The big swing between the teams on 5-on-3 power plays in the third period was the telling point, Lamoureux said.
"That's playoff hockey," Lamoureux said. "You win and lose on the power play and the penalty kill. We have to clean it up. I know myself, I can't take some of the penalties I took."
She had three in the game.
Her goal could be a strong candidate for play of the night on ESPN's SportsCenter, it was that great.
On a breakaway against Minnesota's stellar goalie, Noora Rotay, Lamoureux swung to her left entering the zone to come in from an angle.
She then cut to her right at the faceoff circle, did a 360-degree spin-o-rama move to get Ratay sliding to her left. That cleared half net for Lamoureux to finish her spin with her team-best 25th goal of the season.
"I've worked on that for a while," Lamourexu said of the move. "Good thing it worked, or I would have looked really bad. I would have looked really stupid if that hadn't worked."
That goal left Sioux coach Brian Idalski speechless.
"There's not many times that I'm like, 'oh my goodness.'... " Idalski said. "but that was a ridiculously good play. That's against a great goaltender. She's not doing that against a third-string kid who they threw in for the day. That's against a goaltender who I think is the best in the world right now."
Idalski said he thought the Sioux played jittery in the first period, when the Gophers jumped to a 3-1 lead and outshot the Sioux 17-5.
Goals by Sarah Dagenais late in the first period and by Monique Lamoureux-Kolls early in the second period pulled the Sioux to within 3-2.
But the two goals 53 seconds apart by Minnesota on a major penalty call against Dagenais set up the telling 5-on-3 power play early in the third period for the Gophers. UND's failure on the power plays later in the period doomed the Sioux (17-10-3 overall, 15-9-2 WCHA).
MINNESOTA 5, UND 3
First period -- 1. M, Megan Bozek (Anne Schleper, Sarah Erickson) 7:33; 2. M, Amanda Kessel 16:07; 3. M, Terra Rasmussen (Bozek, Kelly Seeler) 19:04; 4. ND, Sarah Dagenais 19:37.
Second period -- 5. ND, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Jocelyne Lamoureux, Mary Loken) 7:41.
Third period -- 6. M, Sarah Davis (Kelly Terry, Seeler) 5:05; 7. M, Kessel (Erickson, Schleper) 5:38; 8. ND, J. Lamoureux (Holly Perkins) 8:01
Goalie saves -- M: Noora Ratay 4-7-5 -- 16; UND: Stephanie Ney 14-5-10 -- 29.
A -- 3,158