STAFF BLOG UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HOCKEY Huge series awaits women
The last two series for the UND women have received a lot of hype -- Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The next regular season series, however, will be the biggest of the year.
UND will travel to Clarkson on... Posted on 11/27/13 at 2:38 AM
The UND women’s hockey team took a big step toward the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. Even though it’s still three months until the bracket will be picked, UND’s 2-1 win over No. 6 Clarkson figures to pay big dividends at that time.
Officially, UND and Wisconsin skated to a 0-0 tie at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night before 1,017 fans. A tie against the No. 2 team in the country can be viewed as a good night at the rink for UND.
It’s a 24-hour rule for most coaches. Enjoy a win for that long, then turn your focus to the next game. That wasn’t the case for the UND women’s hockey team after becoming the first team to defeat the University of Minnesota in 639 days, a span of three seasons.
Josefine Jakobsen fired a wrist shot past goaltender Noora Raty for an overtime victory. Raty yelled in disgust. UND skated off with a big road victory at Ridder Arena. That was 636 days ago. Since that game on Feb. 17, 2012, the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team has not lost a game.
Meghan Dufault scored three goals and added an assist to lead UND to a 6-2 rout of Bemidji State in the Sanford Center. Josefine Jakobsen added a goal and two assists, while defenseman Sam LaShomb and forward Andrea Dalen tallied goals to help UND to improve to 7-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
UND’s first road trip of the year turned out to be a good one. Michelle Karvinen finished off a four-goal, five-point weekend with a pair of tallies in UND’s 6-1 win on Saturday afternoon, completing the two-game sweep of St. Cloud State.
When it came to choosing a college, Becca Kohler had numerous options near her hometown of St. Thomas, Ont. Cornell, Clarkson, RIT and Syracuse are all an easy drive. Kohler, a sophomore forward, is starting to feel a lot more comfortable away from home this season and the results are showing in her production.
A night after UND won behind a three-goal first period, the Buckeyes got off to a fast start and hung on for a 2-1 victory in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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