More than a month ago, members of the UND women’s hockey staff privately started calculating what it would take to make the NCAA tournament.
It all led back to the same spot; meeting Wisconsin in the WCHA Final Faceoff.
After having a third knee surgery in three years, Jordan Slavin pondered whether she should try to continue to play hockey. Slavin, who missed the stretch run and playoffs in each of the last two years, is finally able to be on the ice during the most critical time of the year.
UND enters this weekend’s series against Ohio State (7:07 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday) on a six-game winning streak. The team has won seven of the last eight and hasn’t lost to anyone outside of Minnesota or Wisconsin since Nov. 2.
Jocelyne Lamoureux collected a career-best six assists, and set the all-time WCHA record for career points and assists. She missed by just one assist of tying the NCAA record for assists in a game (7) set by Harvard’s Jennifer Botterill (2002) in North Dakota’s 7-0 blanking of visiting Bemidji State.
UND senior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux enters this weekend’s series against Bemidji State (7:07 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday) just four points away from breaking the WCHA’s all-time scoring record, currently held by Knight (262 points).
Mankato hasn’t exactly been a kind road trip for the UND women’s hockey team. UND has just four wins in 20 games all-time in All Seasons Arena. It went almost eight years — Nov. 8, 2002 to Feb. 10, 2010 — without winning a game in the rink.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie, a freshman goalie at UND, held the University of Wisconsin to just two goals in two games last weekend in Ralph Engelstad Arena and was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s rookie of the week.
Michelle Karvinen missed summer training and fall camp. She wasn’t able to start the season on time, either, for the UND women’s hockey team. But that lack of preparation hasn’t been a problem. Karvinen has been dominant when she’s been on the ice, racking up 24 points in 10 games.
There won’t be any easing back into the schedule for the UND women’s hockey team. Coach Brian Idalski makes no bones about it: The next month could make or break the season. UND opens the second half this weekend with a trip to St. Louis to take on Lindenwood (7 tonight, 2 p.m. Saturday).
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