STAFF BLOG UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HOCKEY USA makes two cuts
Team USA has cut two players -- forward Kate Buesser and defenseman Jincy Dunne -- from the Women's National Team in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Buesser was a strange selection from the start.... Posted on 12/10/13 at 2:32 AM
Playing without future Olympians Michelle Karvinen, Susanna Tapani and Tanja Eisenschmid as a dry run for when they are gone for a month at the 2014 Sochi Games, UND beat the Russian National Team 2-0 in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon.
In some international flair at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday, UND and the national women’s team from Russia skated to a 3-3 tie. UND, however, won the shootout 1-0 on a goal from Halli Krzyzaniak. It was a five-round, international-style shootout.
Coach Brian Idalski wondered before the season whether this UND women’s hockey team would be the deepest in program history. The answer may have come this weekend. Playing without its top two scorers, UND cruised to a 5-1 win over Bemidji State in the Sanford Center, finishing off a two-game sweep.
It hasn’t been easy to beat the UND women’s hockey team in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Minnesota Duluth found that out first hand this weekend. Despite having a third-period lead in both games of the WCHA series, the Bulldogs left The Ralph without a win after Sunday’s 3-3 tie.
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.
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