GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated top-ranked Minnesota Duluth this afternoon at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, 4-2.
Decorated in pink tape honoring breast cancer awareness, the Fighting Sioux took an early 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the first period when Jocelyn Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) pulled out a fancy toe-drag move past the defender to snipe top shelf on UMD netminder Kim Martin. The goal ties the school record for fastest goal to start a game set by Stasia Bakhit against Boston College (10/26/02).
Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) made her first start of the year and was tested early as the Bulldogs outshot the Sioux for the majority of the period and the game. The Bulldogs finally cracked Ney when Haley Irwin tied the game at 8:42 in the first period.
Alison Parizek scored her first goal of the season off a nifty two-on-one pass from Monique Lamoureux-Kolls on the power play. Shortly after, Sara Dagenais also scored her first goal of the season to put the Sioux up 3-1 at 16:15 in the second period. Dagenais' goal would hold on to be the game-winning goal.
The Bulldogs continued to have the edge as they went on to outshoot the Sioux 10-5 in the First and 11-9 in the second.
The Sioux were able to increase their lead by 3 when Monique Lamoreux-Kolls (Jocelyn Lamoureux) scored her third goal of the season on a 5-on-3 power play. The Bulldogs started their attempt towards a comeback with a power play goal at 12:57 in the 3rd period from Vanessa Thibault (Larocque, Wong) but were unable to finish their climb to the top as Ney shut down their last efforts.
This win marks the second time in the past two seasons that the Sioux have beaten a number one ranked team. The first time was against Wisconsin in 2009. This win also marks the first time that the Sioux have beaten the Bulldogs at home and only the third win against them ever.
The Sioux will be on the road next weekend for a highly anticipated match up against the Lamoureux's former team the University of Minnesota Gophers.