ST. CLOUD, Minn. - For just the fourth time in school history, the University of North Dakota (13-7-3, 11-6-2-0 WCHA) women's hockey squad defeated St. Cloud State (0-23-1, 0-18-1-1 WCHA) in the National Hockey Center as UND cruised to a 5-0 win over the Huskies on Friday, Jan. 21.
St. Cloud State is now 11-4-2 against North Dakota in the NHC.
North Dakota flew out of the gates from the get-go and took its initial lead at 2:19 of the first frame. Following a Husky turnover, UND stormed into the SCSU zone on a four-on-one advantage. Jocelyne Lamoureux passed the puck across the slot and Stephanie Roy was on the right side to tap in her second score of the season.
Just over three minutes later, UND upped its lead to 2-0 when J. Lamoureux netted her 20th goal of the season. With the skater advantage, J. Lamoureux rifled off a slap shot from the point. The puck hit a Husky defender in front and re-directed past St. Cloud State's senior netminder Ashley Nixon (Blaine) for the tally at 5:38.
North Dakota continued to swarm SCSU's net, out-shooting the Huskies 17-3 in the opening period. UND struck again on a power play with less than a minute remaining in the stint. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls was planted on the left face-off circle and sent a blistering wrister top-shelf past Nixon for her 16th tally in 2010-11 at 19:06.
The Huskies rallied in the first intermission and skated to a nearly even period in the second. SCSU held the shot advantage in the second period, 13-11, over UND.
North Dakota sealed the Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory in the final frame when J. Lamoureux and Holly Perkins scored at the 4:31 and 10:24 marks, respectively, to give UND the commanding 5-0 advantage on the scoreboard.
In the end, North Dakota out-shot the Huskies 40-28 as Nixon backstopped the Huskies with 35 saves in the loss.
North Dakota's goalie Stephanie Ney improved to 9-2-2 on the season after posting 28 saves in the shutout.
St. Cloud State will complete the weekend tilt with North Dakota tomorrow evening, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.