GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The UND women's hockey team connected for four goals in the first period to lead the SIoux to a 6-3 win tonight against the St. Cloud State Huskies at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) had her second hat trick of the season while Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) add a pair of goals and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) had one.
You don't often walk away from a 6-3 win feeling badly but the Sioux know they didn't play their best game tonight.
"Overall we are trying to improve every game," Lamoureux said. "We are disappointed with our overall defensive effort. We know we can clean it up. It is hard with our short bench. There is nothing that is going to come easy for us especially with the numbers we have and the ice time we are getting. I think it is just a matter of playing smart."
"I don't think there is many 6-3 games you leave fealing disgruntled but you overall performance but that was definitely the case today," head coach Brian Idalski said.
The Sioux jumped out to an early lead Lamoureux-Kolls scored unassisted on the power play only 3:43 into the game. Twelve seconds into the power play she was able to intercept a pass near the blue line and skate around a couple Huskies and sneak it through SCSU netminder Ashley Hixon in the five-hole.
Coming into the game the Sioux felt they didn't want to overlook the Huskies who are now 0-12-0 on the season, but for a program that has rarely been in situations when they are hands-down favorites it is still another learning curve.
SCSU answered at 10:51 of the opening frame when Alex Nelson beat Dagfinrud on a 2-on-1 which seemed to spark the offense for the Sioux who scored the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead late into the first period.
Wiebe scored UND's second goal firing a wrist shot top-shelf on the near side. Lamoureux would follow scoring her first and second of the game with an even strength and power-play tallies.
Again the Sioux might have been caught sleeping against an opponent that is winless as SCSU's Callie Dahl found a rebound in front of Dagfinrud in a scrum in front of the net. The goal was reviewed and upheld.
"We came out got a couple goals, moving the puck and then we got complacent," Idalski said. "We were terrible in our own end. The goals we gave up shouldn't happen."
The Huskies connected on the power play for the only goal of the second period cutting the lead to one heading into the second intermission.
"I don't think we overlooked them but we got that 4-1 lead and we kind of sat back on our heels and they made it 4-2 right away," Lamoureux said. "I think that is a maturity thing and being able to deliver the knock-out punch making it 5-1. We have got to bear down a little bit and clean up our d-zone by working a little harder."
In a full family connection, Lamoureux was able to cap off her second hat trick of the season coming with assists to Madison Kolls (Hudson, Wis.) and Lamoureux-Kolls.
Wiebe would open the game up with the final goal at 16:16 of the third frame with the lone assist going to Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec). It was Wiebe's second of the game and Dagenais' second assist.
"I saw them turn it over and Dagenais had the backhand attempt and I just turned and got as much on it as I could," Wiebe said. "I think it went five-hole and trickled in. I didn't really get that much on it but a goal is a goal.
The Sioux and Huskies will conclude the series tomorrow evening at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with a 7:07 p.m. start.