Junior Sara Dagenais scored two goals to help lead the Fighting Sioux to a 6-1 victory and series sweep over St. Cloud State tonight at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in front of 1,181 fans.
This is the first WCHA series sweep for the Sioux since doing so on the road against Minnesota in mid-October. Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) each tallied two assists and a goal.
With the win the Sioux take over sole position of first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UND ends the weekend with 23 points, two ahead of both No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (21) although both teams have games at-hand on the Sioux.
The Fighting Sioux were successful on their power play tonight getting goals from Jordan Slavin, Dagenais and Kelsey Ketcher while skating with the man advantage to a 3-for-9 night.
SCSU's Brittany Toor got the Huskies on the board late in the third period to deny Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) of the shutout.
The Fighting Sioux got off to a quick start, which is becoming a trend, with a goal within the first six minutes of the game for the ninth time in 14 games this season. Tonight it was Dagenais who banged home a pass from Wiebe from behind the net at 4:08 of the opening frame. UND is now 7-2-1 in games when scoring first.
The Sioux never looked back as Slavin threaded the needle on the power play for her third goal of the season at 10:10 of the first period, Wiebe added her third of the series and fourth of the year at 15:05 of the second period and Dagenais and Kelsey Ketcher (Mound, Minn.) picked up power-play goals to send the Sioux into the second intermission with a 5-0.
Huskies netminder Ashley Nixon was pulled from the game after allowing the fifth goal in the second period.
In a complete team win, nine different players collected at least one point and Ney again was solid in net nearly completing her first shutout of the season. She remains unbeaten on the year with a 4-0-2 record with a 1.30 goals against average and .946 save percentage and ranks third in the nation in both categories.
"(Ney) plays a style where you feel pretty comfortable," Idalski said. "She squares up. You know she's going to stop the ones she's supposed to. I was disappointed we weren't able to finish that one for her."
Both Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls had three-point games combining for one goal and five assists to continue to lead the team in points with 19 each.
In a physical game, the two teams combined for 19 penalties and 60 minutes in the box. Each team was called for a checking from behind penalties including game misconducts.
The five-minute majors played a key role in the game as UND held the Huskies scoreless on their attempt (outshooting them 3-2) while the Sioux scored two power-play goals in their attempt.
The two teams would exchange goals in the third period to send the Sioux into a Thanksgiving bye week on a role and looking forward to a battle with top-ranked Wisconsin on Dec. 4-5 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"Right now, this is great," Dagenais. "This is a sweep, and it's huge for us. We're going to have fun tonight, but tomorrow it's already in the back of our mind that we're getting ready for Wisconsin."