GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team became only the second team this season to sweep Bemidji State with a 3-1 win Saturday after a 5-2 win Friday.
The win improves North Dakota to 18-9-2 overall and 14-8-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, giving them a seven point lead over both Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State with two weekends remaining in the regular season in the race for home ice in the first round of the conference playoffs.
The night's action from around the league also concluded with UND in fourth in the PairWise Rankings, largely used to select the eight teams that make the NCAA National Tournament.
UND used a 3-goal scoring outburst in the first period, with all of its goals scored by its top line, to head into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead which would conclude the game's scoring.
Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) quickly gave North Dakota the lead scoring the game's first goal only 1:20 into the first period. It was her ninth goal of the season, extending her scoring streak to five games (3-5-8) and goal scoring streak to three games.
It wasn't the first shot on goal, but essentially could go down as it was, as UND allowed an all familiar common trend happen as BSU scored early into the game.
Six times since Thanksgiving weekend UND has allowed a goal on its opponent's first shot on goal, including last night to Bemidji State and also once against the Beavers on the road in November.
Tonight, Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) made an initial save on the Beavers first shot on goal, but Natasha Kostenko scored on the rebound at 3:46 of the opening stanza.
UND wasted little time regaining the lead as Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored only 27 seconds later and added her second unanswered goal at 10:15 of the first period.
Both Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) had two assists in the game.
North Dakota's penalty kill was spectacular all weekend, holding the Beavers 0-for-18 in the series. BSU came into the weekend converting at 25 percent on the power play.
UND wrapped its home schedule for the regular season with a 13-3-1 record, outscoring its opponents 97-35 during those games. The 13 wins eclipses its previous record of 11.