GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team completed the sweep over Bemidji State Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with a 2-0 win in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinals.
The No. 5/6 Sioux will now advance to its second-consecutive WCHA Final Face-Off where they will take on No. 2 Minnesota at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. The other semifinal matchup will have No. 1 Wisconsin as the home team against host No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth.
North Dakota improved to 22-10-3 on the season having already eclipsed its program record of 20 wins set last year.
Senior netminder Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) gathered her first shutout of the season playing in her last game ever at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, she finished the game with 19 saves, and allowed only one goal on the weekend.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) gave the Sioux a 1-0 lead at 7:40 in the first period. That lead would hold strong until the final seconds of the game when sister Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) added some cushion scoring an empty-net, shorthanded goal.
For the second-consecutive night, the Sioux were booked for five penalties while BSU was only called for one in the contest. Neither team converted a power-play goal on the weekend.
BSU had three power-play opportunities in the third period trailing by only one goal but the Sioux penalty-kill was terrific all weekend.
The Beavers conclude the season converting 22.1 percent of its power-play attempts, but went 0-for-33 against the Sioux since the first meeting between the two teams.
Bemidji senior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova was sensational for the Beavers as she played in her last game of her collegiate career making 31 saves and being named the game's second star in the losing effort.
If not for Tomcikova's effort in net, the game could have gotten away from them early as North Dakota had many odd-man rushes including three breakaways in the game stuffed by the UND netminder. She also had some help from a goaltenders best friend as Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) rang two shots off posts in the game.
Karvinen did conclude the game with two assists collecting her 60th point of her rookie campaign which also ranks seventh in the nation while Lamoureux continues to lead the nation with 82 points. Lamoureux-Kolls moves within one of reaching 200 career points and ranks fourth in the nation with 70 points.