GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota women's hockey team defeated Minnesota 3-0 in the conclusion of the weekend series at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Saturday night to earn a series split.
Freshman Andrea Dalen (Honefoss, Norway) scored the first goal of the game and eventual game-winner in the third period while junior Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) stopped all 34 shots faced for UND's first shutout of the season. It was also the first time Minnesota has been shut out on the year.
After a performance last night that saw the Gophers skate to a 7-2 decision and the Fighting Sioux not happy about any element of their play, they answered back in a big way.
After being asked after the loss if he was going to be making any changes going into tonight, head coach Brian Idalski said "the worst thing you can do is start to panic. That's not how you respond to this. You chalk it up for what it was: a bad night. We will respond better tomorrow and give a better effort."
UND was significantly better in all elements of the game as they played with a higher energy level, made crisper passes offensively, kept Minnesota's players in front of them defensively and Dagfinrud controlled her rebounds in her first start since Nov. 5 at St. Cloud State.
Dagfinrud improves to 3-0 on the season as the starting goaltender and 3-1 overall. It was her first start in net after helping Norway go undefeated in the Division I Four Nations Cup.
Dagfinrud's teammate in the tournament, Dalen, connected on pass from Michelle Karvinen at 1:12 of the third period to give the Sioux their first lead of the weekend.
After not getting called for a penalty throughout the first two periods of play, UND's penalty-kill was put to the test when UND took three consecutive penalties within just over five minutes of play.
The Gophers went 3-for-6 on the power-play yesterday and UND responded in tonight's game holding the Gophers 0-for-4 in the third period with only two shots on goal. UND went 0-for-2 in its own attempts in the game.
Karvinen was called for an interference penalty with just under two minutes remaining in regulation setting up another huge penalty-kill for the Sioux.
The Gophers would attempt to get Noora Raty off the ice while in the offensive zone but Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) got possession of the puck just in front of the crease and fired the puck for an empty-net goal about 185 feet down ice.
Raty, who was heading towards the bench, was called for a penalty on the goal after chucking her stick towards the puck that was heading towards the empty net.
Now down by two goals and skating 4-on-4, Raty would make it to the bench for the extra-attacker but this time it was Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) who took advantage grabbing an empty-netter for her 16th goal of the season. She remains first in the nation with 44 points.
Raty concluded the game with 14 saves in the game.
The Fighting Sioux return to action next weekend concluding their first half of the schedule hosting Minnesota Duluth.