GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The No. 6/7 University of North Dakota women's hockey team was able to battle its way to a 5-3 win Friday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena over a feisty Minnesota State squad.
Junior Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) led the Sioux with three points (2-1-3) along with four UND skaters adding 2-point games.
Allison Parizek (Minot, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) each had one goal and one assist while Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) and Candace Molle (Anchorage, Alaska) picked up two assists.
The Sioux improve to 8-4-1 and 5-3-1-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association while remaining perfect at home with five straight wins. The Mavericks fall to 5-8-0 and 1-5-0-0 in league play.
The UND line of Weber, Parizek and Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) shined tonight creating pressure on the Mavericks all game including scoring the game's opening goal. Parizek carried it into the zone to start a 2-on-2 rush and found Weber all alone in the slot who sniped it high glove side at 3:05 of the first period.
The Mavericks quickly answered as Lauren Smith got a step on Ashley Holmes (Miltona, Minn.) who recovered nicely making Smith take a spinning shot on net. Smith's shot redirected off UND defenseman Tori Williams' (The Pas, Manitoba) stick and past Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) to even the game at 7:08.
Attempting to make a quick line change, Molle picked up another assist finding Lamoureux near the far boards who scored a highlight reel goal to regain the lead at 15:17 of the opening frame. Lamoureux toe-dragged around an MSU defender rushing back into the play, dekes MSU netminder Alli Altmann and slid it behind the goaltender just inside the far side of the net.
UND's top line of Lamoureux, Karvinen and Lamoureux-Kolls would combine for two late goals in the second period sending the game into the second intermission with the Sioux securing a 3-goal lead.
MSU got a golden opportunity to get back into the game when UND was called for two quick penalties in the third period after going without a penalty until that point. Senior Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) was called for tripping and junior Jordan Slavin (Erie, Colo.) for cross-checking giving MSU a short 5-on-3 advantage.
Jackie Otto redirected a shot by Emilia Anderson that went off the post and into the net the lead to 4-2 with 1:51 remaining on the second penalty.
It was the Sioux that came up clutch however as Kayla Berg (Fargo, N.D.) found Parizek for a shorthanded breakaway attempt that Parizek buried to reclaim the 3-goal lead.
The Mavericks continued their attempt to climb back into the game as Lauren Smith scored with under two minutes remaining in regulation and would pull Altmann for the extra skater but came up short.
Ney finished the game with 23 saves picking up her sixth win of the season while Altmann had stopped 29 shots in the losing effort.
The Sioux will look for their third-straight home sweep tomorrow night as the teams conclude the series at 7:07 p.m.