GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 6 University of North Dakota women's hockey team skated past Minnesota State University, Mankato, by a score of 6-1 in historical fashion Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Senior forward Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) became the first player in school history to reach 100 points while wearing only a Sioux jersey.
Wiebe scored her 100th career point on a breakaway, beating MSU's Danielle Butters top shelf to give the Sioux a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Her historic goal proved to be the game-winner and she would add another goal and an assist for a game high 3-points.
The Fighting Sioux swept the Mavericks for the first time in program history to improve to 9-4-1 on the season, 6-3-1-0 in the WCHA and remain unbeaten at home extending its program record winning streak in the R.E.A.
The Olympic line continued its high offensive production as Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) each had a goal and an assist while linemate Monique Lamoureux-Kolls tallied two assists in tonight's showing.
The game got out to a fairly even start and remained scoreless until late in the first period when Lamoureux scored at the 17:18 mark. Karvinen created the scoring chance dangeling her way into the slot and finding Lamoureux-Kolls next to the net who slid a cross-crease pass to her sister for an easy, tap-in goal.
Fighting Sioux defensemen Tori Williams (The Pas, Manitoba) recorded her first and second collegiate points in the game and finished tied with a game-high +4 plus/minus rating. Williams collected an assist on each of Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) and Wiebes's second goals of the game in the third period.
Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) was solid in net for the Sioux, recording 18 saves on the night and only allowing one goal mid-way through the third period on the power-play.
MSU went 1-for-5 on the power play while UND was unsuccessful in only one attempt.
UND outshot MSU 24-19 in the game including holding the Mavericks to only two shots in a big second period for the Sioux who took over control of the game against a tired looking opponent.
The Fighting Sioux return to the road next weekend against Bemidji State in the two teams first meeting since the 3-game thriller in the first round of the league playoffs last season.
Friday nights contest will be held in Crookston, Minn., with the series finale being played in Bemidji. Both games are scheduled for an 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff.