GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The seventh-ranked University of North Dakota women's hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games tonight at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with a 6-1 victory over Minnesota State.
Allison Parizek (Minot, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) led the Sioux with two goals each while Mary Loken (Roseau, Minn.) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) each added one goal.
The Sioux improve to 15-7-3 and 13-6-2-0 in league play and after tonight's action trail Minnesota by one point for second place in the league standings. With the win UND has 41 points while the fifth-ranked Gophers edge the Sioux with 42 after gaining one point in tonight's shootout loss at top-ranked Wisconsin.
"Well it is nice that we are getting points and having some success," head coach Brian Idalski said. "Our focus has been in details and we haven't played a full 60 minutes in a while. So that is where we are at. Good but not where we want to be and where we want to go."
"The streak is great for our program," Lamoureux-Kolls said. "But the weekends get harder as the second half goes. To come out in the second half without a loss in the second half is great for the program but we need to bring the momentum into the next series. We got Ohio State next weekend and then it goes Wisconsin and Minnesota. We have to be ready for the upcoming weeks."
Junior Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) had two assists tonight including the game's first goal when Loken scored her fourth of the season on the power play at 9:20 of the opening frame. Loken buried her chance with nearly the entire net open after Wiebe made great pass drawing pretty much all of MSU to her side of the net.
Just under three minutes later the Mavericks would cash in on their only goal of the game. Lisa Edman buried a rebound that bounced right onto her stick after Ney made four saves in the sequence of play before being unable to stop the fifth.
Lamoureux-Kolls and Parizek would trade off the games next four goals including two to start the third period to consecutive power plays to open the game to 5-1. Lamoureux would finish off the games scoring at 8:20 of the third period with her team-leading 23rd goal of the season.
The Sioux forward line of Loken, Wiebe and Parizek combined for three goals and two assists tonight.
"Playing on the line with Wiebe and (Loken) has been great," Parizek said. "We move the puck well together and on our line we have been focusing a lot on our individual differences and the strengths that we bring to our line."
Junior Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) picked up her seventh consecutive win improving to 11-2-2 on the season making 21 saves.
It was the fourth time the Sioux have scored six goals in a game this season after not accomplishing the feat once a season ago.
"It always feels good to score goals," Parizek said. "We got hemmed into our own end of the ice a couple of times but when we get it down the ice, get some scoring opportunities it gets our confidence back up."
The Sioux really turned it on in the game after nearly halfway through the second period when MSU closed to within 16-15 in shots on goal. The Sioux would go on to outshoot the Mavericks 25-7 the rest of the way including 18-6 in the third period that saw them score three unanswered goals.
"We had a slow start and I don't think anybody was particularly happy with the way the first 30-40 minutes of game went," Lamoureux-Kolls said. "We knew we wanted to come out (in the third period) and build the momentum going into tomorrow's game. We are happy with the way we ended the game, not with the way we started the game."
UND and the Mavericks will conclude the series tomorrow evening at the Ralph Engelstad Arena where the Sioux will look for its third consecutive league sweep. Puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m.