Sophomore forward Michelle Karvinen posts hat trick and assist for North Dakota

Michelle Karvinen had a hat trick and an assist for North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- North Dakota's Michelle Karvinen tallied a natural hat trick in the second period to help spark UND to a 5-2 decision over Bemidji State Friday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Rodovre, Denmark, native, also picked up the primary assist on the game's first goal by Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) for a 4-point night in the first two periods of play. Karvinen would pick up a checking-from-behind penalty at the 5:22 mark of the third period to end her night.

UND improves to 17-9-2 overall, 13-8-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and finishes the night in sixth place in the PairWise Rankings.

For the sixth time since Thanksgiving North Dakota allowed its opponent to score on its first shot on goal, but becoming acustomed to that type of situation, UND didn't allow it to rattle them.

BSU's Emily Erickson made made a great deek one-on-one to beat a defender and followed it up with a shot that beat Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) only 23 seconds into regulation.

The Beavers also scored on their first shot against UND in its 3-2 win over North Dakota at home in the Sanford Center.

Jakobsen regained the momentum for the home team scoring on the power play as she banged a rebound past BSU netminder Zuzanna Tomcikova. Karvinen gave Jakobsen a perfect pass and was able to slide it the goaltenders five-hole.

Karvinen scored UND's second power-play goal of the game and her first of the night to give UND the lead at 8:15 of the second stanza. She would follow it up with two more goals within the next five minutes for the natural hat trick.

Jocelyne Lamoureux scored a spin-o-rama goal to cap of the game's scoring for UND. Coming in on two defenders, Lamoureux went for the spin move and put the shot on net. Tomcikova got a piece of it but the puck crossed the goal line for 5-1 lead with under four minutes remaining.

Lamoureux's goal was UND's eighth shorthanded tally of the season, already having broken the program's previous record of six. Lamoureux concluded the game with three points while Monique Lamoureux-Kolls added a 2-point game.

Lamoureux (68), Lamoureux-Kolls (61) and Karvinen (48) are now first, third and tied for ninth in the nation in scoring, respectively.

BSU's Whitney Wivoda scored the game's final goal with only 1:20 remaining.

UND looks to extend its winning streak to three games tomorrow and pick up the critical series sweep over the Beavers at the Ralph Engelstad Arena starting at 7:07 p.m.