GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota women's hockey team skated to a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon against WCHA rival University of Minnesota Duluth.
UND's Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) nabbed her second consecutive shutout victory leading the Sioux past the Bulldogs and stretching her shutout streak to 170 minutes and 12 seconds. Her last goal given up was at Bemidji State on her first shot faced after relieving Stephanie Ney (100 Mile House, British Columbia) in the first period of a 3-2 loss.
Dagfinrud now has a 3-1 record in five games played with a .973 save percentage and a 0.62 goals against average.
North Dakota came out flying, outshooting Duluth 15-4 in a scoreless first period that saw the Bulldogs go unsuccessful in 4:30 of power-play time. UMD only got two shots on goal in those attempts and did not get called for penalty in the opening frame.
UND's Alyssa Wiebe scored the game's first goal at 5:03 of the second period only seconds after a Bulldog player returned to the ice after skating 4-on-4 to tally a shorthanded goal. Wiebe forced a turnover near the blue line for a breakaway and beat UMD netminder Jennifer Harss with a backhander that slid through the five-hole.
Midway through that same period, Wiebe poke-checked the puck away from a UMD defenseman creating a 2-on-0 rush with linemate Sara Dagenais (Montreal, Quebec). Faking the shot, Wiebe waited until the last second and slid the puck across the slot for Dagenais to slam into the net and collect her third goal of the season.
UND ended up outshooting UMD 26-20 while both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.
After suffering debatably their worst loss of the season in a 7-2 decision at home in the series opener against Minnesota last weekend, the Sioux have rebounded with shutout wins over two top-10 ranked opponents.
Former UND goaltender Brittany Kirkham (Ottawa, Ontario) holds the longest shutout streak in school history when she backstopped the Sioux from Oct. 13-27, 2007, which went for more than three games (200:57).
UND's Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) had her 17-game scoring streak come to an end in the win, but went 15-4 in the faceoff circle and helped defensively shutdown the Bulldogs. The Sioux won 31 of a total 46 face offs in the game.
UND will not only be looking to close out its first half of the season on a 3-game winning streak, it will also be looking to pick up its first sweep over the Bulldogs in the series finale. Puck drops at 2:07 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.