GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team is starting to roll on all cylinders as it completed the series sweep over the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight with a 7-1 decision at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With a special presentation today during the first intermission honoring members of previous Fighting Sioux (5-3-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) women's hockey team that are celebrating their 10th anniversary this season, the Sioux put on a show this weekend outscoring the Buckeyes (3-2-1, 3-2-1-1) 18-2 on the weekend.
It is the most goals UND has scored in a series in its history, breaking the previous record that was set last weekend against Vermont (13).
The Fighting Sioux returned a majority of its nucleus of key players this season after disappointing finish to last season, although skating to a 20-13-3 record, which is its best season. But starting the season against the two teams that were in the national championship game last year, head coach Brian Idalski knew they would need some time to gel with some highly skilled newcomers.
After a start to the season where they had shown some signs of brilliance and others of growing pains, the Sioux were looking to put back-to-back games together which they had failed to do to this point in the season.
The Buckeyes entered the weekend in sole position of first place in the WCHA and the Sioux were looking to make a statement after starting the season 0-2 after getting swept by defending national champion Wisconsin.
Tonight, line mates Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Michelle Karvinen (Rodovre, Denmark) combined to score all of UND's seven goals.
Laura McIntosh put the Buckeye's on the scoreboard first as she scored both of OSU's goals on the weekend, but it was all UND after game-opening goal at 5:49.
The lead would be short lived as Lamoureux-Kolls scored the first of her hat-trick performance to tie the game at 8:51 in the first period. She would add the game-winner under three minutes later on the power play and nearly had a natural hat trick in the period but OSU netminder Chelsea Knapp successfully stopped her on a breakaway attempt.
Karvinen would close out the first period's scoring with a goal at 18:12 and open the second period's scoring with a power-play goal at 14:22. She added an assist in the game and finished the weekend with five goals and two assists.
Lamoureux would score both of the game's final goals in the third period at 5:32 and 14:34 as the three line mates combined for 12 points tonight and 25 on the weekend.
Senior defenseman Ashley Holmes (Miltona, Minn.) had a career night with three assists and senior Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) added one assist to move within two points of becoming the first UND player to reach the century club (all 100 points with UND.).
The Sioux went 3-for-6 on the power play and have now converted multiple power-play goals in their last five games. They are 12-for-26 (.462) in those games after starting the year 1-for-17 (.059) in UND's first three games.
Lamoureux-Kolls' in back-to-back nights tied the school record with 5-point games helping the Sioux tie a school record of a four-game unbeaten streak at home.
The Sioux face another tough test early in the 2011-12 campaign next weekend as the head back on the road to take on WCHA rival Minnesota Duluth.