UND women skate past Bemidji State 5-2
Bemidji State scored on its first shot Friday night.
"I told the bench, 'big deal,'" UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski said. "We've done it so many times that nobody should be rattled or startled."
And they weren't. The team that has now given up a goal on the first shot of the game six times since Thanksgiving went to work and came out with a 5-2 victory over Bemidji State in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Michelle Karvinen notched a natural hat trick in just 4 minutes, 55 seconds, and had a four-point night. Jocelyne Lamoureux added to her nation-leading point total with a goal and an assist and her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, had two assists to help UND improve to 17-9-2 overall and 13-8-2-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
Lamoureux tied her own school record with her 28th goal of the year -- a beautiful 360-spin move shorthanded -- and extended her nation-leading point total to 68.
But her linemate stole the show.
Karvinen, a rookie from Denmark, set up UND's first goal with a backdoor pass, then put the game out of reach with three quick strikes in the second period to turn a tie game into a three-goal UND lead.
Karvinen could have threatened UND's program record of five points in a WCHA game, but she was ejected for a checking from behind major early in the third.
"She was terrific," Idalski said of Karvinen, who leads all rookies nationally with 48 points. "That's the kind of impact player we expected when she came here. She's feeling comfortable. She has a lot of chemistry with a lot of different players. She definitely played at a high level for us this evening."
UND dominated on specialty teams in the game, going two-for-five on the power play and shutting out Bemidji State on nine chances, including a five-minute opportunity in the third.
"Power play was terrible," Bemidji State coach Steve Sertich said. "Wasn't much flow to the game. It was probably one of the ugliest hockey games I've been associated with. Man, it was ugly."
The Beavers, who dropped to 14-13-3 overall and 12-9-2-1 in league play, got off to a great start when Emily Erickson darted past UND defenseman Margot Miller and scored just 23 seconds into the game. But UND settled in after that, tying the game at 16:29 of the first on a goal by Josefine Jakobsen and blowing it open in the second.
"That's definitely not the way you want to start out," Lamoureux said. "You've got to battle back from that. If they pop another one in, which is what happened last week, that's going to be a tough hill to climb. We stuck with it and got another one shortly. That was really the key."
And so was Karvinen's timeliness.
Her first goal came on a rebound at 8:15 of the second for a power-play goal. Her second one came when Bemidji State defenseman Kimberly Lieder threw the puck in her own net, trying to grab a rebound of a Karvinen slap shot. And Lamoureux fed the Dane backdoor for the hat trick goal at 13:10.
"Of course, it's awesome," Karvinen said. "I got a little help on the second one. But overall, we were going to the net really hard for a long period of time. It's hard for a goalie to keep it up. Suddenly, the goals started to go in. It could have been anyone on the team, I think."