Grand Forks native and UND junior Monique Lamoureux-Kolls is putting together arguably the greatest performance ever at the IIHF World Women’s Championship.
After her three goal, three assist game Tuesday night against Finland, Monique now has 14 points in three games.
Her 14 points ties the most in the World Championship since 1990 — the tournament’s first-ever year. And she still has two games to go (Friday vs. Russia or Switzerland is next).
What makes it even more impressive is that the IIHF debuted a new format this year, which makes the top teams play against each other in pool play instead of going against some of the worst teams.
The U.S. is ranked No. 1 in the world. They’ve played No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Finland and No. 5 Russia so far. In past years, they played a few games against teams ranked No. 6-8.
The pool of women’s hockey players is probably deeper now than ever before as well.
I plan to have more on Mo’s performance later this week in the Herald.
IIHF World Women’s Championship scoring record
23 points — Cindy Curley, USA, 1990
15 points — Tina Cardinale, USA, 1990
14 points — Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, USA, 2012 (three games)
14 points — Hilary Knight, USA, 2011
14 points — Hayley Wickenheiser, CAN, 2007
14 points — Cammi Granato, USA, 1990
2012 scoring leaders
14 points — Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, USA
11 points — Kelli Stack, USA
8 points — Hayley Wickenheiser, CAN
7 points — Jocelyne Lamoureux, USA