As the UND women’s team prepares for its third straight trip to the WCHA Final Faceoff, a lot of impressive stats and records are piling up for the squad.
UND has already set the program record with wins (25) and the team is on a program-record 12-game unbeaten streak.
Since Monique Lamoureux moved back to defense on Nov. 3, UND is 21-5-1 with the only losses coming to Minnesota and Wisconsin. UND is 22-0-1 against unranked teams since Oct. 12.
Here are a few other noteworthy stats:
- This is the best defensive team UND has ever had. UND is allowing 2.28 goals per game. The previous best was last year’s team, which allowed 2.54 goals per game.
- UND ranks fourth nationally in scoring, but has picked it up lately. Since Jan. 1, UND leads the nation in goals.
- Since Jan. 1, UND has five of the top 11 scorers in the nation. Jocelyne Lamoureux ranks first, Monique is fifth, Meghan Dufault is seventh, Michelle Karvinen is ninth and Josefine Jakobsen is 11th.
- One notable item is that Dufault, a rookie, has outscored Minnesota rookie standout Hannah Brandt since Jan. 1. Brandt will be the rookie of the year in the country. Dufault was +3 at Christmas and is +26 in the second half.
- Coach Brian Idalski won his 200th game as head coach Saturday (counting wins at both UW-Stevens Point and UND).
- The Lamoureux twins scored more goals than St. Cloud State and Bemidji State this season.
- Jocelyne has won 42 more faceoffs than anyone in the country and 92 more faceoffs than anyone in the WCHA.
- There have been four hat tricks by defensemen in the country this season. Monique has three of them.
- Jocelyne is three points shy of breaking her own school record for most points in a season. She has 79 right now and scored 82 last season.
- Jocelyne broke the single-season school record for goals on Saturday with her second tally against Minnesota State-Mankato.
- With two more points, Jocelyne (283) will tie Julie Chu of Harvard (285) for second all-time in NCAA women’s hockey scoring. First place, held by Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst is almost surely safe at 303.
- With Monique’s hat trick goal against the Mavs, she moved past Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight and into second alone in all-time WCHA scoring. She trails only her sister.
- I joked with Jocelyne after Saturday’s game about not taking one last trip to the penalty box. She has taken a lot of penalties in her career, but she’s only taken 2 minor penalties in the last 10 games, which is quite impressive.
The UND women will play against Wisconsin at 4:07 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis’ Ridder Arena. The winner of that game will almost surely be in the driver’s seat for the final NCAA tournament spot.