UND women start tonight

Tonight, we get the first look at the post-Lamoureux era for the UND women.

UND tests the waters with an exhibition game (7 p.m., Ralph Engelstad Arena) against the Pursuit of Excellence, which is essentially a high school all-star team from Canada.

A few things to watch:

  • No. 77. Freshman Susanna Tapani is getting rave reviews for her preseason play. She should be able to add some offense instantly and could be a candidate for WCHA rookie of the year.
  • No. 18. UND coaches were thrilled when they landed defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak. She may be the top D-man recruit in program history. It’s not always the easiest position to transition to college at, but expect her to get big minutes this season.
  • The goalie battle. Shelby Amsley-Benzie was extremely good at the end of last season, and a big reason why UND nearly knocked off Minnesota in the NCAA tournament. She has competition in U.S. Under-18 goalie Lexie Shaw.
  • The sophomores. Meghan Dufault was outstanding at the end of last season. From Jan. 1 to the end of the season, Dufault (14 goals, 19 assists, 33 points) had nearly identical numbers to Minnesota all-everything freshman Hannah Brandt (14 goals, 20 assists, 34 points). Can Dufault build off of her big finish? Also, Becca Kohler came into her own at the end of last season. Where does she go from there?

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