The first big test of the post-Lamoureux era for the UND women’s team came this weekend against Minnesota Duluth and the results were quite encouraging.
UND took 5 of 6 points from the Bulldogs and it was pretty dominant in doing so.
First-period shots on Saturday afternoon were 9-8 UND. The rest of the weekend, UND outshot Duluth by a lopsided 69-30 mark, including 40-20 on Sunday as the team earned a win and a tie (plus a shootout victory) against the Bulldogs.
If the Bulldogs wind up being as good as the UND coaching staff believes they will be, then that’s a great result for UND, especially when you consider the team’s youth.
The most experienced defenseman that UND had in the lineup this weekend was Sam LaShomb, who is four games into her sophomore season and 42 games into her career. That’s hard to believe when this is already probably the best collection of defensemen the program has ever had.
I’ve written about Halli Krzyzaniak before, but Gracen Hirschy also is very talented and they bring offense that UND is not used to from the back end.
Up front, these is probably the deepest the team has been. They are obviously led by Michelle Karvinen, who was the best player on the ice this weekend. But there are also contributions from all over the lineup, including freshman Amy Menke and sophomore Becca Kohler.
UND is starting to compile some impressive stats. The team is 15-1-1 in its last 17 home games and it is unbeaten in 25 straight (23-0-2) against teams other than Minnesota and Wisconsin dating back to Nov. 2, 2012.
Those marks will both be tested this upcoming weekend about Ohio State, but if they can play like they did this weekend (and figure out the power play), results should be good for UND.