Ralph Engelstad Arena turned into a shooting gallery Saturday night, as the University of North Dakota women's hockey team outshot Lindenwood 75-9 en route to a 6-1 victory, and a weekend sweep, over the Lady Lions.
It was another night of first with three players scoring their first collegiate goal. Having tallied three assists the previous night, freshman Susanna Tapani picking up the team's third goal. Defenseman Johanna Fallman scored her first goal halfway through the second period and Samantha Hanson scored hers just over five minutes into the third.
Freshman netminder Lexie Shaw also made her collegiate debut, playing 30 minutes and making 3 saves. Sophomore tender Shelby Amsley-Benzie started in net and made five saves before conceding the lone Lindenwood goal.
Lindenwood's goaltender Nicole Hensley made her presence felt often throughout the game, making a total of 69 saves. Hensley anchored the Lady Lions' penalty kill, making 17 saves shorthanded, to keep UND scoreless on seven power-play chances. She also denied UND freshman forward Lisa Marvin of a potential hat trick, stopping the Warroad, Minn., native three times at the backdoor throughout the contest.
North Dakota's D-corps had an outstanding night, creating two goals and three assists in the game, while firing 24 shots on net. Overall on the weekend, the defensive unit for UND amassed three goals, four assists and 52 shots.
Senior captain Michelle Karvinen started off the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal. Karvinen drove to the net along the right side and fired a shot over Hensley's glove for her first goal of the season.
Sophomore Meghan Dufault recorded her first goal of the year after redirecting a shot coming from the point off the stick of defenseman Sam LaShomb.
Andrea Dalen capped off the 6-goal effort for UND in the third period, roofing a loose puck in the slot for her second goal of the season.
Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen tallied two assists in the game, giving her four on the weekend. Jakobsen and Tapani both lead UND with six points, Jakobsen with two goals to go along with her four assists, and Tapani with one goal and five assists off the weekend.
The UND penalty kill continued its perfection, shutting down all three Lindenwood's chances with the man advantage in the game.
North Dakota now turns its attention to conference action as it prepares to host rival Minnesota Duluth on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Both games are set to begin at 2:07 p.m.