Minnesota extends win streak over North Dakota to 22

The weekend was full of firsts for the Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team. It was the first time the first-year Lamoureux sisters played in their hometown of Grand Forks, N.D., in Minnesota jerseys. Senior captain Gigi Marvin scored her first career hat trick. However, it wasnâÄôt the first time the Gophers beat North Dakota. With the sweep, Minnesota extended their record to 22-0-0 against North Dakota. The No. 2 Gophers (15-2-1 overall, 12-1-1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association ) beat North Dakota (8-7-1, 5-6-1-0 ) by a score of 4-0 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. First-year Monique had three goals and two assists, while her freshman sister Jocelyne finished the series with two goals and one assist in their homecoming. Friday night started with Marvin scoring the first goal of the game, assisted by both Lamoureux sisters . On a North Dakota penalty in the second period, Jocelyne scored her seventh goal of the season on a power play while Monique scored on a short-handed breakaway in the third. North Dakota had chances twice during the second period with Minnesota penalties leaving them five-on-three. The Gophers were able to kill off the penalties, as North Dakota went 0-for-12 on the power play. Junior Emily West scored a goal assisted by sophomore Jen Schoullis in the third to cap off the game âÄî the only goal in the game the Lamoureux sisters didnâÄôt have a hand in. First-year goaltender Alyssa Grogan made 24 stops to capture her seventh win of the year. However, Saturday was more of a test for the Gophers. North Dakota scored their first goal of the series 54 seconds into the game. Minnesota responded when Marvin scored her first goal of the night on a power-play with junior Brittany Francis recording the lone assist. Minnesota ended the first period with eight shots to North DakotaâÄôs nine shots on sophomore Jenny Lura The lead was taken by North Dakota in the second period when Melissa Jaques scored her second of the night after she was left alone in the slot. Minnesota was once again outshot in the second period after taking only 8 attempts and North Dakota taking 10. Heading into the third period, Minnesota faced losing their first ever game to North Dakota, but turned things around. Down 2-1, Minnesota rallied to put 11 shots on net and held North Dakota to only two, rallying for four unanswered goals to win the game. The tying goal came from Monique on a breakaway after Francis supplied her with the puck. Marvin scored the eventual winning goal after she was left alone in front of the net. Monique scored her second goal of the night to put the game at 4-2. Her two-goal performance tied a career high . Marvin received her first hat trick, scoring an empty net goal with 44 seconds left in the game. Lura faced 21 shots, while Minnesota had a total of 26 shots on net.