Women sweep Bemidji

Idalski secures 100th win Saturday after completing sweep of Bemidji State.

The UND women’s hockey team swept rival Bemidji State on the road in Bemidji, Minn., this past weekend — defeating the Beavers 6-2 Friday night and posting a 5-1 victory Saturday. UND coach Brian Idalski also collected his 100th win.

With the absence of Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani in the lineup, Meghan Dufault stepped up in Friday’s game, scoring a hat trick totalling half of UND’s goals. She tallied the first of the game nine minutes into the first period while the team was shorthanded.

Sophomore Sam LaShomb and Dufault would each score before the first intermission to give North Dakota  three-goal lead.

Dufault was not done scoring and tallied the first goal of the second period before Bemidji State got on the board two minutes later to make the score 4-1.

Josefine Jakobsen scored again for UND with a goal just 30 seconds before the end of the second frame.

Bemidji State scored the first goal of the third period five minutes in, narrowing the margin to 5-2. UND answered back with one more goal from Andrea Dalen to seal the 6-2 victory.

With contributions from all over the lineup, Dufault proved to be a valuable asset for the team.

“When you talk about the absence of a couple players and someone needing to step up, Dufault embraced that and was dominant,” Idalski said.

On Saturday, it was Amy Menke’s turn to step up. The freshman scored two goals, including her first for UND.

Gracen Hirschy began the scoring just two minutes into the first period, posting a 1-0 advantage that lasted until halfway through the second period, when Menke made her first move and scored UND’s second goal of the game.

Menke tallied one more before the period ended, along with Tori Williams to give North Dakota a 4-0 lead. Bemidji State would score one just before the period ended.

Kayla Berg scored the final goal of the game for UND and sealed the 5-1 win and sweep.

“Tonight we played for the whole 60 minutes, which we haven’t been doing all the time,” Menke said.

UND will have next weekend off before heading down to Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota on Nov. 16 and 17.

Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].