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Women beat Ohio State last night 5-2. Looks like they've been able to score with out Joc and Mo so far.

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The team actually looks a bit better as a whole this year. Missing the obvious talent of Joc and Mo, but the passing is better, the team runs 3 lines consistently and works in the 4th, and has scoring potential on the 3 lines. Also better defensively. Hirschy and Krzyzaniak are the real deal and don't play like freshmen.

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The real test of where this team is at will be after they have played a series against Wisconsin and Minnesota. 2-1-1 against UMD and Ohio State is decent but those were home games and anything done against Lindenwood...Well, they out-shot them 126-25 in the two games so that speaks volumes about the level of competition that series was.

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From the box scores

Friday: 1166

Saturday: 1130

Not bad numbers, in my opinion. Last year with the twins, same time of year against SCSU they were pulling 1350-1400. The twins were a draw, but I thought it would drop a lot more than that.

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Women beat SCSU last night 2-1. Not lighting the lamp enough the last two games, but a win is a win on the road.

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Holy smokes!!! Even though it is only 10 days away, it is a huge series with the gopher women coming up! Sioux women take at least 1 game.

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I'll be honest, I did not expect this start from the team. I thought there would be a bit of a struggle but it just seems to be picking up where the team left off last year. Now of course they still need to be challenged (the U series will do just that) and see where this team really is.

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I'll be honest, I did not expect this start from the team. I thought there would be a bit of a struggle but it just seems to be picking up where the team left off last year. Now of course they still need to be challenged (the U series will do just that) and see where this team really is.

Well it is several things.......their depth, the goal-tending and the freshman are very dynamic.....especially on defense. Great recruiting by Idalski and Co.

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Well it is several things.......their depth, the goal-tending and the freshman are very dynamic.....especially on defense. Great recruiting by Idalski and Co.

The Lamoreaux twins didn't get an NCAA title, but they gave this program instant credibility when it had none. That helped in recruiting and helped speed up Idalski's rebuilding timetable. Now it's time to knock Minnestoa off their pedestal. I am sick and stinking tired of seeing their smiling mugs on the front of the Star Tribune sports page. :angry: Putting a stop to this undefeated streak of theirs is a good first step to putting them back in their places. Beating them in the NCAA tournament will be the next step.

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The Lamoreaux twins didn't get an NCAA title, but they gave this program instant credibility when it had none. That helped in recruiting and helped speed up Idalski's rebuilding timetable. Now it's time to knock Minnestoa off their pedestal. I am sick and stinking tired of seeing their smiling mugs on the front of the Star Tribune sports page. :angry: Putting a stop to this undefeated streak of theirs is a good first step to putting them back in their places. Beating them in the NCAA tournament will be the next step.

Great post! I totally agree!

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The Lamoreaux twins didn't get an NCAA title, but they gave this program instant credibility when it had none. That helped in recruiting and helped speed up Idalski's rebuilding timetable. Now it's time to knock Minnestoa off their pedestal. I am sick and stinking tired of seeing their smiling mugs on the front of the Star Tribune sports page. :angry: Putting a stop to this undefeated streak of theirs is a good first step to putting them back in their places. Beating them in the NCAA tournament will be the next step.

St Cloud gets their shot first but most likely UND will have as good a shot as Wisconsin had earlier in the year to end the streak. Wisconsin did what no one else has been able to do to Miinnesota and that is to apply some sustained forecheck pressure on the Gophers defense. That is where they are most vunerable. There is a bit of risk in that however as Minnesota is at it's best in a up-tempo game. Not many teams have the speed to keep up but it is better for UND to try this approach rather than lay back and play defensively.

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The Lamoreaux twins didn't get an NCAA title, but they gave this program instant credibility when it had none. That helped in recruiting and helped speed up Idalski's rebuilding timetable. Now it's time to knock Minnestoa off their pedestal. I am sick and stinking tired of seeing their smiling mugs on the front of the Star Tribune sports page. :angry: Putting a stop to this undefeated streak of theirs is a good first step to putting them back in their places. Beating them in the NCAA tournament will be the next step.

...............also I would add that it took Idalski to get here for the Lamoreaux twins to come. I may be wrong but that is my best guess.

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...............also I would add that it took Idalski to get here for the Lamoreaux twins to come. I may be wrong but that is my best guess.

You are correct about that. The reason they ever committed to Minnesota in the first place is because Shantel Rivard was the head coach and the program was a train wreck. Then Idalski took over and they transferred. Coincidence? Nope, I don't think so either.

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You are correct about that. The reason they ever committed to Minnesota in the first place is because Shantel Rivard was the head coach and the program was a train wreck. Then Idalski took over and they transferred. Coincidence? Nope, I don't think so either.

True story:

I'm playing outdoor hockey at Agassiz with some dorm buddies. Some UND women's hockey players (Rivard Era) show up and we have ourselves a scrimmage, which of course the women's team had to play with each other. Now I'm a former goalie (not a great skater) and my other dorm buddies didn't have amazing high school careers.....but we just killed them. I mean they didn't have a chance, and these were DI hockey players?

Went to one game during the Rivard era and couldn't watch. Sloppy, no discipline, and just no format to the way they played. Idalski has done a helluva job turning things around.

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Trying to keep on topic.......HUGE, HUGE weekend for the Sioux women! Time to take down the bottom dwelling, scum of the Earth gophers!!!!

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The UND women have been the closest to beating them during the streak. I'm convinced that without their all world goaltender last year, UND would have beaten them last season. Minnesota doesn't have the world's best goaltender behind the best team in college hockey anymore. I think this weekend UND gets over the hump.

PS: Anybody see what Raty did to team USA? By garsh.....talk about goaltending....

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Actually SCSU was ahead of Minnesota this last weekend in the Saturday game until 2:02 left in the third period so technically they have been the closest to defeating the Gophers. SCSU is also the only team during the streak to hold more than a 1 goal lead with their 2-0 lead after the first period on Saturday.

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True story:

I'm playing outdoor hockey at Agassiz with some dorm buddies. Some UND women's hockey players (Rivard Era) show up and we have ourselves a scrimmage, which of course the women's team had to play with each other. Now I'm a former goalie (not a great skater) and my other dorm buddies didn't have amazing high school careers.....but we just killed them. I mean they didn't have a chance, and these were DI hockey players?

Went to one game during the Rivard era and couldn't watch. Sloppy, no discipline, and just no format to the way they played. Idalski has done a helluva job turning things around.

I couldn't agree more. My freshman year at UND was Rivard's last. (3-31-2 with a 20 game losing streak) The little talent that was there was ready to leave if he Rivard didn't get fired. I actually went to a couple games just to study because it was so quiet in there. I will say...those games were a nice opportunity to take unofficial tours of the Ralph.

The turnaround under Idalski has been incredible. Just from the attitude of the players I knew, there was an enormous change in the way the team thought, the effort that was given, and the confidence in their abilities. I have never heard a player say one negative thing about coach Idalski, or any of the staff. Speaking of the staff, he has done a great job assembling his team. The recruiting strength they have internationally has proven to be huge in bringing talent to the program. Not only have the international connections paid off in the way of great European and Canadian talent, but they've paid off because no matter where the talent comes from, better talent and better play gets players from the area (Roseau, Twin Cities, Etc.) more excited about playing for North Dakota.

Here are some stats for Idalski so far:

07-08: (4-24-6) Overall - (4-20-4) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 354 - Goals: 55 (-66) 1.62/gm - SOG: 740 (-386) - Shooting: 7.4% - PP: 10.2% - PK: 77.3% - GA: 121 - 3.56/gm

08-09: (13-19-4) Overall - (9-18-3) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 595 - Goals: 84 (-34) 2.33/gm - SOG: 1008 (-130) - Shooting: 8.3% - PP: 10.3% - PK: 80.8% - GA: 118 - 3.28/gm

09-10: (8-22-4) Overall - (7-19-2) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 484 - Goals: 61 (-31) 1.79/gm - SOG: 844 (-186) - Shooting: 7.2% - PP: 8.5% - PK: 78.3% - GA: 92 - 2.71/gm

10-11: (20-13-3) Overall - (16-10-2) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 1280 - Goals: 116 (+13) 3.22/gm - SOG: 1031 (+24) - Shooting: 11.3% - PP: 16.8% - PK: 86.0% - GA: 103 - 2.86/gm *1st WCHA Final Faceoff appearance

11-12: (22-12-3) Overall - (16-9-3) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 1485 - Goals: 155 (+61) 4.19/gm - SOG: 1231 (+243) - Shooting: 12.6% - PP: 23.1% - PK: 87.4% - GA: 94 - 2.54/gm *1st NCAA Tournament appearance

12-13: (26-12-1) Overall - (18-9-1) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 1223 - Goals: 144 (+56) 3.69/gm - SOG: 1342 (+391) - Shooting: 10.7% - PP: 28.6% - PK: 86.1% - GA: 88 - 2.26/gm *1st WCHA Final Faceoff Championship Game appearance, 2nd NCAA Tournament appearance

13-14: 8-1-1 Overall - (6-1-1) WCHA - Avg. Attendance: 1074 - Goals: 43 (+26) 4.30/gm - SOG: 414 (+222) - Shooting: 10.4% - PP: 18.0% - PK: 82.2% - GA: 17 - 1.7/gm

The bold years are the Lamoureux era. Their impact is undeniable, though it's also noteworthy that 10-11 was also the first team to have played exclusively for Idalski.

Some stats on the "Lamoureux impact" (2010-2013 vs. 2007-2010):

Avg Attendance: 1329 vs. 478 (+851 - 178% increase)

Goals per game: 3.71 vs. 1.92 (+1.79 - 93% increase)

Goals Allowed per game: 2.55 vs. 3.18 (-0.63 - 20% decrease)

Avg. Powerplay %: 22.8 vs 9.67 (+13.13)

Avg. Penalty Kill %: 86.5% vs. 78.8 (+7.70)

Looking at this year so far, the biggest areas of concern have to be the special teams units. Granted, we had two of the best special teams players for the last three years, but a drop of 4% off of the previous 3 year's average is a bit concerning. (10% drop in one year for the powerplay...though 28% was a ridiculously high number) The team is obviously still talented - they have scored 4 or more goals in 7 of 10 games so far. Hopefully they can keep it up for the rest of the year.

Here's to great things for the rest of this season, and many more to come. Thanks to coach Idalski for everything he has done for the program. I wouldn't say "mission accomplished" yet (and probably won't until there's a championship banner) but he has definitely given UND the strong women's hockey program it deserves to match the history of success from the men's program.

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Actually SCSU was ahead of Minnesota this last weekend in the Saturday game until 2:02 left in the third period so technically they have been the closest to defeating the Gophers. SCSU is also the only team during the streak to hold more than a 1 goal lead with their 2-0 lead after the first period on Saturday.

Only team to have a 2 goal lead, sure.

But triple OT not the closest to defeating them?

Come on.

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If it works for you to have the mantra of closest to defeating them then by all means...A win or two this weekend renders it a moot point.

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If it works for you to have the mantra of closest to defeating them then by all means...A win or two this weekend renders it a moot point.

You brought it up.

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