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The Minnesota Whitecaps, on the heels of their 5-4 victory over the Gophers, the #3 college team in the country, traveled north to Grand Forks, ND, to take on the University of North Dakota, the #7-ranked team.
In their first meeting on Saturday, the Whitecaps got off to a quick start and never trailed. In her first game with the Whitecaps, former UND forward Josefine Jakobsen scored 2:37 into the first period as she walked out from behind the net and tucked the puck past UND goaltender Lexie Shaw. Sarah Erickson was credited with the assist on the play.
Just under two minutes later, the Fighting Hawks struck back when Meghan Dufault went top shelf on Whitecaps netminder Alli Altmann, tying the game at one. The first period would end 1-1 with the Whitecaps having a 12-5 advantage in shots.
The Whitecaps opened things up in the second period by netting three goals. The first came from forward Carrie Holldorf at 3:33, converting a great feed from Mira Jalosuo. The second assist went to Kacy Ambroz. Brooke White-Lancette put Minnesota up 3-1 when she buried the rebound of an Allie Thunstrom shot at 8:39. Meaghan Pezon also assisted on the play, notching the first of her three assists and four points on the day. Thunstrom and Pezon teamed up again just 15 seconds later, as Thunstrom made it 4-1 with assists from Pezon and defenseman Kelly Seeler.
In the third period, Pezon recorded a goal of her own at 11:29 on a shorthanded rush with Thunstrom. Pezon fired the puck over the shoulder of Shaw to make the score 5-1. Thunstrom got her second assist of the day. The final goal of the game came at 15:59 off the stick of defenseman Anne Schleper from the point, and Pezon added her third assist of the game.
Altmann finished with 16 saves as the Whitecaps outshot UND 32-17.
On Sunday, the same two teams met again in the rematch. This one was low-scoring as Minnesota gained the sweep with a 1-0 victory. The only goal of the game came in the third period at 2:56. It was Thunstrom racing up the right wing who beat UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie for the game-winning goal. Another former UND player, Jocelyne Lamoureux, as well as Emma Stauber assisted on the play.
Altmann got the shutout, and shots on goal were very close, with a slight edge to Minnesota at 17-16.
Box scores for both games are below.
After the game, the two teams honored Denna Laing, the Boston Pride player who suffered a serious spinal cord injury on December 31st during the Outdoor Women’s Classic, by forming the number “14” at center ice. Laing wore #14 at Princeton University, where she graduated in 2014. Messages and donations can be made to honor Denna at www.dennalaing.org.