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North Dakota topples UMD in series opener

High-scoring twin sisters Monqiue and Jocelyne Lamoureux each scored a goal and goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie allowed only one in North Dakota's 4-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Friday night in the opening game of a regular season-ending We...

High-scoring twin sisters Monqiue and Jocelyne Lamoureux each scored a goal and goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie allowed only one in North Dakota's 4-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Friday night in the opening game of a regular season-ending Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Amsoil Arena.

Monique Lamoureux scored her 20th goal of the season to give North Dakota (23-10 overall, 18-9 WCHA) a 2-0 first-period lead. Brigette Lacquette scored UMD's lone goal late in the second period on a power play, but the potential rally was cut short by two empty-net goals in the final minute of the game. Jocelyne Lamoureux, the WCHA's all-time leading scorer with 274 points, scored her 32nd goal of the season to close the scoring with 16 seconds left.

Karissa Grapp saved 26 shots in her first game for UMD (14-14-3, 13-13-1) this season. Amsley-Benzie made 18 saves.

The teams close the regular season against each other at 6:07 p.m. today at Amsoil.

North Dakota: 2-0-2--4

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Minnesota Duluth: 0-1-0--1

First period -- 1. ND, Michelle Karvinen (Monique Lamoureux, Jocelyne Lamoureux), 1:41; 2. ND, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Meghan Dufault), 14:48.

Second period -- 3. UMD, Brigette Lacquette (Jessica Wong, Jenna McParland), 18:19 (pp).

Third period -- 4. ND, Dufault, 19:04 (en); 5. ND, J. Lamoureux, 19:44 (en).

Saves -- Shelby Amsley-Benzie, ND, 18; Karissa Grapp, UMD, 26.

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