North Dakota Fighting Hawks women's ice hockey

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks women's ice hockey team was the college ice hockey team at the Grand Forks campus of the University of North Dakota. They were members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competed in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women ice hockey.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks women's ice hockey
UniversityUniversity of North Dakota
ConferenceWCHA
Head coachBrian Idalski
6th season, 679220
ArenaRalph Engelstad Arena
Capacity: 11,643
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationGrand Forks, North Dakota
ColorsKelly Green and White[1]
         
Fight songIt's For You, North Dakota U
Stand Up and Cheer
NCAA Tournament appearances
2012, 2013

The program was cut by the University of North Dakota on March 29, 2017.

History

On October 5, 2010, North Dakota was ranked 10th in the Uscho.com poll. It was only the second time in program history that the club was in the top 10 in either the USA Today or Uscho.com poll. The last time came during the 2008–09 season after a 7–2–1 start.[2] On October 23, 2010, Jocelyne Lamoureux had a hat trick and one assist. In addition, one of her goals was the game-winning goal. The hat trick was the first by a North Dakota player since Cami Wooster in 2005.[3] On February 25–27, North Dakota participated in its first WCHA First Round Home Playoff Series, vs. Bemidji State at Fido Purpur Arena. On February 27, the Sioux advanced to their first WCHA Final Face-off berth winning an overtime thriller 3–2 in OT with a goal by Monique Lamoureux.

In its WCHA home opener on October 21, 2011, the top line of the Fighting Sioux combined for thirteen points as they bested the Ohio State Buckeyes by an 11–1 margin.[4] Monique Lamoureux-Kolls tied a North Dakota record with a 5-point game. In the contest, 13 different Sioux skaters registered at least one point. Michelle Karvinen scored a hat trick and logged one assist for four points. In addition, Josefine Jakobsen and Jocelyne Lamoureux each had 4-point games. Several program records were broken in the game including: most goals scored in a game (11), largest margin of victory (10), and largest margin of victory over a conference opponent (10).

On March 29, 2017, the University of North Dakota announced it was cutting women's hockey – along with men's and women's swimming and diving – to meet a mandated $1.3M reduction in the athletics department budget that was part of a university-wide budget cut.[5] Following the decision to drop the program, 11 ex-UND players filed a complaint claiming that dropping the program violated Title IX guidelines. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights dismissed two discrimination complaints related to the decision and on 20 June, 2019, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against the school brought on similar grounds.[6]

Year by Year

Won Championship Lost Championship Conference Champions League Leader
SeasonCoachWLTConferenceConf.
W
Conf.
L
Conf.
T
FinishConference TournamentNCAA Tournament
2002–03Shantel Rivard10142IndependentDid not qualify
2003–04Shantel Rivard16142IndependentDid not qualify
2004–05Shantel Rivard9233WCHA62117th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2–3 OT)Did not qualify
2005–06Shantel Rivard7272WCHA32328th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin (1–4, 0–6)Did not qualify
2006–07Shantel Rivard (18 games)
Dennis Miller (18 games)
3312WCHA02718th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin (0–4, 0–3)Did not qualify
2007–08Brian Idalski4266WCHA42047th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (1–3, 0–9)Did not qualify
2008–09Brian Idalski13194WCHA91636th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (0–7, 0–4)Did not qualify
2009–10Brian Idalski8224WCHA71928th WCHALost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1–6, 1–4)Did not qualify
2010–11Brian Idalski20133WCHA161024th WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (3–2, 0–3, 3–2 OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (0–3)
Did not qualify
2011–12Brian Idalski22123WCHA16933rd WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (3–1, 2–0)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota (0–6)
Lost First Round vs. Minnesota (1–5)
2012–13Brian Idalski26121WCHA18912nd WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota State (6–1, 8–1)
Won Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (2–1)
Lost Championship vs. Minnesota (0–2)
Lost First Round vs. Minnesota (2–3 3OT)
2013–14Brian Idalski20124WCHA141043rd WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (4–2, 3–2 OT)
Won Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1–0)
Lost Championship vs. Minnesota (1–3)
Did not qualify
2014–15Brian Idalski22123WCHA16933rd WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (5–2, 2–1 3OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1–4)
Did not qualify
2015–16Brian Idalski18125WCHA131054th WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. St. Cloud State (6–1, 6–1)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota (0–2)
Did not qualify
2016–17Brian Idalski16166WCHA111254th WCHAWon Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (2–3 OT, 4–1, 2–1 OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1–2)
Did not qualify

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Head coaches

TenureCoachYearsRecordPct.Championships
2002–2006Shantel Rivard545–91–11.344None
2006–2007Dennis Miller10–18–0.000None
2007–2017Brian Idalski10169–156–39.518None

Records vs. WCHA opponents

TeamCity, StateArenaRecordFirst MeetingRecent Meeting
MinnesotaMinneapolis, MinnesotaRidder Arena4–32–02–6 L5–1 L
St. Cloud StateSt. Cloud, MinnesotaNational Hockey Center15–18–42–4 L10–0 W
Minnesota-DuluthDuluth, MinnesotaAMSOIL Arena5–35–10–13 L5–1 L
Minnesota StateMankato, MinnesotaAll Seasons Arena11–21–63–2 W3–3 T
WisconsinMadison, WisconsinKohl Center2–34–11–5 L4–4 T
Bemidji StateBemidji, MinnesotaSanford Center24–18–32–2 T2–0 W
Ohio StateColumbus, OhioOSU Ice Arena11–18–35–4 W5–2 W

Olympians

Awards and honors

  • Shelby Amsley-Benzie, 2014–15 and 2015–16 WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, 2014–15 WCHA Goaltending Champion, 2014–15 All-WCHA First Team
  • Casie Hanson, 2007–08 WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year
  • Michelle Karvinen, 2011–12 WCHA Rookie of the Year
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux, 2011–12 and 2012–13 WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, 2011–12 WCHA Scoring Champion

References

  1. "Color Identity: University of North Dakota". October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  2. Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations (October 4, 2010). "Sioux ranked 10th in USCHO.com women's hockey poll – UNDSports.com: Official Web Site of University of North Dakota Athletics". Fightingsioux.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  3. "WCHA Press Releases". WCHA.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  4. Derek Koenen, UND Athletic Media Relations (October 22, 2011). "UND's top line combines for 13 points in win – UNDSports.com: Official Web Site of University of North Dakota Athletics". Fightingsioux.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  5. http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13500&ATCLID=211538211
  6. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/judge-rejects-suit-to-reinstate-north-dakota-womens-hockey
  7. "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
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