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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published October 15 2010

Women's hockey: Twins return to Ridder

Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux played an exhibition game at Ridder Arena last season as members of the U.S. Olympic team.

They didn’t get the same polite reception as the other soon-to-be Olympians.

“It wasn’t too warm of a welcome there,” Jocelyne said. “I’m assuming it’s going to be about the same this time around.”

This time, the Lamoureux twins will be wearing North Dakota jerseys in Minneapolis for the first time since they shocked the college hockey world by announcing their intentions of transferring from the powerhouse Gophers to the upstart Sioux.

The teams will play a series at 6:07 tonight and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.

“We don’t expect a warm welcoming, but that’s not what we are focused on,” Monique said. “We have two games to play. We’re not focused on transferring a year and a half ago. That’s not what it’s about anymore. We’re focused on the team. If we’re not, we’re doing the team a disservice.”

UND coach Brian Idalski added: “I don’t know what to expect. I think they know the (Lamoureux twins) are good hockey players. I’m sure coach (Brad) Frost is going to try to temper that emotional high of wanting some retribution or to prove a point that they are better. I know that coach Frost runs a very good program, a very disciplined program. I don’t anticipate them to play any other way.”

The Lamoureux twins said there has been a lot of turnover since they left the program two years ago, so they don’t know a lot of the Gopher players. They did play with some of them on the Under-22 team in the fall and are friends with those players.

“It will be exciting,” Jocelyne said. “They are a good team. It has been a while since we transferred. We’re going to concentrate on what we need to do to win. It should be a great series. The Fighting Sioux-Gopher rivalry is strong on the women’s side just like the men’s. I’m expecting a couple of good hockey games at Ridder.”

UND hopes to kick one lengthy trend this weekend, though.

The Sioux are 0-28 all-time against the Gophers, the only team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association they have yet to beat.

“I’m aware of that,” Monique said. “We want to have a lot of firsts this year. Hopefully that will be one of them. We’re expecting to come out with points. If we don’t bring our ‘A’ game, we’re not going to come out with any.”

Schlossman writes

for The Grand Forks Herald