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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published February 07 2013

UND's Jocelyn Lamoureux close to WCHA record

GRAND FORKS – Jocelyne Lamoureux remembers being wide-eyed at her first Four Nations tournament.

That’s because her linemates, for one period, were women’s hockey legends Krissy Wendell and Natalie Darwitz – one a Patty Kazmaier Award winner, one a finalist, both national champions and Olympians.

“I remember trying to take everything in and learn as much as I could from them,” Lamoureux said.

She remembers playing with and against Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight, also an Olympian.

“One in a million scoring touch,” Lamoureux said.

Lamoureux is well aware that the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has produced five of the last eight national players of the year and every national champion in the history of NCAA women’s hockey.

Yet among all of those big names, Lamoureux’s will soon be at the top.

The University of North Dakota senior forward enters this weekend’s series against Bemidji State just four points away from breaking the WCHA’s all-time scoring record, currently held by Knight (262 points).

In 138 career games, Lamoureux has 120 goals and 259 points.

“To be amongst the likes of these players as far as stats go, it’s humbling,” said Lamoureux, who leads UND with 30 goals and 55 points this season. “But it speaks for this program more than anything. It’s more of a program statement than anything.”

It also speaks volumes about Lamoureux, who along with her sister Monique (who ranks fourth all-time among WCHA players in points, despite playing defense half of her career), transferred to an up-and-coming UND program after their freshman seasons at Minnesota.

The record books, which previously had been reserved for players on loaded Minnesota, Wisconsin or Duluth teams, now have UND entries.

“It goes without saying, but some of those kids on that list, supporting cast-wise, with what they had around them, was a little bit different than the reality of what it was like when she transferred here,” UND coach Brian Idalski said. “It speaks volumes. She’s a terrific person and a terrific player.”

And the weekend could end up being extra special for Lamoureux.

“The individual stuff is good and all,” she said, “but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win.”

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