Junior forward Erin Wente had an assist for the Catamounts

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Jocelyne Lamoureux had two goals and three assists as the seventh-ranked North Dakota Fighting Sioux defeated Vermont 9-1 at Ralph Engelstad Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Sioux came out strong in their home opener jumping to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the first period. Monique Weber and Lamoureux tallied even strength goals to give North Dakota the early lead.

In the first five minutes of the second period the Sioux doubled their lead to 4-0, with even strength goals by Michelle Karvinen and Mary Loken. Karvinen and Loken's goals were their first season.

Early in the third period North Dakota's special teams struck to expand the Sioux's lead. Andrea Dalen scored on the power play 71 seconds into the third and Karvinen scored shorthanded at the 5:08 mark to build the North Dakota lead to 6-0.

The Sioux added two more goals to push their lead to 8-0 before Vermont got on the board. Krystal Baumann scored her second goal of the season at the 16:37 mark of the third. Amanda Pelkey and Erin Wente were credited with assists on the play.

Lamoureux closed out the scoring with her second goal of the night at 18:18 of the third.

Senior North Dakota goaltender Stephanie Ney earned the win making 14 saves. Roxanne Douville made 41 saves in her second start of the season.

Vermont returns to action tomorrow afternoon (3 p.m. EST) when they close out their weekend series against North Dakota.

NOTES: North Dakota is now 8-1-2 all-time against the Catamounts ... The Fighting Sioux improved to 7-3-1 all time in their home opening games at Ralph Engelstad Arena.