The Beavers were swept by UM after winning four in a row and now sit at 5-17-2 on the season and 2-16 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota extends its nation-best win streak to 16 games, and the Gophers are now 21-2-1 overall and 16-1-1 in the WCHA.
UM jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead after the first period, and the Gopher attack was spearheaded by sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. Monique scored just 19 seconds into the game and Jocelyne recorded a marker 5:05 later. Each sister assisted on the others’ goal.
Jaimie Horton put Minnesota ahead 3-0 at the 8:06 mark and the Gophers were off and running. Alexandra Zebro assisted on Horton’s first goal of the season.
Despite being down early, the Beavers didn’t give up and were awarded a power-play opportunity 14:28 into the frame after Brittany Francis was whistled for interference.
Bemidji State took advantage of the extra attacker by firing two shots on net, with the first going to Erin Cody (So., Roseville, Minn.). The rebound bounced right in front to Bauerfeld, who backhanded a shot over the Minnesota netminder’s glove for her sixth goal of the season.
Marlee Wheelhouse (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) recorded the other assist. Cody tied Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) for the team lead with eight assists this season and Wheelhouse tallied her fourth assist of the year.
In the second period, Monique, Sarah Erickson, Horton and Kelly Seeler all scored goals to put Minnesota ahead 7-1. Jocelyne, Monique, Jen Schoullis (2), Dagney Willey, Terra Rasmussen, Emily West and Chelsey Jones all recorded assists.
Minnesota scored four goals in the third period to round out the scoring. Monique scored once and Jocelyne scored twice to both complete their hat tricks. Laura May also scored. Zebro (3), Monique, Schoullis and Willey all recorded assists.
BSU freshman goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia) saved 17 shots and allowed a career-high six goals to fall to 4-14-1 on the season. She was pulled midway through the second period for Alana McElhinney (Fr., Calgary, Alberta), who saw her first action since recording her first-career win Jan. 3 against Robert Morris. McElhinney saved 15 shots and allowed five goals. UM netminder Jenny Lura saved 13 shots and allowed the Bauerfeld goal to improve to 11-1-0 on the season. Kim Hanlon relieved Lura in the third period and saved eight shots.
Johnson and Cody have both recorded at least one point in each of the last five series’, and Bauerfeld has notched a point in four of the last five. BSU has now gone 10-straight games without being shutout, its longest such streak since midway through the 2006-07 season.
The 11 goals were the most allowed since falling 10-3 to Wisconsin Dec. 3, 2005.
The Beavers went 1-for-9 on the power play and the Gophers were 2-for-5. BSU was outshot 43-22.
State will return to action next weekend (Jan. 23-24) when Ohio State
University comes to John Glas Fieldhouse in a crucial WCHA matchup. If
BSU sweeps the Buckeyes, then it will be just two points away from
catching the team from Columbus, Ohio, in the conference standings.
This will be Alumni Weekend and both faceoffs are set for 2:07 p.m.