The Beavers struggled to find offense as Minnesota controlled the puck and outshot BSU 49-17 (the first game of the series earlier in the year saw BSU get outshot 49-16), but the road squad fought for the entire 60 minutes and was able to net its first goal against the Gophers this season.
Bemidji State fell to 5-16-2 on the year and 2-15-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Gophers ended BSU’s four-game win streak and increased their own nation-best win streak to 15 games to improve to 20-2-1 overall and 15-1-1 in the WCHA.
Monique Lamoureux put the Gophers up 2-0 after the first period with goals at both the 11:43 mark and the 17:13 mark. Her sister Jocelyne Lamoureux assisted on both goals while Terra Rasmussen and Chelsey Jones each provided the other assist on the two goals.
It only took Bemidji State one minute into the second frame to respond, with the first goal starting with a faceoff win in the offensive zone.
Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) won the draw in the left circle and the puck went to Ashley Leopold (Jr., Afton, Minn.) at the point. She fired at shot at the net and it was deflected by both Johnson and a UM defender. The puck went through the slot to Dorr, who was waiting to shoot it into the back of the net.
Dorr scored her sixth-career goal and recorded her 10th-career point. Johnson helped on her team-leading eighth goal of the season and Leopold recorded her fourth helper of the year.
Any thoughts of a Beaver comeback was soon dispelled when both Sarah Erickson and Kelly Seeler scored to give the home team a 4-1 advantage heading into the final stanza. Michelle Maunu, Kelli Blankenship, Brittany Francis and Emily West all assisted on the two goals.
Minnesota wrapped up the scoring when Jocelyne Lamoureux scored a power-play marker with 2:02 remaining in the third period, and the Gophers went on to win 5-1. Anne Schleper and Jen Schoullis assisted on the goal.
BSU netminder Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) saved 44 shots and allowed five goals. She lost her first decision in four games and moved to 4-13-1 on the season.
UM goalie Jenny Lura saved 16 shots and allowed one goal to improve to 10-1-0 on the season.
BSU went 0-for-7 on the power play and UM went 2-for-7.
Bemidji State will do battle with the Gophers in the series finale at 6:07 p.m. Saturday at Ridder.=