BSU opens new year with 2-0 triumph over RMU
Friday, January 2, 2009
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team exhibited its most dominating performance of the season en route to a 2-0 victory over Robert Morris University Friday night at RMU Island Sports Center. The win was the first since a 3-2 triumph over Wayne State in the first game of the season, and it snapped a 17-game winless streak and a 14-game losing streak. BSU moved to 2-15-2 overall, and Robert Morris dropped to 8-10-1 on the season. The two teams played to a scoreless tie after one period despite eight shots by the Beavers. An increased offensive effort saw BSU net 13 shots and score the first goal of the game. Erin Babineau (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) netted a power-play goal 3:31 into the frame, her second marker of the season, and the Beavers were in the driver’s seat. Ashley Leopold (Jr., Afton, Minn.) and Kaylee Keys (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) each picked up assists on the goal. This was also the seventh power-play goal of the season for Bemidji State, one shy of the total number of goals all of last season scored with a man advantage. Bemidji State took 20 shots in the third period, and Lexy Parenteau (So., Franconia, Minn.) scored at the 8:37 mark, netting her first goal of the season and scoring her second-career goal. Nicole Rawlings (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) and Carissa Ketcher (So., Mound, Minn.) each assisted on the goal, and all three players recorded their first points of the season. The Beavers outshot the Colonials 41-18. This was the third time all season BSU attempted at least 40 shots, and was also just the third time this year BSU outshot its opponent. BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia), the two-time defending WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, recorded her second-career shutout, saving all 18 shots to improve to 2-12-1 on the year. Leopold’s assist was her second of the season, while Keys helped on her third goal of the year. Ketcher recorded her first-career assist, and Rawlings notched her third-career helper. Bemidji State moves to 2-1 all-time against Robert Morris, and is now 19-13-5 all-time against teams from College Hockey America. BSU will look to sweep its first opponent of the season in the second game of the series Saturday. The faceoff will be at 1:05 CST. --bsu--