UND comes from behind to steal victory
Saturday, December 13, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Two players notched multiple points and Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) posted another fantastic game in net, but a late goal sent the game into overtime and the University of North Dakota was able to steal a 4-3 win from the Bemidji State University women's hockey team Saturday evening at John Glas Fieldhouse.

Bemidji State now moves to 1-15-2 overall and 0-14 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, while the Fighting Sioux improves to 10-7-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the WCHA.

The Beavers came out the aggressor after narrowly dropping Game One of the series 2-1. The home squad had one of its best periods of the season in the first, holding UND to just two shots while attempting nine.

After possessing the puck for long stretches and getting quality chances at net, Bemidji State was finally able to break the scoring drought with just five seconds to play in the period when Montana Vichorek (Fr., Moose Lake, Minn.) fired a shot from the point on the power play. The puck deflected off a UND defender and past the diving netminder. Kaylee Keys (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) and Erin Cody (So., Roseville, Minn.) assisted on Vichorek’s first career goal.

The Beavers might have held the Fighting Sioux to just two shots in the first, but the road squad came firing back with 21 in the second and two goals, both on the power play. Sara Dagenais scored 4:40 into the frame and Stephanie Roy slid a rebound past a diving Tomcikova with just eight seconds remaining in the frame. Randi Motsko, Melissa Jaques, Kelly Lewis and Casie Hanson all had assists on the goals.

It didn’t take long for BSU to answer, when Cody tipped in a rebound just 13 seconds into the third to square the game at 2-2. Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) and Vichorek assisted on the goal.

Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) scored her third goal of the season 13:11 into the final period off assists from Franny Dorr (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) and Lauren Williams (Fr., Eagan, Minn.) to give the home team the 3-2 advantage.

It looked as if Bemidji State might take down North Dakota for its first conference win of the season, but Jaques decided this would not be the Beavers’ day.

She scored an extra-attacker goal with just 1:21 remaining in the game and hit home the game winner 2:56 into the overtime session to give her team the series sweep and take away any chance at BSU earning a point in the first half of the season.

Bemidji State was outshot 46-27 in the game, and was held shotless in the overtime session. UND was 2-for-6 on the power play while the Beavers went 1-for-6, scoring their second power-play marker in the last four games.

Tomcikova saved 42 shots, and finished the weekend with 88 saves and a .926 save percentage. She fell to 1-12-1 on the season after allowing four goals.

Cody notched her team-leading seventh goal and sixth assist to increase her team lead to 13 points on the season. Vichorek recorded her first-career two-point game, and Williams’ assist was her first-career point.

Dorr recorded her first point of the season, and Keys added her second-career helper.

The Beavers will take a three-week break to observe the holidays, and will be back in action Jan. 2-3 at Robert Morris University. The two teams will hit the ice at 6:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., respectively.