BSU improves play, but falls in second game to SCSU
Saturday, November 22, 2008
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Bemidji State University women’s hockey goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) turned aside 34 shots and finished the game with a .944 save percentage, but the two power-play goals scored by St. Cloud State University proved to be the difference in a 2-0 defeat Saturday afternoon at National Hockey Center.

The Beavers dropped to 1-11-2 overall and 0-10 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, while the Huskies moved to 9-5-2 overall and 6-5-1-1 in the WCHA.

Bemidji State came out the aggressor in the second game of the series, outshooting St. Cloud State 12-7 in the opening period. Neither team could find the net, however, and the period ended in a 0-0 tie.

After 18 minutes of a scoreless second, Megan McCarthy notched a power-play goal at the 18:38 mark with help from Jaclyn Daggit and Brita Schroeder. Michelle Moen added another specialty marker 11:10 into the third period with help from Sammy Nixon and Daggit, and that would be all the scoring in the contest.

After holding the huge shot advantage after the first, BSU attempted just five second-period shots, while SCSU fired 14. The third period was a virtual draw, as the Huskies held a slight 15-13 shot advantage, and the home team finished the game with a 36-30 shot advantage.

Despite struggling this season and being unable to find the back of the net in their last four games, the Beavers continue to be optimistic, which was evident in their play in the final period. They were down, they were tired, but they refused to give up. The team was resilient in the loss and the defense was phenomenal this weekend.

The four goals scored by St. Cloud State in the series were the least amount scored against BSU during a WCHA weekend this season and the 50 attempted shots in the two games for Bemidji State were the second most against a WCHA opponent this season.

Those looking at the score might think this was the same result as Friday’s 2-0 loss to these same Huskies, but BSU attempted 10 more shots and played at a much higher level in the second game of the series. The only difference in Saturday’s game was special teams.

Montana Vichorek (Fr., Moose Lake, Minn.), Erin Babineau (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) and Kaylee Keys (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) led the way for Bemidji State, attempting a combined 13 shots.

Bemidji State has now scored six goals through 10 conference games, which is the second-least amount of goals scored in school history to start a season in that span. The least amount came in the 2003-04 season when BSU scored five markers in its first 10 conference games. The 0-10 start to the WCHA season ties the school record for worst start in school history (2003-04).

Bemidji State has now been held scoreless eight times this season, which is the most times being shutout through the first 14 games of a season in school history, and the seven shutouts in conference play are the most through 10 conference games in school history.

Bemidji State will get another quick breather next weekend before jumping right back into WCHA action Dec. 5-6 at Minnesota Duluth. Both games with the Bulldogs will begin at 7:07 p.m.