The BSU women’s hockey team was shut out for the third straight game as the team was defeated 2-0 by St. Cloud State Friday afternoon at National Hockey Center.
The Beavers fall to 1-10-2 overall and 0-9 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while the Huskies improve to 8-5-2 overall and 5-5-1-1 in the WCHA.
St. Cloud State entered the penalty box just 49 seconds into the contest, giving Bemidji State the early man-advantage. Unfortunately for the road squad, that advantage quickly evaporated when Holly Roberts scored an unassisted short-handed marker 2:40 into the first. That goal would prove to be the game-winner.
Roberts scored again in the first period, this time a power-play goal with 2:10 remaining off assists from Danielle Hirsch and Caitlin Hogan, and that would be all in terms of the puck entering the back of the net during this game.
Bemidji State has now been held scoreless seven times this season, which is the most times being shutout through the first 13 games of a season in school history, and the six shutouts in conference play are the most through nine conference games in school history.
Bemidji State was outshot 33-20, and was also held scoreless on the power-play, going 0-for-8. SCSU was 1-for-8 with the man-advantage, and both teams committed nine penalties.
Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) gave up the two early goals but then shut down the Huskies for the final two periods, finishing with 31 saves during the contest and falling to 1-7-1. Both her save percentage and goals against average improved for the season, moving to .928 and 2.55, respectively.
Erin Cody (So., Roseville, Minn.), Erin Babineau (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.), Brooke Collins (Sr., Pilot Mound, Manitoba) and Montana Vichorek (Fr., Moose Lake, Minn.) combined for 14 shots and were the only players with multiple shot attempts.
Bemidji State has now scored six goals through nine 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 four markers in its first nine conference games.
The Beavers wrap up the series with the Huskies 2:07 p.m. Saturday at National Hockey Center.