The Beavers came out of the gates with tremendous vigor, and held the No. 1 scoring offense in the country to just 11 shots in the first period and no goals. BSU even had nine shots of its own, even though the home team couldn’t net a marker. Perhaps the most impressive statistic from the first period would be zero, which was the amount of minutes Bemidji State was in the penalty box in the first period.
The second period was a totally different affair, as the Badgers went off for 25 shots, throwing two into the back of the net. Hilary Knight and Erika Lawler notched the goals, with Lawler assisting on Knight’s goal and Knight and Angie Keseley assisting on Lawler’s goal.
Kelly Nash and Brooke Ammerman notched power-play markers in the third period with assists from Alycia Matthews, Jasmine Giles, Nash and Mallory Deluce, and that was plenty of scoring for the team leading the country in that category.
A positive from the game would be that Wisconsin scored four goals, but came into the game averaging 6.50 goals a game.
The Badgers outshot Bemidji State 51-20, and were 2-for-5 on the power play while BSU went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. The last time the Beavers notched at least 20 shots against Wisconsin was Feb. 17, 2007 in a 6-0 defeat, a streak that spanned five games.
BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) had numerous incredible saves against UW. She finished the game with a career-high 47 saves, but dropped to 1-1-1 on the season after allowing four goals.
Jackie Robertson (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) and Erin Cody (So., Roseville, Minn.) led the way for Bemidji State in shots, all attempting three.
Beavers will play Wisconsin in Game 2 of the series at 6:07 p.m.
Saturday at the Hippodrome in Eveleth, Minn. The two teams will be
competing in the first U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game at the
“Capital of American Hockey”.