BSU fires away, but ties Northeastern 0-0
Friday, October 10, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team attempted more shots than it has in more than a year, but was unable to find the net in a 0-0 tie in the first-ever meeting with Northeastern University Friday night at John Glas Fieldhouse.

Because of the tie, the two teams went to a shootout that took nine rounds to decide a winner.

The first two shooters for NU missed their shots, and Montana Vichorek (Fr., Moose Lake, Minn.) scored on BSU’s second attempt, giving the home team the 1-0 advantage.

The final shooter for Northeastern, Lindsay Berman, converted on her opportunity despite knocking the net off the post. BSU’s final shooter missed her chance and the two teams went into extra rounds.

Five rounds of misses ensued, and NU’s Annie Hogan missed the sixth extra-round opportunity before giving way to Jackie Robertson (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Robertson went right and scored top-shelf to give the home crowd something to cheer about, the first shootout victory in school history.

The Beavers (1-1-1) netted 40 shots on goal - their most since attempting 42 against Minnesota State University Feb. 3, 2007 - and they only allowed 28 to the visiting Huskies (2-0-1).

BSU had double-digit shots in every non-overtime period (11-10-15) despite not being able to light the lamp. Northeastern’s shot totals went down in every period (10-9-6-3) as the Beaver defense picked up.

Five Bemidji State players set their career-highs in shots attempted, while two more tied their career highs. The five that set their career-highs in shots attempted were Erin Cody (So., Roseville, Minn.) with eight shots, Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) attempted six, Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) took five, Emily Erickson (Fr., Coleraine, Minn.) with five, and Marlee Wheelhouse (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) attempted her first-career shot. Franny Dorr (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) tied her career high with four shots, and Kaylee Keys (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) also tied her career high with three.

It was difficult for Bemidji State to get into a solid rhythm during the first two periods because the team went into the penalty box six times, and at one point had to kill off a 5-on-3 man advantage for Northeastern.

In the end, Bemidji State went 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Huskies were 0-for-7 on their man-advantage opportunities. The Beavers dominated on faceoffs, winning 40-25. Six Beavers took faceoffs, and only one had a sub-.500 record.

Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) got the start in between the pipes for BSU, and she performed at an extremely high level as she recorded her first-career shutout in a career-high 65 minutes of action. The shutout was the first for a Bemidji State goaltender since Emily Brookshaw’s fabled 50-save performance against the University of Wisconsin Nov. 24, 2007. Tomcikova saved all 28 shots faced in the 17th shutout in school history, and only allowed one goal in the nine shootout rounds. The rookie netminder moved to 1-0-1 on the season and dropped her goals against average to 0.96 while raising her save percentage to .967.

This was just the fifth time in school history that Bemidji State has played in back-to-back overtime games, and the first since a series with North Dakota Feb. 3-4, 2006. It was also the first time in school history that the Beavers have played a road overtime game that was directly followed with a home game that went to OT.

Bemidji State finishes the series with Northeastern at 3:07 p.m. Saturday at the Glas. The Beavers will look to attain back-to-back shutouts for just the third time in school history.

The last time BSU recorded two consecutive shutouts was in a series with Minnesota State Feb. 11-12, 2005. The only other time the Beavers recorded consecutive shutouts was also against Minnesota State Nov. 10-11, 2000. Interestingly enough, both times that BSU shut out the Mavericks on those back-to-back nights, the series’ were played at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn., and both times the series scores were 1-0 and 3-0.