OT goal costs BSU 2-0 start
Saturday, October 4, 2008
DETROIT, Mich. - Erin Babineau (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) scored her first-collegiate goal, but the Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team was unable to hold on to the lead, falling 2-1 in overtime to Wayne State University Saturday afternoon at the City Sports Arena.

The Beavers took the lead when Babineau scored a power-play marker 1:41 into the second period. Marlee Wheelhouse (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) and Annie Bauerfeld (Fr., Woodbury, Minn.) assisted on the goal. Wheelhouse notched her first collegiate point, and Bauerfeld recorded her seventh-career assist and second of the season.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, they were unable to hold onto the lead. Melissa Boal, Wayne State’s leading scorer from last season, scored a game-tying goal at the 9:29 mark of the second period, and the two teams skated out the third period with a 1-1 tie.

It took just 2:30 into the extra session, but Boal was again able to score a goal, this one being the game-winner for the home team.

Wayne State outshot BSU 31-28. Bemidji State went 1-for-9 on the power play and WSU was 0-for-8 with a man advantage.

Goaltender Alana McElhinney (Fr., Calgary, Alberta) notched her first-career start, and took the loss despite saving 29 shots. She played 62:30 in net for the Beavers.

The last time Bemidji State lost in overtime was to Ohio State on March 6, 2003. BSU has now lost four times in overtime in school history.

Bemidji State defeated Wayne State in Friday’s game, snapping the longest losing streak in school history, which stood at 13 games dating back to last year.

Next weekend (Oct. 10-11 at 7:07 p.m. and 3:07 p.m.) BSU plays host to Northeastern University in the home opener of the 2008-09 campaign.