ERIE, Pa. — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team opened the 2009-10 campaign Friday night against No. 2 Mercyhurst. The Beavers (0-1-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) couldn’t out-power the Lakers (1-0-0, 0-0-0 CHA) losing 4-1.
Bemidji State started the game off well keeping the game scoreless in the first period. The Lakers outshot the Beavers 15-5 in the first period, but the superb goaltending by BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) kept the game even.
“We were outshot, but there were definitely some plays where we kept up with the pace of Mercyhurst,” said head coach Steve Sertich.
However, the Beavers didn’t fair so well after the intermission as the Lakers scored all four of their goals in the second period.
“They turned it up a notch and we struggled to respond,” Sertich said. “They were able to take advantage of the special teams situations that arose in the second period.”
The Lakers scored two of the goals on the special teams while the third goal was scored with an extra attacker.
The Beavers were able to regroup during the second intermission and came out winning the third period. Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) scored the lone goal of the third period on a Beaver power play. Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minnesota) and Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) were credited with the assist on the goal.
Tomcikova made a total of 38 saves in the game earning her a .905 save percentage.
Penalties were a big factor in the game as both sides were called for a total of 25 penalties.
“It was hard to maintain any sense of flow in the game with having so many plays being broken up with all the power plays and penalty kills,” Sertich said. “For tomorrow’s game we have to learn to stay out of the penalty box; we need to watch the hooking and holding.”
The Beavers will face the Lakers again on Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT.
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