BEMIDJI, Minn. — An early goal by Keirstin Visser (Fr., Crapaud, Prince Edward Island) wasn’t enough for Bemidji State University to claim a weekend sweep over No. 4 Wisconsin as the Badgers battled back scoring three unanswered goals to win 3-1 on Sunday evening at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.
Visser’s goal came on part by an error made by Wisconsin goaltender Alannah McCready. McCready went behind the net to play a puck dumped in by BSU, but mishandled it and Visser put it in the open net to give the Beavers an early lead.
Just minutes after the go-ahead goal, the Beavers would get called for Holding and have to go on the penalty kill. Wisconsin wouldn’t score, but they dominated the game while on the power play making BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) turn away 7 shots during the two minute blitz. Bemidji State also blocked four shots to help kill off the penalty.
However, Wisconsin would go on a second power play with just under six minutes left in the first period and this time they wouldn’t leave empty handed. The Badgers scored on a triple-rebound attempt in front of the Beaver net.
Tomcikova stopped 21 shots during the first period.
Heading into the second, Wisconsin jumped out netting their second goal just 15 seconds after the start of the period. Luckily for the Beavers, that’s all the scoring they would do for the period.
BSU had its chances to score in the second as the Beavers went on the power play twice, but were unable to capitalize on the man advantage.
Play was paused towards the end of the second when Badger defender Olivia Jakiel was injured and was taken to the hospital for further examination.
The Badgers would score their third and final goal of the game in the third period off another double-rebound attempt.
Tomcikova (1-1-0) made a total of 38 saves, good for a .941 save percentage.
Visser’s goal was the first of her career, and was unassisted.
The Beavers will return to the ice Oct. 16 and 17 when they host Ohio State University at 7:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m. respectively.