BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team out-skated St. Cloud State to a 1-0 victory on Friday night in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. The Beavers had a stunning performance in goal by Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) as she made 28 saves recording her fifth-career shutout.
Coming off a 3-1 road win at Minnesota State last Saturday, the Beavers carried the momentum into the game out shooting the Huskies 35-28, while also dominating in the faceoff department winning 32 of 50. The win improves BSU to 4-7-2 (3-2-2-2 WCHA) while SCSU drops to 3-8-0 (2-7-0-0 WCHA).
“A lot of times the little things make the difference,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “Last year it was the opposite for us. This year we’re winning a lot more faceoffs, we’re doing a lot of those little things better than last year and it’s paying off.”
The Beaver’s lone goal came as Sadie Lundquist (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) won the offensive-zone faceoff to Emily Erickson (R-Fr., Coleraine, Minn.). Erickson then dished it out to the point to Jackie Robertson (Sr., Inner Grove Heights, Minn.). Robertson took the shot from the point and Lundquist got a piece of the puck, which fluttered past the glove of St. Cloud tender Ashley Nixon. The goal was the first-collegiate goal for Lunquist.
One major factor in the win for Bemidji State was the exceptional play by the Beaver defense. BSU totaled 22 blocked shots in the game with Robertson and Marlee Wheelhouse (So., Crookston, Minn.) combining for seven blocks.
“I thought our D-core was outstanding tonight,” Sertich said.” We only had maybe two pinches that we made mistakes on, resulting on an odd-man rush; but I thought they were outstanding.”
The Huskies turned up the heat in the last two minutes pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. SCSU put for shots on goal in those final two minutes, but Tomcikova turned them all away to keep the shutout.
The game is the first in coach Sertich’s career where the Beaver’s were not called for a single penalty. Technically no player on the ice was called for a penalty, as the lone infraction was assessed to the St. Cloud State bench for too many men on the ice.
Lundquist’s goal marks the first time this season that the game-winning goal did not come from the duo of Erin Johnson (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) and Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.).
The Beavers return tomorrow at 2:07 p.m. to finish the home series with St. Cloud State.