BEMIDJI, Minn. – Special teams made the difference in Saturday’s women’s hockey game between the Bemidji State team and St. Cloud State. The Huskies scored two power-play goals and two short-handed goals to give them a 5-2 win over the Beavers.
Bemidji State now drops to 4-8-2 (3-3-2-2 WCHA) on the season, while St. Cloud State improves to 4-8-0 (3-7-0-0 WCHA).
The Beavers started the game off sluggish being outshot in the first period 14-5. St. Cloud State scored on its first shot of the game after Meaghan Pezon intercepted a pass in the defensive zone.
“They totally outplayed us and we didn’t seem very interested in playing,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “But the good news was that we were only down one after the first.”
Bemidji State would come out in the second period skating much better than they did in the first. Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) would tie the game up early in the second period, sniping the SCSU goalie for her third goal of the season. Sadie Lundquist (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) was credited with the assist on the goal.
However, St. Cloud State would answer back netting back-to-back power-play goals to take a 3-2 lead.
Undeterred by the two-goal lead, the Beavers kept fighting. Lundquist would score her second goal of the weekend after putting in a loose rebound from a shot taken by Cody. Emily Erickson (R-Fr., Coleraine, Minn.) tallied a helper on the goal, which helped cut the SCSU lead to 3-2 going into the third period. The Beavers outshot the Huskies 12-11 in the second period.
“We always battle back and that’s a credit to our players,” Sertich said. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t take advantage of the power plays that we had.”
Special-teams trouble would haunt the Beavers in the third period as St. Cloud State scored two short-handed goals on the same power-play opportunity for the Beavers. One of the short-handed goals was also an empty netter.
Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) was in net again for the Beavers. She recorded 31 saves while compiling a .886 save percentage.
Up next for the Beavers will be a weekend series at the University of Minnesota on Nov. 20-21. Game times are set for 6:07 p.m. (Friday), and 4:07 p.m. (Saturday).