MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota won its 14th game in a row against the Bemidji State women’s hockey team, downing the Beavers 4-2 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. BSU had a late rush in the third, but came up short as the No. 2 Golden Gophers controlled the pace for the majority of the game outshooting the Beavers 38-21.
“I thought we were losing a lot of one-on-one battles, but it wasn’t about speed or skill, we were just not scrapping hard enough with them,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “We had some chances late and it was good that we could take the game back at a point where some teams would have packed it up.”
The start of the game ended in a stalemate with Minnesota outshooting Bemidji State 12-3. The Gophers came out stronger in the second. Goals by Kellie Blankenship and Sarah Erickson gave Minnesota a two-goal lead heading into the third period. Bemidji State got into a bit of penalty trouble, having to kill off three Gopher power plays.
Going into the third, the Gophers would keep up the pressure and score their third goal of the game just five minutes into the period.
However, the Beavers didn’t quit and caught a second wind behind an Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) goal at 12:46 in the third period. A late goal by Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Wodbury, Minn.) with just over one minute left in the game cut the Gopher lead to one. Unfortunately, an empty-net goal by Minnesota with 41 seconds left would crush any hope of a Beaver comeback, sealing the win for the Gopher’s 4-2.
“I was really proud of our team,” Sertich said. “I’ve seen some teams pack it in after being down and outshot in two periods like we were. It was amazing what we did in the last 10 minutes of the game and it shows how resilient our players are.”
Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) made 34 saves in the game, recording her 10th game this season with a save percentage better than .900. She had a .919 save percentage on the night. Her efforts helped keep the Beavers in the game including a huge diving-save in the third period on a rebound shot.
Cody finished the night with two points, scoring the first Beaver goal and assisting on the second.
Marlee Wheelhouse (So., Crookston, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) also tallied assists for the Beavers.
The Beavers will return tomorrow at 4:07 p.m. as they finish out the weekend against the Gophers.