COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team skated to its second consecutive tie on Friday night, tying the No. 9/10 Ohio State Buckeyes 2-2. The Buckeyes went on to claim the extra point winning the shootout 1-0 in three rounds.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring netting their first goal just five minutes into the game. Two of Ohio State’s top-three scorers, Laura McIntosh and Hokey Langan, combined on the assists to give OSU the early lead. Bemidji State was unable to respond in the first period and headed to the locker room for the first intermission with the one-goal deficit and being out-shot 10-6 in the period.
In the second the Beavers found their stride as they took control of the shots, out shooting the Buckeyes 14-8. While on the power-play in the middle stretch of the period, Annie Bauerfeld (Sr., Fwd., Wodbury, Minn.) found Emily Erickson (R-So., Fwd., Coleraine, Minn.) for a breakaway. After being denied on an earlier breakaway chance, Erickson was determined not to leave empty handed. Making a move to her left, Erickson ten cut back to the right and put in a back hander past the glove of Lisa Steffes. Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., G., Bratislava, Slovakia) was also credited with an assist on the play. The assist is her second of the season and career.
Two minutes later the Beavers were back on the prowl and this time freshman Allie Duellman (Def., Maplewood, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. With traffic in front of the net, the puck beat Steffe’s five hole to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead. Bauerfeld and Kimberly Lieder (Jr., Def., Eagan, Minn.) were credited on the assists.
After erasing the deficit and claiming a one-goal lead heading into the third, Bemidji State was hoping to pull off its fourth win of the season over a nationally ranked team. However, the Buckeyes scored with over four and a half minutes left to tie the game at 2-2. Bemidji State had a scare at the end of the period, having to kill off a penalty to end regulation and go into overtime.
The overtime was the second consecutive overtime game for the Beavers after previously going into overtime in their last game against North Dakota on Nov. 13. After scoring the game-tier, Ohio State controlled the momentum in the overtime period and out-shot BSU 6-2. Undaunted, Tomcikova made all six saves to hold-on to the tie.
Having won the previous shootout on Nov. 13 against the Fighting Sioux, Bemidji State did not lack any confidence in its shootout ability. Unfortunately, Ohio State’s Olympian Natalie Spooner scored on the opening shot. BSU was unable to score on their first two shooters and Tomcikova stopped the next two from OSU. Erickson took the third shot for the Beavers and needed to score to keep the shootout going. After scoring against Steffes on a breakaway, Erickson again deked past the freshman goalie, but the goalie’s best friend came through as Erickson rang the post giving Ohio State the extra point in the WCHA standings.
Bemidji State is now 6-5-2 (4-3-2-1 WCHA) on the season and Ohio State moves to 7-6-2 (3-6-2-2 WCHA). So far in the season the Beavers are 3-4-2 against nationally ranked teams.
BSU will faceoff against the Buckeyes, finishing off the weekend series, tomorrow evening at 6:07 p.m.
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