ST. CLOUD, Minn. – All three seniors of the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team score all the goals in Friday’s afternoon game to help the Beavers down St. Cloud State 3-1 at the National Hockey Center. The three seniors, Erin Cody (Fwd., Roseville, Minn.), Annie Bauerfeld (Fwd., Woodbury, Minn.) and Erin Johnson (Fwd., Farmington, Minn.) each registered a goal and an assist in the Beavers ninth win of the season.
“We knew the Huskies would play hard and they always do, but we had an ugly first period and looked a bit rusty. The second period was outstanding, we out-shot them dramatically and controlled the play, and then in the third we had a couple bad penalties that they took advantage of as far of momentum,” said head coach Steve Sertich.
Starting out of the gate the Beavers looked a bit sluggish. However, the slow start didn’t deter Bemidji State as Cody scored her 13th goal of the season to put the Beavers on top heading into the first intermission. The play started behind the St. Cloud State net, when Emily Erickson (R-So., Fwd., Coleraine, Minn.) carried the puck out and dished it off to Montana Vichorek (Jr., Def., Moose Lake, Minn.) who was at the top of the right circle. Vichorek then passed it to Cody in the slot, and Cody ripped a shot past SCSU tender Ashley Nixon.
In the second period Bemidji State played extremely well despite letting in an early goal by the Huskies. At the 1:39 mark St. Cloud State’s Haylea Schmid had a shot on goal from the slot. Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., G., Bratislava, Slovakia) made the initial save, but the rebound bounced out of reach as she dove in an attempt to freeze the play. Schmid chased the loose puck and put it in to tie the game at 1-1. After giving up the goal the Beavers didn’t get down and soon got in the driver’s seat, controlling the majority of play for the rest of the period.
Under three minutes after giving up the tying goal, the Beavers went on their first power play of the game. With the man advantage Bemidji State soon found the back of the net to take back the one-goal lead. Cody and Bauerfeld teamed up and found Johnson at the back door for her second goal of the season to give the Beavers back their one-goal lead. The Beavers continued to press in the second and had a few odd-man chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net for a second time in the period. The Husky defense would hold on and Bemidji State would end the second period with the 2-1 lead.
“Johnson brings something special to the power play and has such a great offensive feel,” Sertich said. “Bauerfeld and Johnson have chemistry together and it was nice to see them connect early in the second half of the season.”
In the third Bemidji State carried the momentum over from the second and looked increase their lead. While BSU kept up the offensive pressure, the Huskies weren’t backing down tried taking advantage of a couple BSU penalties in the period. Tomcikova made sure though that the Huskies didn’t come back with a tying goal and turned away eight shots in the period. The Beavers found the insurance goal they were looking for late in the third period after Kimberly Lieder (Jr., Def., Eagan, Minn.) made a great diving play to keep possession of the puck. Tess Dusik (Fr., Fwd., Oak Bluff, Manitoba) got the puck and chipped it ahead to Johnson who then played a long pass to Bauerfeld for a breakaway. Bauerfeld didn’t hesitate on the play and put the biscuit top shelf for her third goal of the season.
The assist was the first point of Dusik’s career and becomes the fourth freshman this season to tally a point.
Tomcikova made a total of 18 saves in the contest to record her eighth win of the season.
Cody’s two points now brings her three shy of breaking the career-century point mark. She sits in third place for career points at BSU with 97. Kelly Hart had 100, while Amber Fryklund sits atop with 122 career points. Cody also has 49 career goals and is ten shy of Fryklunds top mark.
The Beavers now have five straight wins over the Huskies, spanning back to the two playoff wins last season. Bemidji State advances to 9-7-3 (7-5-3-2 WCHA) on the season while St. Cloud State continues the search for its first win dropping to 0-19-1 (0-14-1-1 WCHA). Gaining three points from the win BSU now sits tied in third place with North Dakota, who plays noncoference Vermont this weekend, and two points above Minnesota who hosts Minnesota State tonight at 6:07 p.m.
The two teams return to action tomorrow afternoon for another 2:07 p.m. game time at the National Hockey Center.
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