MINNEAPOLIS – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team offense was shutdown Saturday evening as the No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers blanked the Beavers 3-0 at Ridder Arena. UM’s tender Noora Raty made 34 saves en route to the first time the BSU has been shutout since Oct. 15, 2010.
Bemidji State came out looking strong after giving up four goals in the first period the previous night. Opening the first period the Beavers went on to out-shoot the Gophers 14-10, but it was Minnesota that started the scoring at the 6:22 mark with a breakaway goal.
Playing a very strong second period the Beavers went on to out-shoot the Gophers again, this time with a 14-8 tally. Unfortunately, Raty was there making all 14 stops, including helping the Gophers kill three penalties in the period.
In the final frame, the Gophers went on the power play half-way through the period scored their insurance goal. In the final minute of play, the Beavers opted for an empty net trying to find a goal. However, Kelly Terry scored on the empty net to secure the Gophers 22nd win of the season.
BSU’s penalty kill went 1-3 on the day, surrendering just their third power-play goal of the new year.
The shutout was the third time on the season that the Beavers have been shutout and the first time since being blanked 4-0 by then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 15, 2010.
Both goaltending was hot in the game as Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., Bratislava, Slovakia) made 27 saves in the contest. Tomcikova had a great night making timely saves through and through, but unfortunately the Gophers scored when they should have, on a breakaway and on the power play.
Bemidji State’s losing skid continues as the Beavers drop to 12-5-3 (10-13-3 WCHA) on the season. However, with a Minnesota Duluth victory tonight in Columbus, Ohio, the Beavers will secure a fifth-spot finish in the conference as the Buckeyes of Ohio State are too far out of reach to catch the Beavers in the final weekend of play. BSU will play the fourth-place team in the conference which is still between, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, and North Dakota.
The Beavers will finish of the regular season at home next weekend as they will host the sixth place Buckeyes. Game times for both Friday and Saturday’s game will be at 2:07 p.m.