BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) turned away 23 shots in the season-opener at Sanford Center, but the Beavers would fall to No. 10 Providence College in a shootout. BSU went toe-to-toe with their ranked foes from Rhode Island through three periods and one overtime forcing the shootout. The Friars’ Haley Frade scored the decisive goal in the second round of the shootout and BSU was unable to answer.
The story of the game was the world-class goaltending of both netminders Friday night. Tomcikova’s only goal allowed was Frade’s shootout score. Providence goaltender Genevieve Lacasse netted 39 saves and pitched a clean slate in net. She turned away three Bemidji State shots in the shootout to give the Friars the shootout victory over the Beavers.
In the first 15 minutes of the game both teams were given a game misconduct forcing Bemidji State’s Mackenzie Thurston (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) and Providence’s Laura Veharanta out of the game. The early penalties set a tone as both power-play units were utilized often. The Beavers penalty kill unit was strong stopping Providence cold on seven power-plays on the night. Bemidji State had three power-play opportunities of their own but were held by the Friar penalty kill.
Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) paced the Beavers with seven shots on net. In addition to their strong play behind the blue-line Friday night, sisters Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) added five shots on goal. BSU outshot the Friars 39-23 in the game including a 16-6 advantage during the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Providence was led by Ashley Cottrell’s six shots on goal. Rebecca Morse, Kate Bacon and Frade each added three shots on net.
Frade was the only player to score in a shootout that went three rounds after three periods and an overtime of scoreless hockey. Christie Jensen was stopped on the first opportunity by Tomcikova. Sadie Lundquist (Jr., Cloquet, Minn.) took the first shot for the Beavers but was held by Lacasse. Frade would take the second shot for Providence and proved successful sneaking it past Tomcikova. Erickson and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) each had opportunities to even the shootout but both were held at bay by Lacasse.
Several newcomers made their regular-season debuts for Bemidji State as Maine transfer Kristi King (F, Stillwater, Minn.), along with freshman Rachael Kelly (F, Rosemount, Minn.), Whitney Wivoda (F, Fairbanks, Alaska) and Kristin Huber (F, Kelowna, British Columbia) all made their debuts for BSU.
Friday's game was the first-ever between the Beavers and Friars. The series stands at 0-0-1 with the game officially ending in a tie.
The teams play the final game of the series tomorow (Oct. 1). The opening face off is set for 4:07 p.m.
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