MANKATO, Minn. - An Ariel Mackley goal with 17 seconds left in overtime put Minnesota State University past Bemidji State University 2-1 Friday night at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. The No. 10 BSU squad falls to 6-3-2 (3-3-1-1 WCHA) with the overtime loss. Minnesota State gets their first win in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play as they improve to 5-6-0 (1-4-0 WCHA). The overtime loss is the first of the season for BSU who was 1-0-2 coming into the game including an overtime win over University of Maine.
The Beavers and Mavericks went into the locker room knotted at 0-0 at the end of the first period. Both teams had seven shots on goal apiece in the opening frame. Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) led BSU with two shots apiece. The Beavers have struggled all season in the first period this year with only six goals through 11 games.
Minnesota State went ahead late in the second period as Kari Lundberg’s shot trickled in off of Beaver goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia). The goal was the fourth of the season for Lundberg. Assists were credited to Nicole Germaine and Emmi Leinonen.
The Mavericks would go ahead 1-0 after the conclusion of the second period. The second-frame goal marks only the seventh goal allowed by BSU in the second period. The Beavers had out-scored opponents 15-6 in the second frame coming into Friday night.
BSU looked to even the slate 1-1 early in the third period as they had several opportunities back to back and looked to score as a Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) shot looked to go over the goal line behind MSU goaltender Alli Altmann. The goal was however waved off leaving the score 1-0 to the advantage of Minnesota State.
Huber had a point blank opportunity with 7:30 remaining in the third period but her shot hit the pipe keeping the score at 1-0.
Immediately after Huber’s chance the Beavers went into their second power-play opportunity of the game. BSU finally took advantage right at the end of the man advantage as Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) picked the corner right over the blocker of Altmann putting the score even 1-1 at the 14:14 mark of the third period. The goal was the Beavers’ 14th power-play goal of the season and E. Wheelhouse’s fourth of the year. Mackenzie Thurston (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) and Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) picked up assists on the goal. The assist was Thurston’s fourth of the season and M. Wheelhouse’s sixth of the year.
Neither Bemidji State nor Minnesota State were able to find the go ahead goal in regulation forcing BSU’s fourth overtime game of the season.
The Mavericks dominated the ice for most of the overtime and finally found the net with 17 seconds left in overtime off a shot from Ariel Mackley. The goal was Mackley’s first of the season. Lundberg and Jackie Otto had assists on the game-winner. BSU falls to 1-1-2 in overtime games as Friday’s contest was the Beavers’ fourth overtime game of the season.
The Mavericks had 31 shots on goal to 21 for Bemidji State. E. Wheelhouse led the team with four shots on goal. M. Wheelhouse, Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Lundquist each had three shots on goal. Minnesota State was led by Lundberg’s seven shots on goal. Leinonen added five shots on goal.
Tomcikova suffers her third loss of the season as she was unable to pick up her 33rd career win, which would have tied Bre Dedrickson for the all-time wins mark at Bemidji State. Tomcikova made 29 saves on the night and allowed two goals.
Altmann picks up the win for Minnesota State with 20 saves.
The Beavers were playing without top line forward Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) who missed the game due to an upper body injury. Erickson was replaced on the top line by defender M. Wheelhouse who moved forward from the blue line to replace Erickson.
Bemidji State will look to get the split tomorrow as they face the Mavericks in game two of the series which will commence at 3:07 p.m.