November 20, 20111st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State0134
Minnesota Duluth1023
Scoring Summary
101:50UMDThibault, Vanessa (Irwin, Haley , Wong, Jessica)
208:38BSUErickson, Emily (Wheelhouse, Erika )
303:03BSUVichorek, Montana (Wheelhouse, Erika , Wheelhouse, Marlee)
303:18BSUErickson, Emily
308:36UMDCournoyer, Audrey (Wilson, Katie , Stauber, Emma)
314:46BSULundquist, Sadie (Vichorek, Montana , Erickson, Emily)
319:23UMDHickel, Zoe (Cournoyer, Audrey , Wilson, Katie)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUTomcikova, Zuzana60:003036
UMDHarss, Jennifer59:234023
UMDTEAM0:37000
Statistical ComparisonBSUUMD
Shots on Goal2739
Power Plays2-61-5
Penalties-Minutes5-106-12
Late surge catapults Beavers past national power (6/7) UMD 4-3
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Late surge catapults Beavers past national power (6/7) UMD 4-3
DULUTH, Minn.- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team used three third period goals to catapult them past (6/7) University of Minnesota Duluth for the program’s second-ever victory over the NCAA Division I women’s hockey powerhouse who has won five national championships. The win also marks BSU’s third win over a ranked team this season and their first win over a ranked opponent during the regular season on the road since defeating No. 9 University of Wisconsin 2-0 at Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Feb. 7, 2010.

The Beavers improve to 9-4-2 (5-4-1 WCHA) and continue their best start in program history as they moved to 16 points in the conference standings. The Bulldogs fall to 5-6-1 (2-5-1 WCHA) this season.

“These girls have done it all year,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “We might not play that well on Friday but we came back and battled so hard. I am so proud of our players.”

The victory improves BSU’s record to 6-1-0 in second games of the series. All three of BSU’s upsets of ranked teams have come in the second game of a series as they also defeated both No. 2 University of Minnesota and No. 10 Providence College after failing to record victories in game one.

The Bulldogs wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they went ahead 1-0 less than two minutes into Sunday afternoon’s meeting with the Beavers as Vanessa Thibault found the net on a power-play goal. The goal on the man advantage marked the second of the weekend for UMD. Haley Irwin and Jessica Wong had assists on the goal.

The first period ended 1-0 with the Bulldogs hanging on to the lead.

Bemidji State knotted the contest 1-1 at the 8:38 mark when Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) found the net, a welcome sign for the Beavers who were without Erickson for three games prior to this weekend. The goal was Erickson’s seventh of the season. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) picked up her 10th assist of the year on the goal.

BSU looked to take control of the game early in the first period as the squad recorded two goals in a matter of 15 seconds. First, at the 3:03 mark Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) recorded her second power-play goal of the weekend and her seventh goal of the season off assists from the BSU’s favorite pair of sisters, Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and E. Wheelhouse.  The assist was M. Wheelhouse’s 10th of the season and E. Wheelhouse’s 11th of the season and second of the game. The goal was a showcase of BSU’s dynamic trio of defenseman who have recorded 16 goals and  The power-play goal was BSU’s 20th of the season for a team that came into Sunday night with the most power play goals of any team in the country and were ranked third in the nation for power-play efficiency.

Erickson responded 15 seconds later at the 3:18 mark of the third period as she recorded an unassisted ace to put the Beavers ahead 3-1. The goal was Erickson’s eighth of the year.

Just as the Beavers looked to have control of the game, Audrey Coumoyer of the Bulldogs responded to put UMD down 3-2 8:36 into the third period. Katie Wilson and

Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) widened the Beaver lead to 4-2 as she put away a rebound that came off the blocker of Jennifer Harss after a Vichorek shot. The goal was Lundquist’s eighth of the year. Vichorek was credited with her 11th assist of the game. Erickson also tallied an assist, her 11th of the season. The goal came on power play even further showing the strength that BSU has shown all season with the man advantage. Lundquist’s put back was the 21st power-play goal of the season for the team.

The Beavers were not safe with their advantage as UMD would make things interesting with 37 seconds left in the game when Zoe Hickel found the net off assists from Coumoyer and Wilson.

Despite the late comeback, BSU was able to hang on for the milestone victory over their rivals to the East. Bemidji State is now 2-51-2 all-time against the Bulldogs with both victories coming in the last two seasons. The Beavers upended UMD 1-0 last November at Sanford Center for the program’s first-ever victory over Shannon Miller’s squad.

Erickson led the Beavers with two goals and an assist. Vichorek chipped in a goal and an assist. E. Wheelhouse had two assists in the game.

Zuzana Tomcikova
(Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) picked up her sixth victory of the season as she recorded 36 saves and allowed three goals for the Bulldogs.

BSU will return to action next weekend as they host another ranked opponent in University of North Dakota, slotted No. 6 and 7 in the polls going into the weekend. The first game of the series will be played in the hometown of the Wheelhouse sisters, Crookston, Minn., at the Crookston Sports Center on Fri., Nov. 25. The second game of the series will be played at Sanford Center on BSU’s home ice on Sat., Nov. 26.
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