CROOKSTON, Minn. (CROOKSTON SPORTS CENTER) - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell 5-2 to University of North Dakota Friday night at Crookston Sports Center in Crookston, Minn. The UND win spoils the homecoming for Erika and Marlee Wheelhouse who were playing in front of their hometown crowd. The Beavers stuck with the Fighting Sioux for over two periods until North Dakota used three late goals to sink BSU. The Beavers fall to 9-5-2 (5-5-1-1 WCHA). North Dakota improves to 10-4-1 (7-3-1 WCHA).
After playing even hockey through the first period the Beavers lifted the lid on the net early in the second as Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) gave her hometown fans what they were waiting for scoring a goal on the ice in the Eastern Minnesota town she grew up in, to put the Beavers ahead 1-0 3:00 into the second period. The goal marked the 22nd power-play goal of the season for BSU and developed after a hard shot from her sister Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) ricocheted off teammate Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) behind the net where M. Wheelhouse found the puck and wrapped around the net putting it past North Dakota netminder Stephanie Ney. The goal was the sixth of the season for M. Wheelhouse. The assist was E. Wheelhouse’s 12th and Lundquist’s 16th.
The Fighting Sioux evened the score 1-1 at the 6:45 mark of the second period when Monique Lamoureux-Kolls found the net for her 12th goal of the season. The goal came on the man advantage off assists from Mary Loken and Jocelyne Lamoureux.
North Dakota took the lead late in the second period as Alyssa Wiebe tallied yet another power-play goal for the Fighting Sioux off assists from Loken and J. Lamoureux. The goal was Wiebe’s eighth of the year. The two power-play goals were the seventh and eighth allowed by the Beavers this season.
Bemidji State reponded early on in the third period as E. Wheelhouse looked to write a story book ending for her and her sister in their Crookston return. The junior found the net for the Beavers’ 23rd power-play goal and E, Wheelhouse’s fifth of the season. The assist came from Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and was her 12th of the season.
However, North Dakota played the spoiler on this Friday evening showdown at Crookston Sports Center. The Fighting Sioux used three late goals in the third period to put the Beavers away. Sara Dagenais scored what would prove to be the game winner at the 10:32 mark off an assist from Michelle Karvinen.
Candace Molle put the Fighting Sioux ahead 4-2 at the 17:37 mark in the third period off an assist from Allison Parizek.
Following Molle’s goal, the Beavers pulled goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) leaving an empty net for Karvinen who ended the third period onslaught for North Dakota off assists from J. Lamoureux and Megan Gilbert.
It was evident there was no love lost between the Fighting Sioux and Beavers Friday night as the sin bin was busy throughout the evening’s contest. The two teams had 18 penalities between them with 11 penalities for North Dakota and seven for Bemidji State.
North Dakota outshot Bemidji State 37 to 28 on the night. The Fighting Sioux dominated faceoffs 44 to 30 on the night. J. Lamoureux had nine shots on goal for the night. The Beavers were led by E. Wheelhouse with five shots. M. Wheelhouse added four shots on goal as did Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.)
Ney picks up the win in net for North Dakota with 26 saves. Tomcikova suffers the loss with four goals allowed and 32 saves.
The Beavers will look to even the series Saturday night as they host the Fighting Sioux at Sanford Center. The Beavers are 6-1-0 in game two of all of their series this year. The only loss came at Ohio State University Oct. 8. All three of BSU’s wins over ranked foes have come in game two, with victories over No. 2 University of Minnesota, No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth and No. 10 Providence College.