BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Two third period goals from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Lauren Barnes and Lauren Zrust lifted the Mavericks over No. 8/10 Bemidji State University 2-1 Friday night at Sanford Center. The Beavers fall to Minnesota State for the second time this season as Minnesota State downed BSU 2-1 in overtime Nov. 4 after the Beavers had just broke into the rankings for the first time in program history following a victory over No. 2 University of Minnesota. Bemidji State falls to 12-8-2 (6-8-1 WCHA). The Mavericks improve to 7-14-0 (3-12-0 WCHA).
The Beavers took the early lead after a first period goal from freshman Kristin Huber (F, Kelowna, British Columbia) and held the lead until a 20 second outburst from the Mavericks seeled the fate of the game. A shot from the point from Jackie Otto founds it way to the backside of the goal where Barnes tapped it in to tie the game at the 8:10 mark. Seconds later Zrust quickly scored when she went five hole on Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) changing the momentum of the game and giving Minnesota State the 2-1 advantage with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
Huber’s goal came at the 17:44 mark in the first period after Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) skated up the ice and found Huber who poked it past Maverick goaltender Alli Altmann. Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) was also credited with an assist as she originally played it up the ice to Wivoda from behind the net in the Bemidji State zone. The goal was Huber’s third of the season as the freshman has really come on as of late scoring two goals and tallying an assist in the last two weekends. The assists were the third of the year for both Lieder and Wivoda.
Tomcikova notched 33 saves on the night while giving up the two vital goals to the Mavericks. The 33 saves for Tomcikova puts her nine away from the career mark at Bemidji State of 3,075 saves currently held by Emily Brookshaw (2004-08). Tomcikova also needs only 25 minutes played to break another Brookshaw mark of 6,075:02 career minutes.
Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) led BSU with six shots on goal. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) added five shots on goal. The Mavericks were paced by seven shots on goal from Lauren Smith. Barnes chipped in five shots on goal.
Both teams were unable to find the goal on the power play with each team going 0-for-3 on the night. The Beavers were able to kill of a 5-on-3 advantage for the Mavericks late in the second period after Lieder and Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.) were called for back-to-back penalties. BSU’s penalty kill unit has been strong the last two weekends giving up only one goal on 14 attempts and that was last weekend against Robert Morris University.
With Friday’s loss, the Beavers continue to struggle in the first game of a series as they are now 3-6-2 to kick off a weekend. BSU has done a good job of avenging first-game losses as they are 8-2-0 in the second game of the series.
With the Minnesota State win, the Mavericks take an advantage 22-21-10 in the overall series between the two opponents. The two teams will face-off again at the Sanford Center at 7:07 p.m.