BEMIDJI, Minn. - Jenna McParland’s second-period goal was enough to send No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth past the Bemidji State University women’s hockey 1-0 team at Sanford Center in Bemidji. Jennifer Harss notched a shutout as the Beavers were unable to find the net on 25 shots on net. The shutout is only the third of the year against the Beavers. Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) did her part to keep BSU in the game making 24 saves while only allowing one goal on the game.
Minnesota Duluth outshot the Beavers 26-25 on the game due to an outburst in the second period that saw the Bulldogs outshoot BSU 13-6 in the frame. The Beavers controlled early play in the game dominating the Bulldogs 10-4 in shots. The third period was even with both teams attempting nine shots on net. Bemidji State was paced by six shots on goal from Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) and five shots on net from Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.). UMD was paced by four shots apiece from Pernilla Winberg and McParland.
After scoreless hockey in the first 24 minutes of the game, McParland struck at the 4:19 mark of the second period as Audrey Cournoyer found her in the kill zone for the goal. The netter was McParland’s 19th of the season. Cournoyer picked up her 23rd assist of the year while Haley Irwin notched her 33rd assist of the year on the goal. The netter was enough to send UMD to the win.
The Beavers had a power play at the end of the game giving them a 6-on-4 skater advantage after pulling Tomcikova from the net. Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) had a chance to equalize the slate late in the game but put the shot just wide of the net.
BSU was 0-for-3 on the power play making them 0-for-23 on the power play in the last four games. Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) was the last Beaver to find the net on the man advantage as she scored Jan. 27 against No. 1 Wisconsin in what would turn into a 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of the nation’s top team.
The Beavers’ defensive unit tried to do its part as BSU notched 23 blocks on the night led by Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) with four blocks.
Jennifer Harss became only the third goalie to hold BSU to a blank sheet along with Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby (Jan. 28) and Providence’s Genevieve Lacasse (Sept. 30). Harss notched 25 saves on the night.
The Beavers will look to bounce back against the Bulldogs in their final home contest of the season tomorrow at 2:07 p.m. the Sanford Center. The game will be the final at home for BSU’s six seniors; Kimberly Lieder (D, Eagan, Minn.), Alana McElhinney (G, Calgary, Alberta), Tomcikova, Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.), M. Wheelhouse and L. Williams. The senior class has the most win of any four-year class at BSU with 46. Several of the seniors already hold spots in the top 10 in career categories at BSU. Senior day ceremonies will occur following Saturday’s game.