|October 19, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|3||04:54||BSU||Kristin Huber (Megan Lushanko )|
|Shots on Goal||23||27|
MADISON, Wis. - In the first game ever played at the University of Wisconsin’s brand-new LaBahn Arena, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team pulled off a stunning upset, shutting out the ninth-ranked Badgers, 1-0, on Friday night. The Beavers beat UW for the fourth time in 53 all-time meetings and snapped an eight-game losing skid against Wisconsin that dated back to Feb. 7, 2010.
Kristin Huber (So., F, Kelowna, B.C.) scored the game's only goal 4:54 into the third period and Abby Ryplanski (So., G, Winnipeg, Man.) came up huge with a 27-save shutout.
The game, in which BSU halted a three-game losing streak overall and recorded its first WCHA win of the season, was played in front of a capacity crowd 2,273. Bemidji State is now 2-3-0 overall and is 1-2-0-0 in conference play, while the Badgers dropped to 3-3-1 with a 1-3-1-1 ledger in league action. UW, who has now been shut out in three consecutive contests, lost only three WCHA games in regulation in the whole 2011-12 season.
Similar to its 1-0 loss to St. Cloud State University six days prior, the Beavers played even with their opponent through the first 40 minutes of play. Wisconsin, the only school BSU was unable to defeat on its 2011-12 schedule, held a slim 19-17 shot advantage after two periods, but Ryplanski and Wisconsin netminder Alex Rigsby kept the game scoreless heading into the final stanza.
In the third period, the first goal in the history of LaBahn Arena would prove to be enough for a BSU victory.
Early in the frame, two Badger players collided lost control of the puck deep in their defensive zone. With Rigsby out of the net, Huber pounced on an opportunity stemming from a Megan Lushanko (Fr., F, Chisago City, Minn.) feed to give BSU the lead.
Huber, who played in her first two games of the season last week against SCSU, potted her first goal in 12 games played dating back to a marker on Jan. 21 against Minnesota State University, Mankato. With the goal, the Beavers opened the scoring in a game for the first time in its 2012-13 campaign.
Ryplanski took control from there, stopping all eight UW shots she faced in the third period to earn her second career shutout and first as a Beaver. The sophomore goaltender also recorded a shutout against Colgate on Nov. 5, 2011 when she was playing for the now-defunct Niagara University program.
Having fallen to St. Cloud 1-0 in its last game, Bemidji State has now played in back-to-back 1-0 games for the first time since losing to then-No. 6 Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2007 and dropping falling to St. Cloud by the same score seven days later.
On Sunday, Bemidji State and Wisconsin will faceoff again at 2:07 p.m. to complete the weekend series. The Beavers will then travel to No. 6/7 Ohio State next weekend in their second-longest road trip of the season. Following the pair of meetings against the Buckeyes, BSU will only leave the state of Minnesota one more time in the 2012-13 regular season when it treks to the University of North Dakota on Feb. 8 and 9.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).