|November 23, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||01:29||BSU||Kaitlyn Tougas (Sadie Lundquist )|
|1||12:16||BSU||Natasha Kostenko (Emily Erickson , Sadie Lundquist)|
|2||07:13||BSU||Ivana Bilic (Kaitlyn Tougas , Sadie Lundquist)|
|2||13:55||MSU||Lauren Zrust (Lauren Smith )|
|3||05:30||MSU||Melissa Klippenstein (Danielle Scholzen , Shelby Moteyunas)|
|3||11:50||BSU||Sadie Lundquist (Emily Erickson , Natasha Kostenko)|
|Shots on Goal||34||29|
MANKATO, Minn. (All Seasons Arena) – It wasn’t easy, but the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team ended a seven-game, 35-day winless streak with a 4-3 road victory over Minnesota State University, Mankato on Friday evening. The Beavers let a 3-0 lead slip away, but senior captain Sadie Lundquist (F, Cloquet, Minn.) pushed BSU to its first win since Oct. 19 with her fourth point of the night.
The triumph was Bemidji State’s first-ever in a game the day following Thanksgiving in the United States. BSU was 0-5-2 in such contests entering the night. Lundquist’s four points were the most by a Beaver in a single game all season. No other player had more than two, previously. The team had not scored more than three goals in any of its 12 games coming into Friday.
Just as it did last Sunday in a 7-3 home loss against the University of North Dakota, BSU got on the board first.
Kaitlyn Tougas (Fr., F, Thunder Bay, Ont.) opened the scoring after a nice individual effort by Lundquist to get her the puck in the slot. From there, the freshman forward to snuck a shot under the leg of Maverick goaltender Danielle Butters to put the Beavers in front 1:29 into regulation.
The 1-0 score held for over 11 minutes until Natasha Kostenko (So., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) doubled Bemidji State’s lead with a power-play goal, banging home a back-door feed from Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.).
In the second period, the Beavers cushioned their lead again when Ivana Bilic (Fr., D, Coquitlam, B.C.) netted her first career goal at the 7:13 mark. Trailing the play, Bilic collected a drop pass from Tougas and rifled a shot that beat Butters and went in off the post. Tougas also set up fellow freshman Hanna Moher’s (F, Milton, Ontario) first collegiate goal two weeks ago against the University of Maine.
In similar fashion to when it coughed up a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 loss to Maine two weeks ago, Bemidji State let MSU back in the game.
Lauren Zrust made it a 3-1 game by getting MSU on the board before the end of the period, giving Maverick teammates Melissa Klippenstein and Lauren Smith a chance to tie the score with goals at 5:30 and 10:35 of the third period, respectively.
Unlike in their stunning loss to the Black Bears 14 days ago, the Beavers were able to bounce back.
Naturally, Lundquist, who earned helpers on Bemidji State’s first three goals, played hero on a power play that began at the 11:38 mark when Giulianna Pallotta tripped Kostenko. Just 12 seconds into the ensuing man advantage, Erickson found Lundquist, who deposited the go-ahead score. Kostenko was credited with the secondary assist, her first helper of the season, on the play.
Senior goaltender Jessica Havel (Grand Rapids, Minn.) stood tall in the cage all night, making 26 saves—nine in the third period—to secure her first career WCHA win. She is now 2-3-1 on the season.
Lundquist and Erickson are now tied for second on the Beavers in scoring with nine points apiece, sitting behind MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario), who has 10. Thurston was held off the scoresheet for the first time in five games Friday. Behind that trio of seniors in scoring is Tougas, who now has eight points in her freshman campaign.
With the victory, Bemidji State moved ahead of St. Cloud State University for seventh place in the WCHA standings and took a 23-22-10 edge in the all-time series with Minnesota State, including a 13-12-3 mark at All Seasons Arena. The two teams meet again tomorrow afternoon at 3:07. The Beavers will look for their first series sweep of the season and their first-ever sweep in a Thanksgiving weekend series.
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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).