|January 05, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||07:05||BSU||Allie Duellman (MacKenzie Thurston , Natasha Kostenko)|
|2||13:33||BSU||Emily Erickson (Kristin Huber )|
|Shots on Goal||31||21|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (National Hockey Center) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team posted its first win of 2013 and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-0 over St. Cloud State University at the National Hockey Center Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Beavers’ 2012-13 record to 4-14-2 with a 3-12-1-0 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
BSU goaltender Jessica Havel (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) registered her first career shutout with 20 saves, guiding the Beavers to their first Saturday win of the season—Bemidji State was previously 0-6-1 on Saturdays—and helping her team salvage a weekend series split.
Following a hard-fought 4-2 loss to the Huskies Friday, Bemidji State came out strong in the first and held a 9-8 shot advantage after 20 minutes, but neither team could find the back of the net. In four 2012-13 meetings, BSU and St. Cloud State combined for one first-period goal, scored by the Huskies in the first game Oct. 12.
The Beavers finally broke through in the middle stanza in the middle frame and made sure to make the lead stand.
At the 7:05 mark, Allie Duellman (Jr., D, Maplewood, Minn.) took a MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) feed and launched a shot from the point that went in off SCSU netminder Katie Fitzgerald and in to pot her first goal since Nov. 26, 2010. Natasha Kostenko (So., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) picked up the second assist on the tally, which was BSU’s first in the opening two periods against SCSU this season.
Just more than six minutes later, Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) snapped a seven-game goalless drought with 6:27 left in the second, completing a three-on-one odd-man rush to cushion the Beaver lead. Kristin Huber (So., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) earned a helper on the play that gave BSU its fourth two-goal lead of the season—the first of which the Beavers ended up holding through the end of the game.
Kostenko now has four points in her last five games and Huber has gotten on the scoresheet in three of four games. With second-period assists, Thurston and Erickson now share the team scoring lead with Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) with 11 points apiece on the year.
Entering the final frame with a 2-0 lead, Havel, with help from a strong Bemidji State defensive effort, shut the door on St. Cloud State, turning aside all 10 Husky offerings in the last 20 minutes.
The two-goal victory was the Beavers’ first win of 2012-13 that came by more than one goal and brought the team’s road record to 4-5-1.
Bemidji State returns home for a duel with Minnesota State, where it will seek its first win at the Sanford Center after an 0-9-1 start to the season next weekend. The Beavers then finish the month of January with a road series against the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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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).