No. 3 Minnesota Drops Bemidji State 7-0
Saturday, February 1, 2003

BEMIDJI, Minn. - When the No. 3 team in the nation comes to town touting the third most potent scoring offense in the nation, you can expect the scoreboard to light up. BSU was faced with the challenge of trying to stop that offense today as the University of Minnesota (18-3-1/ 11-2-1 WCHA) visited the John Glas for the first of a two-game series. The Beavers held Minnesota to just one goal on nine shots in the first period, but the Gophers used a five-goal second period to gain their 19th victory of the season, 7-0 over the Bemidji State.

Winny Brodt got the Gophers on the board just four minutes into the first period as she scored on a pass form Melissa Coulombe. But the Beavers would challenge passes, skate to loose pucks and tie the Minnesota offense up for the balance of the period. But when the Golden Gophers took the ice in the second period, is was business as usual as they collected five goals while out-shooting the Beavers 18-5 and controlling the puck in the BSU zone for the majority of the stanza.

Kristy Oonincx got the Gophers on the board before the second minute of play in the period had expired. Natalie Darwitz scored her 21st goal of the season at the 10:35 mark when she beat BSU goaltender Anik Coté off passes from seniors Ronda Curtin and Winny Brodt. Noelle Sutton scored goals on back-to back shifts, beating Coté at the 12:08 mark and again at the 15:09 mark. Her second goal would end the afternoon for Coté after 35:29 of play and 20 saves.

The Gophers would add one more before the end of the second when freshman Kelly Stephens found the back of the net for her 15th goal of the season. The goal gave the Golden Gophers a 6-0 lead after two periods of play.

The Beavers held Minnesota scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the third period but the Gopher’s Darwitz would record her 22nd goal of the season when the Gopher goaltender deflected a BSU shot to Ronda Curtin who found a streaking Darwitz. The freshman skated up the ice splitting the Bemidji State defenders and sliding the puck just past Bre Dedrickson to bring the score to 7-0 and give Horak her first assist of the season.

Horak made 14 saves in net for the Gophers as she recorded her fifth shutout of the season and her third in WCHA competition.

After the game BSU head coach Bruce Olson commented, “I was pleased with the pace of the first period. In the second period they beat us to loose pucks and we didn’t tie them up. They got the puck in our end and we panicked. You just can’t do that against a team with such speed, strength, and skill.”

The loss drops BSU’s overall record to 7-10-6 and 5-7-5 in WCHA competition. The Beavers will end their current homestand tomorrow (Feb. 1) at 1:05 p.m. when the same teams will hit the ice in the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Scoring Goal Assist
1st 04:17 UM EV Winny Brodt (9) Melissa Coulombe (9)
2nd 02:52 UM EV Kristy Oonincx (14) Ashley Albrecht (3), Winny Brodt (15)
2nd 10:35 UM PP Natalie Darwitz (21) Winny Brodt (16), Ronda Curtin (17)
2nd 12:08 UM EV Noelle Sutton (5) Melissa Coulombe (10)
2nd 15:09 UM EV Noelle Sutton (6) Kelsey Bills (2), Melissa Coulombe (11)
2nd 15:29 UM EV Kelly Stephens (15) Natalie Darwitz (26), Jerilyn Glenn (2)
3rd 15:47 UM EV Natalie Darwitz (22) Ronda Curtin (18), Jody Horak (1)

UM Jody Horak (60:00) - 14 W-(16-2-0) BSU Anik Coté (35:29) - 20 L-(5-8-2)
Bre Dedrickson (24:31) - 14