North Dakota Completes Sweep of Bemidji State With 4-2 Victory
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Jan. 18, 2004
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Behind Liz Funk’s two power-play goals, the University of North Dakota earned its first two-game series sweep of the Bemidji State women's hockey team with a 4-2 victory this afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Beavers now own a 2-5-1 record in non-conference competition this season.

Despite being outshot 12-10 by BSU in the first period, the Fighting Sioux notched the only scoring of the opening stanza at 9:26, as Stasia Bakhit tallied her 14th goal of the season to put UND ahead 1-0.
BSU knotted the contest at 1-1 early in the second period when frosh Nikki Eckebrecht netted her fourth goal of the year off helpers from Kelly Hart and Ashley Medori at 2:54. Hart’s assist moves her season point total to 14 (6-8), good for the top spot on the Beavers scoring list.

The score would remain 1-1 until late in the second session, when the two teams exchanged power-play goals. Liz Funk put the Fighting Sioux ahead 2-1 when she beat Beaver netminder Anik Côté with a rebound score at the 18:48 mark. BSU assistant captain Jenny Schnickel provided the equalizer just 56 seconds later with her third marker of the 2003-04 campaign. Sophomore Carly Napier and Kate Robinson each were credited with assists on the goal.

North Dakota notched what proved to be the gamewinner at 5:27 of the final stanza, as Liz Funk recorded her 10th goal of the season and second power-play tally of the game. UND added an empty-net score with less than a mintue left in regulation to secure a 4-2 win.

The Fighting Sioux connected on two of four power-play chances, compared to the Beavers one goal on three opportunities.

Anik Côté finished with 23 saves between the pipes for BSU, while Margaret Ann-Hinkley stopped 27 shots for UND.

The loss drops the Beavers to 4-17-1 on the season and 2-3-1 all-time against North Dakota. UND improves to 8-13-2 on the year. BSU will resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a two-game series against Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday night and 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Scoring Summary
First Period: UND, Stasia Bakhit (14) ES (Sarah Connelly), 9:26
Second Period: BSU, Nikki Eckebrecht (4) ES (Kelly Hart, Ashley Medori), 2:54
Second Period: UND, Liz Funk (10) PP (Sherrie White, Stasia Bakhit), 18:48
Second Period: BSU, Jenny Schnickel (3) PP (Carly Napier, Kate Robinson), 19:42
Third Period: UND, Liz Funk (10) PP (Sherrie White), 5:27
Third Period: UND, Stasia Bakhit (15) ES (Liz Funk, Abbey Strong), 19:45
BSU - Anik Côté 9-9-5-23
UND - Margaret Ann-Hinkley 12-5-10-27