Wisconsin Escapes With 2-1 Win Over Bemidji State
Sunday, March 7, 2004
Mar. 7, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - Despite a 34-save performance from senior goaltender Anik Côté, Wisconsin notched two third period goals to defeat the Bemidji State women’s hockey team 2-1 this afternoon in its final game of the season at the Kohl Center. The fifth-ranked Badgers are now 21-1-1 all-time against the Beavers.

Frosh Kelly Hart got the Beavers on the board first, tallying her 10th marker of the season, an unassisted goal, at 3:04 of the opening period. The goal gave Hart her team-leading 20th point of the season.

The Beavers would not score again, but Côté stood strong between the pipes for BSU, making 23 saves in the first two periods of play and holding the Badgers scoreless until early in the third period.

In the final stanza, the home team took control of the contest, outshooting BSU 13-4 and scoring a pair of goals in less than two minutes. Meghan Hunter knotted the score at 1-1 at the 5:05 mark with her 11th lamplighter of the year and Meaghan Mikkelson provided the game-winner at 6:46 of the third period.

Bemidji State pulled Côté with 57 seconds remaining in regulation in an attempt to tie the contest, but the Badgers held on for their seventh consecutive win over the Beavers.

Wisconsin outshot 36-16 for the game and earned a 85-30 shot advantage on the weekend.

The Beavers finished zero-for-two on the power-play, while the Badgers went zero-for-one.

Côté ended the season with a 2-14-1 record and 12-37-7 career mark.

Bemidji State concluded the season with an overall record of 5-27-2 and a 3-20-1 mark in Western Collegiate Hockey Association competition. The Beavers finished seventh in the WCHA standings with seven points, marking the first time since the inception of the WCHA in 1999-00, in which BSU has not qualified for the Final Five. UW improves to 24-5-3 on the season and 18-5-1 in the WCHA.

Notes: Today was the final game for Bemidji State seniors Guylaine Haché and Anik Côté... Haché recorded two goals and four assists this season and ended her career with 32 goals and 28 assists, good for 60 points... Côté will leave BSU as its number one goaltender in save percentage (.893) and goals against average (3.50)...

Scoring Summary
First Period: BSU, Kelly Hart (10) ES (unassisted), 3:04
Third Period: UW, Meghan Hunter (11) ES (Molly Engstrom, Jackie Friesen), 5:05
Third Period: UW, Meaghan Mikkelson (7) ES (Carla MacLeod, Molly Engstrom), 6:46

BSU - Anik Côté 8-5-11-34
UW - Christine Dufour 5-6-4-15