Bemidji State and Wayne State Skate to tie in season opener
Friday, October 7, 2005
Oct. 7, 2005
BEMIDJI, Minn. - BSU skated to a one all tie as they hosted Wayne State (Mich.) in their season opener. “It was a pretty typical first game I thought. Our girls had a lot of jitters and a lot of mishandling of the puck for both our defensemen and our forwards and that’s something you don’t see in practice” said coach Bruce Olson. “I thought we had a couple of chances to score early in the game but we didn’t finish.”

Bemidji State sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw turned in a superb performance tonight, stopping 32 of 33 shots she faced. “Emily Brookshaw was really good in the net for us tonight. She made some big key saves”, said Olson.

The Beavers lost a key ingredient early in the first period when sophomore forward Tara Hiscock received a game misconduct for checking from behind. This ejection forced coach Olson to make some adjustments with some of his lines.

Late in the first period Wayne State was able to get one by Brookshaw. Jessica Haydahl scored from Jessica Snelgrove with seven seconds left in the first period to give Wayne State the lead.

BSU out shot Wayne State ten to eight in the second period but was unable to sneak anything past Wayne State’s goaltender Valery Turcotte. Turcotte stopped 35 of the 36 shots that she faced on the night.

Bemidji State’s freshman Jessica Kissick scored her first collegiate goal early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Assisting on the goal was freshman Allison Johanson and sophomore Jessica Pullar. That was all the scoring that either team would be able to muster for the final minutes of the third period and overtime.

“I thought our freshman did a real nice job and that’s a positive sign”, said coach Olson. “Hopefully we’ll have a better game tomorrow since we’ve played one game and hopefully got all the jitters out of our system.”

The Beavers will play host to the Warriors in the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon. The puck will drop at 1:07 p.m. at the John Glas Fieldhouse