Luebke holds off late Wayne State surge in 2-1 victory
Saturday, October 8, 2005
October 8, 2005

BEMIDJI, Minn. (John Glas Fieldhouse) - [stats] The Bemidji State women’s ice hockey team posted their first victory of the season against the Wayne State University (WSU) Warriors on Saturday afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse as senior Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) collected 35 saves while allowing just one goal in her first start of the year.

Bemidji State (1-0-1) picked up the first goal of the game on a power play at the 19:21 mark in the first period. Sophomore Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) netted the her first goal of the season, third of her career, from freshmen Lisa Kissick (Carman, Manitoba) and Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba).

Head Coach Bruce Olson felt that the freshmen had a big impact on the Beavers' 1-0-1 weekend.

“Without a doubt Brooke Collins was our best defenseman and I was extremely happy with her play back on the blue line,” said Olson. “Lisa Kissick also had a very strong weekend. She has a good nose for the net and knows what to do with the puck. She picked up a goal and an assist this weekend and had a couple more opportunities and found herself in the right place at the right time.”

After a scoreless second period, Bemidji State took a 2-0 lead on a junior Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) goal at the 2:40 mark from junior Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario). Eckebrecht’s top shelf goal from the right side of the net was her first of the season and her 16th career goal at BSU.

Despite being out-shot 36-22 by Wayne State (0-1-1), the Beavers were able to hold off a late Warriors surge in the third period. After falling behind 0-2, the Warriors Lindsay DiPietro scored a power-play goal at the 11:12 mark in the third period. DiPietro, who was fresh out of the penalty box herself, took advantage of a roughing penalty on sophomore Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.), on a pass from Melissa Boal and Peyton Patterson.

After calling a time-out, Wayne State pulled Wayne State pulled Valery Turcotte from the net to play six on five for the remainder of the game with 1:25 left to play in the final period .

“We knew they were going to come after us with everything they had,” said Olson. “I wanted our girls to play smart hockey at that point and they did. They didn’t make bad passes and they trapped the puck on the boards if there weren’t any open lanes.”

With the win Luebke (1-0-0) picked up the ninth career victory at BSU.

“I knew it was my last time playing Wayne State and it was good to get out there and get my first start of the year,” said Luebke. “My defense did a good job of moving people out of the way so I could see every shot and it helped that I felt really good out there today. I went out there feeling mentally prepared knowing it was going to be the same game that we saw yesterday from Wayne State.”

BSU will now shift gears as they prepare to take on the NCAA defending national champions in the University of Minnesota.

“Our girls know that they are going to have to be at their best against Minnesota,” said Olson. “We’re going to try to whip our girls into shape this next week because they know they’re going skate a lot and handle the puck well against the Gophers.”

Bemidji State will host the Gophers on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14-15) at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Both games are part of a men’s and women’s hockey double-header and are scheduled to begin at 2:07 p.m.