Minnesota shuts out Bemidji State in conference opener
Friday, October 14, 2005
Oct. 14, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI, Minn. (John Glas Fieldhouse) - The Bemidji State women’s hockey team was defeated 2-0, suffering their first loss of the season to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse. With the loss the Beavers fell to 1-1-1, 0-1-0 WCHA on the season and are now 0-24-3 versus the Gophers.

The Beavers where unable to gernerate much offense getting out-shot 42-11, going 0-10 on power play opportunities.

After one period of play the score remaind deadlocked at 0-0, although Minnesota dominated the period out-shooting Bemidji State 18-4.

Bemidji State got into penalty trouble in the second period as the Beavers recorded six of the eight penalties that were called. Minnesota capitalized at the 7:53 mark of the second period when sophomore Erica McKenzie scored her second goal of the season to put the Gophers up 1-0. The score after two periods of play was 1-0, with Minnesota once again dominating the period out-shooting the Beavers 15-4.

The Gophers continued to capitalize on BSU penalties in the third period as junior Andrea Nichols scored a power-play goal at the 10:02 mark to add some insurance to the Minnesota win. Assisting on the goal was sophomore Erica McKenzie and freshman Anya Miller.

“I thought our girls did a really nice job of killing the penalties. The two power-play goals they did get they really had to work for” said head coach Bruce Olson. “The problem was that we gave them to many opportunities and Minnesota’s not a team that we can do that against.”

Sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw had an excellent game stopping 40 of the 42 shots she faced.
“Brookshaw was very good in the net for us today, she’s really good with her pads”, said Olson. “People might think that they have an opening but she moves so quick and covers everything up so well and she’s making lots of saves because of that.”

Olson believes that for BSU to compete with Minnesota on Saturday his girls need to play a more disciplined game.

“Our girls need to show up to skate tomorrow” said coach Olson. “You can’t play this game if you can’t skate and you can’t play this game in the penalty box.”

Bemidji State will wrap up their two-game series with the Golden Gophers on Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m.