Bemidji State picks up first conference victory of season
Saturday, November 5, 2005
Nov. 5, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (2-5-1, 1-5-0) picked up its first conference win as it beat No. 10 Minnesota State (5-3-1, 4-2-1) by a score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse. This is just the second time in school history that the Bemidji State women’s ice hockey team has beaten a nationally ranked opponent.

At the end of one period of play the score was dead locked at 0-0. Bemidji State out shot the Mavericks by a total of 14-to-8 in the first period but was unable to get the puck past Maverick goaltender Laura Brennan. Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) had a solid period of play stopping all eight shots that she faced.

Bemidji State was able to hold Minnesota State without a shot on goal for the first nine minutes and eighteen seconds of the first period.

In the second period Minnesota State came out and peppered BSU goaltender Jill Luebke. Minnesota State out shot Bemidji State 15-to-6 in the second period. Minnesota State was able to capitalize on a power-play goal at the 5:41 mark of the second period. The Mavericks Noelle Needham netted her first goal of the season for the Mavericks.

Just like Minnesota State had trouble in the first period picking up a shot on goal Bemidji State had the same trouble in the second period. Bemidji State was held with out a shot on goal for the first eleven minutes and twenty-three seconds of the second period.

At the end of two periods of play the Mavericks would lead the Beavers 1-0.

In the third period Bemidji State was able to capitalize on Maverick penalties to help them earn the victory over Minnesota State. At the 14:41 mark of the third period Bemidji State’s Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) scored a power-play goal to notch the score at 1-1. This was Hiscock’s first goal and point of the season. Assisting on the goal was Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.), and Allison Johanson (Flagstaff, Ariz.).

“It was good to finally get on the board to break our scoring jinx,” said head coach Bruce Olson. “We made good decisions on the power-play to give us nice scoring opportunities.”

A minute later the Beavers would take the lead as sophomore defensemen Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.) would net her first goal of the season, another power-play goal to give the Beavers the 2-1 lead. Assisting on the goal was Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba).

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke was solid in net for the Beavers as she picked up her second victory of the season and the 10th victory of her career. She recorded 28 saves on the afternoon to lift the Beavers to victory.

“Jill did a good job of not allowing any second chance shots,” said Olson. “Our defensemen did a good job of clearing any rebounds Jill might have given up.”

“Our girls played a good solid hockey game today,” said Olson. “They played with a lot of determination and toughness.”

Bemidji State will next be in action on November 11-12 as they will take on Mercyhurst College at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The game on November 11th is slated to start at 7:07 p.m. and on November 12th the puck will drop at 2:07 p.m.