Beavers skate to a 2-2 tie with No. 7 Mercyhurst
Friday, November 11, 2005
Nov. 11, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State (2-5-2, 1-5-0 WCHA) and Mercyhurst (5-5-1, 2-0-0 CHA) skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Bemidji State lead the Lakers 2-1 with just two minutes left in the game but were only able to salvage a tie on the evening.

Both teams come out solid in first few minutes of play in the first period, creating timely scoring opportunities. Mercyhurst would break the 0-0 tie at the 11:51 mark of the first period when sophomore Kristen Erickson netted her second goal of the season for the Lakers. Mercyhurst out shot Bemidji State 10-to-5 in the first period. At the end of the first period the score was 1-0 in favor of the Lakers.

Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) recorded nine saves in the first period while Mercyhurst goaltender Laura Hosier recorded just five.

Bemidji State started the second period on the power-play but was unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) scored a short-handed goal at the 12:07 mark of the second period. This was Robinson’s second goal of the season and the first short-handed goal of her career. Goaltender Jill Luebke was solid in the net for the Beavers in the second period as she stopped all eleven shots she faced in the period. The score at the end of two periods of play was dead locked at 1-1.

Robinson’s short-handed goal was the first short-handed goal for the Beavers since February 20, 2004 at Minnesota State. Junior Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) recorded the last short-handed goal for the Beavers.

Mercyhurst came out in the third period firing on all cylinders peppering Bemidji goaltender Jill Luebke. Luebke stayed strong between the pipes for the Beavers shutting down the Lakers scoring chances. Bemidji State was unable to create much offense in the first ten minutes of the third period as they only had two shots on goal at the ten minute mark. Mid way through the third period Mercyhurst was out shooting Bemidji State 32-to-12.

Junior Nikki Eckebrecht would record her second goal of the season to put Bemidji State up 2-1 with two-minutes remaining in the third period. Assisting on the goal was Junior Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario). The Beavers would not keep the lead for long as Mercyhurst would answer to tie the game back up at the 19:31 mark. With the extra attacker on for the Lakers Valerie Chouinard was able to beat Beaver goaltender Jill Luebke to record her seventh goal of the season. Assisting on the goal was Natalie Payne and Daniell Ayearst.

“I told our players to crash the net tonight,” said head coach Bruce Olson. “Both out goals came because of our players crashing the net and not giving up on the play.”

At the end of regulation the score remained tied at 2-2.

In overtime Mercyhurst out shot Bemidji State 3-to-2 but neither team was able to score a game winning goal.

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke recorded 35 saves on the evening. Luebke is 2-2-1 on the season for the Beavers. Laker goaltender Laura Hosier ended the evening with 18 saves.

“I thought that Jill Luebke was brilliant in net for us tonight,” said coach Olson.

“Our defense played the best game of the year for use,” said Olson. “I thought all the defensemen played outstanding for us, they played smart hockey tonight.”

The Lakers and the Beavers will play the series finale tomorrow afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck is slated to drop at 2:07 p.m.