No. 7 Mercyhurst downs Bemidji State 4-2
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Nov. 12, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI, Minn. -Bemidji State (2-6-2, 1-5-0) lost a hard fought battle to No. 7 Mercyhurst (6-5-1, 2-0-0) at the John Glas Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Bemidji State found themselves playing from behind for the whole game and were unable to sustain a comeback as they would lose 4-2 in the series finale.

Mercyhurst got on the board just three minutes into the first period when Michelle Bonello scored her second goal of the season for the Lakers. The Beavers would not play behind for long as they would capitalize on the power-play. Junior Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) netted her second goal of the season to tie the score up at one a piece. Assisting on the Tageson goal was Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba). Late in the first period Mercyhurst would regain the lead when Stephanie Jones netted her third goal of the season to put the Lakers up 2-1 at the end of one period of play.

Just as they did in the first period the Lakers would score a early goal in the period. Jill Nugent scored just one-minute and sixteen seconds in to the second period to go ahead of the Beavers by a score of 3-1. Bemidji State would once again take advantage of its power-play opportunities when freshman Allison Johanson (Flagstaff, Ariz.) would record her first goal as a Beaver at the 10:02 mark of the second period. Johanson’s goal brought the Beavers back with in a one goal deficit. Assisting on the goal was Nina Ziegenhals (Sandt Augustin, Germany). At the end of two periods of play the Beavers still trailed the Lakers 3-2.

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) recorded twelve saves in the second period for the Beavers. At the end of two periods of play Luebke had twenty-two saves.

In the third period the Lakers sealed the victory as Valerie Chouinard scored at the 7:06 mark of the third period. Chouinard’s goal put the lakers up 4-2 and the Beavers were unable to mount a comeback. Chouinard ended the game with three points for the Lakers with a goal and two assists.

The Lakers out shot the Beavers in every period and ended the game with a 36-to-24 advantage in the shot department. Mercyhurst goaltender Laura Hosier recorded her sixth win of the season stopping 22 of the 24 shots that she faced.

Bemidji State looked good on the power-play Saturday afternoon going 2-for-6 on the day. Mercyhurst ended the game 0-for-5 on the power play.

Beaver netminder Jill Luebke had her second thirty plus save performance of the weekend as she recorded 32 saves in the loss. Luebke recorded 67 saves in the two games against the Lakers this weekend. With the loss Luebke is now 2-3-1 on the season.

Bemidji State will be on the road next week as they will travel to Duluth, Minn. to take on the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs at the DECC. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. on Friday November 18th, and on Saturday November 19th, the two teams will square off in the series finale at 2:07 p.m.

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