Bemidji State falls 4-1 in series finale in Roseau, Minn.
Sunday, December 4, 2005
Dec. 4, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

ROSEAU, Minn. - Bemidji State (3-11-2, 2-10-0 WCHA) gave No. 4 Wisconsin (14-2-0, 11-1-0 WCHA) a battle on Sunday afternoon at the Rams Sports Center but came up short as they lost 4-1. Wisconsin used good goaltending and timely goals to sweep the Beavers up in
Roseau, Minn.

In the first period of play Wisconsin out-shot Bemidji State 17-to-7 in the period but only managed to score two goals while Bemidji State scored one goal. Wisconsin’s Angie Keseley recorded her seventh goal of the season for the Badgers at the 13:16 mark of the first period. Bemidji State would answer back just over a minute later when Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) netted her fifth goal of the season evening the score at 1-1. Assisting on Eckebrecht’s goal was Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden). Nikki Burish put the Badgers back on top at 16:18 mark of the first period when she scored from Cyndy Kenyon and Grace Hutchins. At the end of one period of play the Badgers led over the Beavers was 2-1.

Sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) recorded 15 saves in the first period while Wisconsin’s Jessie Vetter recorded just six saves in the period.

The second period was a action packed period but neither team was able to score. Bemidji State picked up the offense as the Beavers out-shot the Badgers 14-to-7 in the second period. In the period both teams each had two power-play opportunities but were unable to capitalize. Bemidji State goaltender stopped all seven shots she faced in the period including a break away opportunity for Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer. Wisconsin’s netminder Jessie Vetter stopped 14 shots in the period to bring her total to 20 in the game.

The badgers started the third period on the power-play and just thirty-eight seconds into the period Sharon Cole put the Badgers up 3-1 with her tenth goal of the season. Just a minute and thirty-three seconds later Erika Lawler scored to give the Badgers a commanding lead of 4-1. Bemidji State was able to get six shots on goal but was unable to get the puck past the Wisconsin goaltender. Bemidji State was on the man advantage twice late in the third but was unable to capitalize.

Sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw dropped her sixth game on the year falling to 1-6-1 on the season. Brookshaw recorded thirty saves in the loss for the Beavers.

Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter stopped 26-of-27 shots that she faced. Vetter improves to 1-0-0 on the season.

Bemidji State went 0-for-4 on the power-play while Wisconsin was 1-for-4.

Bemidji State will next be in action as the Beavers will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to take on the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota on December 10-11. Both games for the series are slated to start at 2:07 p.m. at the Ralph Englested Arena.

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