Bemidji State earns a series split in North Dakota
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Dec. 11, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Bemidji State (4-12-2, 3-11-0 WCHA) dominated North Dakota (3-13-2, 1-11-2 WCHA) in Sunday’s game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Bemidji State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first periiod and never looked back. The Beavers skated to a 6-1 victory to earn a weekend split with North Dakota.

In Sunday’s game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Bemidji State dominated the first period of play scoring two goals in the first seven minutes of play. The first goal was scored on a pass from Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) to Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) at 2:55 in the first period. Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) also had an assist on Tageson’s goal. The second goal for the Beavers was scored at 6:25 on a shot from the point by Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) Assisting on Zuelke’s goal was Aimee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) and Melissa Shaeffer (Milwakee, Wis.). BSU had a 2-0 going into the first intermission.

It was just the third time that the Beavers scored the first goal of the game this season.

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) stopped all six of the shots she faced in the first period of play.

In the second period of play Bemidji State added to its lead when freshman Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) capitalized on the power play at 6:21 of the period. Collins goal was her first goal of the season and her first collegiate goal. Assisting on the goal was Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.) and Nikki Eckebrecht. The Sioux would answer back and score their own power-play goal at 14:16. of the period. Scoring the power play goal for the Sioux was Melissa Jaques her fifth goal of the season.
Bemidji State had six power-play chances and were only able to capitalize on one of its man advantage opportunities.

At the end of two periods of play Bemidji State was out-shooting North Dakota 26-to-15.

Bemidji State would start the third period of play on the power-play but would not be able to capitalize. Just after the power-play ended Bemidji State’s Melissa Shaeffer scored a unassisted goal at 1:59 of third period to give the Beavers a 4-1 lead. Bemidji State would add to its lead when Helena Tageson would net a power-play goal at 4:05. Assisting on the goal was Haley Balcom and Brooke Collins. This was Tageson’s second goal of the game and her sixth goal of the season. Bemidji State continued to add to its lead when Nikki Eckebrecht scored a power-play goal at 13:19 in the third period. Assisting on Eckebrecht’s goal was Kelly Hart and Brooke Collins.

Bemidji State out-shot North Dakota 42-to-20 for the game.

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) improved to a 3-5-1 record with the victory. Luebke recorded nineteen saves in the win for the Beavers.

North Dakota goaltender Margaret-Ann Hinkley stopped thirty six shots in the loss. Hinkley falls to 1-4-0 on the season.

Bemidji State went 3-for-15 on the power-play while North Dakota was 1-for-5

Bemidji State will have a couple weeks off over Christmas break and will be in action again on December 30-31 as they will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell University.