Bemidji State suffers 4-2 loss in New York
Friday, December 30, 2005
Dec. 30, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

ITHACA , N.Y. - Cornell (4-7-0) scored three unanswered goals to lead them to a 4-2 victory over Bemidji State (4-13-2, 3-11-0 WCHA). Bemidji State out-shot Cornell 43-24 in the game but was only able to produce two third period goals in the loss. This was the first time that Bemidji State has lost to Cornell.

Cornell jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and was able to fend off a late surge by Bemidji State. Cornell got on the board at the 6:50 mark of the first period as Becky Fisher netted her first goal of the season, assisting on the goal was Sarah Johnston. Bemidji State’s Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) was send to the penalty box at 14:43 in the period and the Big Red took advantage. The Big Red would add to it’s lead just twenty seconds into the power play on a goal by Emma Chipman her second goal of the season. Chipman’s goal gave Cornell a 2-0 lead late in the first period. Despite being out-shot in the period 14-to-11 Cornell was able to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Senior netminder Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) recorded nine saves in the period while Cornell netminder Flora Vineberg stopped all fourteen shots that she faced.

In the second period Miranda Callaghan scored the eventual game winner just two-minutes and twenty-one seconds into the period to give the Big Red a 3-0 lead. Bemidji State had to power-play opportunities in the second period but was unable to get the puck past Vineberg. At the end of two periods of play Cornell had a commanding lead 3-0.

Bemidji State didn’t waste much time in the third period to get on the board as Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) netted her fifth goal of the season, assisting on the goal was Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.). Bemidji State brought the score with-in one on a goal by Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) at the 13:51 mark of the third period. This was Tageson’s team leading seventh goal on the season. Assisting on Tageson’s goal was Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario). The late surge by Bemidji State ended when Emma Chipman notched a power-play goal at the 15:57 mark of the third. This was Chipman’s second goal of the game for the Big Red.

Goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) ended the game with twenty saves in the losing effort. With the loss Luebke is know 3-6-1 on the season.

Cornell netminder Flora Vineberg recorded 41 saves for the Big Red and improved her record to 3-3-0 on the season for Cornell.

Each team had equal power-play opportunities with Bemidji State ending the evening 1-for-6 on the man advantage while Cornell was 2-for-6.

Bemidji State and Cornell will square off again Saturday afternoon in the series finale in Ithaca, N.Y., the puck is slated to drop at 4:00 p.m.