No. 5 Minnesota nets six unanswered goals in 7-2 win over BSU
Friday, January 6, 2006
Jan. 6, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. - Bemidji State (4-15-2, 3-12-0 WCHA) falls to No. 5 Minnesota (13-5-1, 8-4-1 WCHA) by a score of 7-2 Friday evening at Ridder Arena. Whitney Graft and Bobbi Ross each notched two goals each for the Golden Gophers in the victory.

Bemidji State came out firing, out-shooting Minnesota 4-to-0 in the first five minutes and twenty six seconds of the first period. Bemidji State had an early power-play opportunity but was unable to capitalize on the man-advantage. Bemidji State’s Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) took a hooking penalty at 4:52 in the period giving Minnesota its own power-play opportunity. Minnesota would take the lead just two-seconds after the Zuelke penalty on a goal by Whitney Graft, assisting on the goal was Ashley Albrecht and Jenelle Philipczyk. Bemidji State would answer back at 13:39 of the period when Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) would net her second goal of the season. Assisting on Collins goal was Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden).

Bemidji State would give Minnesota a power-play opportunity late in the first period on a penalty by Aimee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba). Minnesota’s Gigi Marvin would take advantage of the Collins penalty and put the Gophers back on top with just thirteen seconds left in the period. Assisting on the goal was Bobbi Ross. At the end of the first period Minnesota held a 2-1 lead over Bemidji State.

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) ended the first period with seven saves while Minnesota goaltender Kim Hanlon recorded five saves for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota led in the shot category after one period of play out-shooting Bemidji State 9-to-6 in the period.

It didn’t take Minnesota long to get on the board in the second period as Bobbi Ross was able to sneak one past Luebke just two-minutes and twenty-nine seconds into the period. Assisting on Ross’s goal was Marley Wournell. Bemidji State went on its second power-play of the evening but was once again unable to take advantage on the man-advantage. Minnesota scored its second goal of the period at the 6:43 mark when Whitney Graft netted her second goal of the game for the Gophers. Minnesota’s Bobbi Ross was able to notch a short-handed goal at the 8:49 mark of the second period to put the Golden Gophers up 5-1. This was Ross’s second goal of the game.

After surrendering five goals in a period and a half Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke was replaced by Sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw with eleven-minutes and six seconds remaining in the period. Luebke recorded seven saves in the period for Bemidji State while Brookshaw stopped the three shots she faced. Minnesota goaltender Kim Hanlon had twelve saves in the second period for a game total of seventeen.

At the start of the third period Minnesota goaltender Kim Hanlon was replaced by Natalie Lamme. Minnesota would continue its dominance as they would score just three minutes and forty seconds into the period on a goal by Lindsay Block. Block’s goal put the gophers up by five goals mid-way through the third period. At the twelve-minute mark of the second period Ashley Albrecht would add to the gopher lead scoring the Gophers seventh goal of the game. Assisting on Albrecht’s goal was Krista Johnson. Bemidji State added a goal with forty-five seconds left in the game. Scoring the goal for Bemidji State was Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) her seventh goal of the season, assisting on the goal was Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario).

Minnesota out-shot Bemidji State by a total of 37-to-27 in the game.

Goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) had 14 saves in the losing effort. Luebke falls to 3-7-1 on the season for the Beavers. Minnesota Kim Hanlon improves to 4-0-0 on the season for the Gophers with her seventeen save performance.

Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) recorded 16 saves on the evening and Natalie Lamme stopped 8 shots in the third period.

Minnesota ended the evening 1-for-5 on the power-play while Bemidji State was 0-for-7 on the man advantage.

Bemidji State falls to 0-26-3 all-time versus Minnesota and 0-11-2 on the road versus the Golden Gophers.

Bemidji State and Minnesota will face-off in the final game of the weekend at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday afternoon at 4:07 p.m.