Bemidji State picks up first ever win over No. 5 Minnesota
Saturday, January 7, 2006
Jan. 7, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. -Bemidji State (5-15-2, 4-12-0 WCHA) picks up first ever win over No. 5 Minnesota (13-6-1, 8-5-1 WCHA) Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena. Two second period goals by Jessica Pullar helped Bemidji State secure a 2-1 victory over Minnesota. Emily Brookshaw ended the night with 28 saves in victory.

Minnesota picked up right were they left off yesterday scoring its first goal just five minutes into the game. Gigi Marvin put the Gophers up 1-0 with 14:55 showing on the clock. Assisting on Marvin’s goal was Erica McKenzie and Bobbi Ross. Bemidji State got a break away opportunity mid-way through the first period but Minnesota goaltender Kim Hanlon made an outstanding save to keep the one goal lead. The period would end with Minnesota garnering a 1-0 lead over Bemidji State.

Through one period of play the shots on goal were even with each team picking up eight shots a piece.
Sophomore goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) ended the first period with seven saves while Minnesota goaltender Kim Hanlon recorded eight saves for the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota started the second period on the power-play but was unable to take advantage as Bemidji State successfully killed off the third power-play opportunity for the Golden Gophers. Bemidji State would notch the score at one a-piece at 5:08 of the second period on a power-play goal scored by Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.), her fourth goal of her season. Tallying the helpers for Bemidji State was Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) and Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba). Minnesota’s Chelsey Brodt took a penalty with under a minute left in the second period to put Bemidji State back on the power-play. The Beavers scored their second power-play goal of the period with just twenty-six seconds remaining in the period. Scoring the power-play goal was Jessica Pullar her second power-play goal of the period. Assisting on the go-ahead goal for the Beavers was Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) and Allison Johanson (Flagstaff, Ariz.).

At the end of two periods of play Bemidji State held a 2-1 lead over the number five team in the nation.

At the end of two periods of play shots on goal were in favor of Minnesota 22-to-11.

Emily Brookshaw had fourteen saves in the second period of a game total of twenty-one for the Beavers while Kim Hanlon recorded one save in the period for a game total of nine for the Golden Gophers.
In the second period Bemidji State was 2-for-2 on the power-play while Minnesota was 0-for-4. In the game Bemidji State is 2-for-4 on the man advantage while Minnesota was 0-for-5 at the end of two periods of play.

In the third period of play Minnesota’s Erica McKenzie had a break away opportunity mid-way through the third period but Bemidji State netminder Emily Brookshaw held her ground and was able to keep the 2-1 lead intact for the Beavers. Bemidji State’s Haley Balcom took a slashing penalty with 8:26 left in the game giving Minnesota a power-play. Bemidji State was able to kill off Balcom’s penalty with-out surrendering the game-tying goal. Minnesota went back on the power-play when Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) was called for tripping at the 16:08 mark of the period. Once again Minnesota was unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Emily Brookshaw recorded seven saves in the period to help fight of a late surge by the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota out-shot Bemidji State by a total of 39-to-15 in the game.
Goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) improves her record to 2-8-1 on the year in the victory. This is the second time in school history that Bemidji State has beaten a team that was ranked in the top ten. This is the first time the Beavers have beaten a team ranked higher than number ten in the nation.
Kim Hanlon recorded 13 saves for the Gophers and falls to 4-1-0 with the loss.
Minnesota ended the evening 0-for-7 on the power-play while Bemidji State was 2-for-5 on the man advantage.

Bemidji State improves to 1-26-3 all-time versus Minnesota and 1-11-2 on the road versus the Golden Gophers.

Bemidji State will return home next weekend to take on another nationally ranked opponent in the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Both games are slated to start at 2:07 p.m. on Janurary 13-14 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.