Minnesota Duluth scores four unanswered goals to beat BSU
Friday, January 13, 2006
Jan. 13, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (5-16-2, 4-13-0 WCHA) battles but falls 4-3 to Minnesota Duluth (15-3-1, 13-3-1 WCHA). Bemidji State scored the first two goals of the game but was unable to hang on to the two goal lead as the Bulldogs scored four unanswered goals to give the Bulldogs the 4-3 win.

After upsetting the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers last weekend in Minneapolis, Minn., Bemidji State came out in the first period with a sense of urgency. Bemidji State and the No. 4 team in the nation the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs skated to a 0-0 first period tie. Bemidji State out-shot the Bulldogs 12-to-7 in the period. Bemidji State has not out-shot the Bulldogs in the first period since December 15, 2001.
Goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) recorded seven saves in the period for Bemidji State while Riitta Schaublin stopped all twelve shots that she faced in the period.

The first half of the second period was dominated by the Bemidji State Beavers while the second half of the second period was dominated by Minnesota Duluth. Bemidji State got on the board first on a goal by Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) at 6:51 of the second period. Assisting on Hiscock’s goal was Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) and Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.). It didn’t take Bemidji State long to add to its lead as just thirty seconds after the Hiscock goal Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) would net her second goal of the season to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. The assist on Hart’s goal came from Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) and Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden).

The Bulldogs are not the No. 4 team in the nation for nothing. The Bulldogs would fight back and get on the board at 13:11 on a goal by Tawni Mattila to bring the Bulldogs with-in 2-1. At the 15:59 mark of the second period Jill Sales would tie the score up at 2-2 on a wrist shot off a face-off won by Jessica Koizumi. The period would end with the score still even at 2-2.

After two-periods of play Jill Luebke had 19 saves in the game for the Beavers while Riitta Schaublin had 20 saves in the game for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs picked up were they left off in the second period scoring the first two goals in the third period to jump ahead of the Beavers 4-2. Jessica Koizumi scored an unassisted goal to put the Bulldogs up 3-2 at 8:28 mark of the third period. The Bulldogs would go ahead by two goals just one minute and fifteen seconds later when Melissa Roy would notch her first goal of the, which would be the eventual game winner for the Bulldogs. The Beavers would battle back and score a power-play goal at 13:55 in the period to bring the Beavers with-in 4-3. Scoring the third period goal for the Beavers was Helena Tageson her eighth goal of the season for the Beavers. The assists would go to Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba).

Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis) replaced goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) at 9:13 and stopped all five shots that she faced.

Bemidji State out-shot Minnesota Duluth 35-to-30, this was the first time in Bemidji State’s seven year history that they have out-shot Minnesota Duluth in a game.

With the loss Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) falls to 3-8-1 on the season for the Beavers while Riitta Schaublin recorded thirty-two saves and improves her record to 14-3-1 with the victory.

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

Bemidji State falls to 0-26-1 all-time versus Minnesota Duluth and 0-13-0 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth battle again tomorrow afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse in the final of a two-game series. Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 2:07 pm.