BSU falls 4-3 in second straight game against UMD
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Jan. 14, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (5-17-2, 4-14-0 WCHA) battles but falls 4-3 to Minnesota Duluth (16-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA). For the second straight night Bemidji State gave No. 4 Minnesota Duluth all they could handle but was unable to come up with the victory. Noemie Marin scored two goals to lead the number 4 team in the nation to the series sweep over the Beavers.

After suffering a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs Friday afternoon the Beavers had a chance to redeem themselves in the final game of the weekend series at the John Glas Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. In the first period of play the Bulldogs came out dominating the game, out-shooting the Beavers 19-to-7 in the period. The Bulldogs would get on the board first just three-minutes and 3:27 into the game on an unassisted goal by Mari Pehkonen. The Beavers would continue to battle and get the game tying goal at 13:16 in the period. Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) scored her eighth goal of the season and her second goal of the weekend series to bring the score at one apiece. Recording the helper on the Eckebrecht goal was Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) her sixth assist of the season.

After surrendering the early goal Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) settled down and ended the period with eighteen saves for the Beavers. Minnesota Duluth goaltender Riitta Schaublin stopped six of the seven shots that she faced in the first period for the Bulldogs.

This is only the sixth time that the Beavers have been tied with Minnesota Duluth in its seven year history.

In the second period of play the Bulldogs would regain the lead off a turnover by the Beavers. Noemie Marin would score the Bulldogs second unassisted goal of the game just 1:53 seconds into the second period. Marin’s goal put the Bulldogs up 2-1 early in the second period. Both teams continued to have numerous opportunities to score but with solid goaltending on both sides the score stayed 2-1 into the second intermission.

Brookshaw recorded 11 saves in the period for a game total of 29 for Bemidji State while Schaublin recorded nine saves in the period for a game total of 15 saves for Minnesota Duluth.

At the end of two periods of play both teams were 0-for-1 on the power-play.

In the third period of play the Bulldogs would add to its 2-1 lead on Noemie Marin’s second goal of the game and her sixteenth goal of the season. Bemidji State’s Aimee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) netted her first goal of the season for the Beavers to bring Bemidji State with-in a one goal deficit. Bemidji State would pull its goaltender at 18:35 but Minnesota Duluth would take advantage of the empty net to push the lead back to two. Scoring the empty net goal for Minnesota Duluth was Sara O’Toole. O’Toole’s goal would be the eventual game winner. Bemidji State would add a goal at 19:59 of the third period to bring the score to 4-3 but it was to little to late. Scoring the goal was Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) her ninth of the season. Kelly Hart would record her second assist of the game and her sixteenth of the season. Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) also recorded an assist on the Hiscock goal.

Minnesota Duluth out-shot Bemidji State 49-to-25 in the game.

With the loss Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) falls to 2-9-1 on the season for the Beavers. In the loss Brookshaw recorded 45 saves.

Minnesota Duluth goaltender Riitta Schaublin stopped 22 shots in the 4-3 win over the Beavers improving her record to 15-3-1.

Minnesota Duluth ended the evening 0-for-2 on the power-play while Bemidji State was 1-for-2 on the man advantage.

Bemidji State will be in action next weekend January 20-21 as they will travel to Mankato, Minn. to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks. On January 20 the game is slated to start at 7:07 p.m. and on January 21 the two teams will battle at 3:07 p.m.