Bemidji State escapes with 2-1 victory over Minnesota State
Friday, January 20, 2006
Jan. 20, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MANKATO , Minn. - Bemidji State (6-17-2, 5-14-0 WCHA) escapes with a 2-1 win over Minnesota State (9-11-3, 6-9-2 WCHA). Bemidji State picks up its third consecutive win in Mankato, Minn., dating back to Feburary 11-12, 2005 when the Beavers swept the Mavericks 3-0 and 1-0.

After suffering two tough defeats at the hand of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs last weekend, Bemidji State bounced back with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota State Mavericks in Mankato, Minn. In the first period both teams had numerous opportunities but were unable to produce any goals as the score remained deadlocked at 0-0 going into the first intermission.

Minnesota State out-shot Bemidji State 13-to-12 in the first period.

Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) stopped all thirteen shots that she faced in the first period while Maverick goaltender Britni Kehler stopped twelve shots in the period.

In the second period of play the Beavers would jump out to the at 4:18 of the period on a goal by Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario). This was Hart’s third goal of the season and her first goal against the Mavericks in her career. Assisting on Hart’s goal was Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) and Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.). The Mavericks would get the tying goal late in the period as Felicia Nelson would score with thirty-four seconds left in period. At the end of two periods of play the score was still even at 1-1.

Both teams were able to produce nine shots on goal in the second period. At the end of two periods of play Emily Brookshaw had recorded 21 saves while Britini Kehler had 20 saves.

In the third period Bemidji State would get the game winning goal at the 15:09 mark of the third period off the stick of Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.). This was Pullar’s sixth goal of the season and her second game winning goal of the season for the Beavers. Recording the assist on Pullar’s goal was sophomore defenseman Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.).

Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw would remain solid in the net and would seal the win for the Beavers stopping all six shots that she faced in the third period. Brooshaw would improve her record to 3-9-1 on the season with her twenty-seven save performance.

Minnesota State goaltender Britini Kehler stopped 27 shots in the 2-1 loss to the Beavers. With the loss Kehler drops to 8-7-2 on the season.

Bemidji State out-shot Minnesota State 29-to-28 in the win.

Minnesota State ended the evening 0-for-2 on the power-play while Bemidji State was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

Bemidji State and Minnesota State will face off tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. in the series finale in Mankato, Minn.