BSU comes up short, losing 4-2 at No. 1 Wisconsin
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Jan. 28, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MADISON, Wis. - Bemidji State (6-19-2, 5-16-0 WCHA) traveled to Madison, Wis. to take on the No. 1 team in the nation, the Wisconsin Badgers (22-2-1, 17-1-1 WCHA). Bemidji State came up short falling to the Badgers by a score of 4-2 at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin was able to produce thirty-eight shots on goal while Bemidji State was only able to produce seventeen shots on goal for the game.

Playing in front of a crowd of nearly 1500, Bemidji State was able to skate with Wisconsin for most of the first period. The score remand tied at 0-0 late into the first period until Wisconsin’s Erika Lawler would break a 0-0 tie with just 1:10 left in the first period to put the Badgers up 1-0 going into the first intermission.

Wisconsin out-shot Bemidji State 10-to-6 in the first period of play.

Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) stopped nine of the ten shots that she faced in the first period while Badgers goaltender Christine Dufour stopped all six shots that she faced in the period.

The Badgers would push their lead to 2-0 early in the second period when the leading point scorer in the nation Sara Bauer would net her nineteenth goal of the season for the Badgers at 4:37 in the second period. Bemidji State would continue to battle, and before the period would end the Beavers would cut the lead back down to a one goal lead for the Badgers. Junior forward Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ontario) would net and unassisted at 10:47 of the second period. Sadler’s goal was her first of the season and her first since December 12, 2003 when she scored a hat trick against St. Cloud State. At the end of two periods of play the Beavers still trailed by a goal.

The Beavers were out-shot in the second period 14-to-7. Brookshaw continued her good play as she stopped 13-of-14 shots she faced for a two period total of twenty-two. Christine Dufour stopped 6-of-7 shots she faced for a two period total of 12 saves.

In the final frame Wisconsin would secure the win early in the third period as the Badgers would score twice in the first five minutes of the period to push the led to 4-1 in favor of the Badgers. Just 2:06 into the third period Wisconsin’s Angie Keseley would net the game winning goal for the Badgers. Three minutes and eight second later Sharon Cole would seal the deal for the Badgers as she scored her eleventh goal of the season to put the No. 1 team in the nation up 4-1. Bemidji State’s Aimee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) would score at the 10:51 mark of the third period but it would be to little to late for Bemidji State. Assisting on Collins goal was Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.).

Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw stopped 34 shots for the Beavers. Brookshaw falls to 3-11-1 on the season with the loss.

Wisconsin nettminder Christine Dufour recorded 15 saves in the 4-2 victory. Dufour improves her record to 8-1-0 on the season for the Badgers.

Bemidji State is now 1-25-1 all-time versus the Wisconsin Badgers.

Bemidji State ended the evening 0-for-2 on the man advantage while Wisconsin was 0-for-5. Bemidji State has not let up a power-play goal in it’s last twenty-three power play kill opportunities. This dates back to January 6, 2006 when Bemidji State was at Minnesota.

Bemidji State and Wisconsin will play the final game of the two game set tomorrow afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m.