Bemidji State falls 3-1 to Wisconsin
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Jan. 29, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MADISON, Wis. - Bemidji State (6-20-2, 5-17-0 WCHA) came up a little short again as they fell in the series finale 3-1 to the Wisconsin Badgers (23-2-1, 6-20-2 WCHA) at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon. Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) got the start in net for the Beavers as it would be the last time she would play in her home state of Wisconsin. Luebke ended the day with a career high in saves as she stopped 53 of the 56 shots she faced on the day.

Wisconsin came out in the first period of play peppering Luebke with numerous shots. Luebke was up to the challenge as she stopped all 20 shots that she faced in the period to keep the score at 0-0. The Beavers were only able to get six shots on Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter in the first period. Vetter also remand perfect as she stopped all six shots in the period.

Wisconsin out-shot Bemidji State 20-to-6 in the first period of play.

In the second period of play the action would pick up a little bit as the Badgers would score two goals just two-minutes and eighteen seconds apart. Sharon Cole would get the Badgers on the board first as she would net her 12th goal of the season for the Badgers at 12:46 of the second period. Allison Johanson (Flagstaff, Ariz.) would take a penalty at 13:54 of the period to put the Badgers on the power-play. The Badgers would capitalize on the power-play opportunity as Meaghan Mikkelson would score to put the Badgers up 2-0. Mikkelson’s goal would result in the game winner for the Badgers.

The Beavers would fight back and bring the score with-in one going into the second intermission. Allison Johanson would net her third collegiate goal at 16:50 of the second period to get the Beavers on the board. Assisting on Johanson’s goal was Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario). At the end of two periods of play the Beavers were down 2-1.

The Beaves had a string of twenty-five straight penalty’s that they had killed off until Mikkelson broke the streak with her power-play goal. The Beavers have killed of 25 of its last 26 penalties dating back to January 6, 2006.

The Beavers were out-shot in the second period 24-to-8. Luebke continued her good play as she stopped 22-of-24 shots she faced for a two period total of forty-four saves. Jessie Vetter stopped 7-of-8 shots she faced for a two period total of 13 saves.

In the final frame Wisconsin would secure the win early in the third period as the Badgers would score just 1:26 seconds into the third period to go-ahead by two goals again. Nikki Burish picked up an unassisted goal for the Badgers her sixth goal of the season. Burish’s goal would be the last amount of scoring either team would do and the game would end with the Badgers on top 3-1.

Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke recorded 53 saves in a losing effort for the Beavers. Luebke falls to 3-9-1 on the season with the loss. Luebke set a career high in saves with the 53 save performance breaking her old record of 48 saves that she set at Minnesota on December 5, 2003.

Wisconsin nettminder Jessie Vetter recorded 21 saves in the 3-1 victory. Vetter improves her record to 3-0-0 on the season for the Badgers.

Bemidji State is now 1-26-1 all-time versus the Wisconsin Badgers.

Bemidji State ended the evening 0-for-2 on the man advantage while Wisconsin was 1-for-3.

Bemidji State will return home after its four game road swing and prepare to host the University of North Dakota on Feburary 3-4 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. On February 3rd the puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. and on February 4th the puck will drop at 2:07 p.m.