Bemidji State battles back to earn 5-4 OT Win
Friday, February 3, 2006
Feb. 3, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (7-20-2, 6-17-0 WCHA) fell behind by a score of 4-2 early in the third period but was able to battle back and steal a 5-4 overtime victory from the University of North Dakota (6-19-2, 2-17-2 WCHA). Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) and Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) recorded two goals apiece for the Beavers in the win. Hart netted the game tying goal at 11:11 of the third period while Pullar came up with the game winner at 1:41 into overtime.

The first period of play was a action packed period with end to end action. North Dakota held a 15-to-12 edge in shots over Bemidji State after the first period of play which helped the Fighting Sioux to a 2-1 first period advantage over the Beavers. North Dakota would get on the board first as Randi Matsko would fire one past Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) at 4:56 of the first period. The Beavers would answer back as the would go on the power-play at 8:58 of the period. With four seconds remaining on the man-advantage Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) would take a pass from Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) and tip the puck past North Dakota netminder Amber Hasbargen to tie the score at 1-1. North Dakota would regain the lead when Devon Fingland would tip in a rebound to put the Fighting Sioux back up 2-1 with 3:30 left in the period. The period would end with North Dakota leading by a goal over Bemidji State.

In the first period of play Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) recorded 13 saves on 15 shots while North Dakota netminder Amber Hasbargen stopped 11 of the 12 shots that she faced.

Despite being out-shot 10-to-8 in the second period the Beavers were able to net the only goal in the period to tie the game at 2-2. Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) would beat the defender and put the puck on net and was able to bury the puck off a rebound given up by the North Dakota goaltender for the game tying goal. Assisting on the Hart goal was Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) and Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario). At the end of two periods of play the score was notched at two apiece.

Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) stopped all 10 shots that she faced in the second period for a game total of 23 saves while Amber Hasbargen stopped 7-of-8 shots in the period for a game total of 18 saves for North Dakota.

At the start of the third period the Fighting Sioux would regain the lead as Christy Carlson netted a goal just 1:37 into the third period. North Dakota would go ahead by two goals early in the third period when Samantha Bowers netted her eight goal of the season to put the Fighting Sioux up 4-2. Bemidji State would fight back as Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) would take a pass from Kelly Hart ( Ajax, Ontario) and fire one past Amber Hasbargen to bring the Beavers back within one goal at 4-3. Kelly Hart would get the game tying goal at 11:11 of the third period her second goal of game. Hart’s goal was an unassisted goal. At the end of the third period the score was tied at 4-4.

The Fighting Sioux out-shot the Beavers 10-to-9 in the third period and 35-to-29 at the end of regulation.
Bemidji State dominated the overtime session as North Dakota’s Melissa Jacques took a penalty and put the Beavers on the man-advantage. Just :47 seconds into the power-play Jessica Pullar would get the game winning goal her third game-winning goal of the season for the Beavers. Assisting on the goal was
Tara Hiscock and Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.).

The Beavers were perfect on the penalty kill as they are 27 of their last 28 on the penalty kill.
Bemidji State goaltender Emily Brookshaw recorded 31 saves in a winning effort for the Beavers. Brookshaw improves to 4-11-1 on the season with the win.

North Dakota goaltender Amber Hasbargen recorded 26 saves in the loss and her record falls to 4-13-2 on the season.

Bemidji State is now 6-8-1 all-time versus the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and 2-4-1 at home versus North Dakota.

Bemidji State ended the evening 2-for-7 on the man advantage while North Dakota was 0-for-3.
Bemidji State will be looking for its first series sweep of the season as they will battle North Dakota Saturday afternoon at 2:07 p.m. at the John Glas Fieldhouse.