BSU earns weekend sweep with 1-0 win of UND
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Feb. 4, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (8-20-2, 7-17-0 WCHA) earned its first series sweep of the season as the Beavers used a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon to complete the weekend sweep over the University of North Dakota (6-20-2, 2-18-2 WCHA). Bemidji State’s Carly Napier got the game-winning goal for the Beavers her first game-winning goal of the season and her fourth of her career.

Despite having two power-play opportunities apiece Bemidji State was only able to come up with seven shots on goal while North Dakota was only able to produce four shots on goal in the first period. Through the first 10:00 minutes of the period both teams only had two shots on goal. Bemidji State’s Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) had the best scoring opportunity snipping one from the top of the left circle and hitting the pipe. At the end of one period of play the score remaind dead-locked at 0-0.

Bemidji State nettminder Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) stopped all four shots she faced while Margaret-Ann Hinkley also stayed perfect for North Dakota stopping the seven shots that came her way.

Bemidji State doubled North Dakota in shots in the second period out-shooting the Fighting Sioux 14-to-7 in the period. Bemidji State had three power-play opportunities in the period but was unable to capitalize on the man-advantage. Bemidji State controlled most of the action in the period but Margaret-Ann Hinkley was solid between the pipes for the Fighting Sioux and stopped all 14 shots that she faced giving her a game total of 21 saves for the game. Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke stopped all seven shots she faced in the period giving her a game total of 11 saves.

At the end of two periods of play the score remaind at 0-0.

Bemidji State was able to net the only goal of the game coming off the stick of Carly Napier (Toronto, Ontario). Napier took a pass from Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.) and was able to burry the puck at 12:57 of the third period. This was Napier’s first goal of the season and her first goal since Feb. 25, 2005 against North Dakota. Shots ended up even in the third period with each team getting six shots on goal.
At the end of regulation the Beavers had out-shot the Fighting Sioux 27-to-17.

The Beavers were perfect on the penalty kill for the game as they went 0-for-4 and they are 31 of their last 32 on the penalty kill.

Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke recorded 17 saves in the shut-out for the Beavers. Luebke improves to 4-9-1 on the season with the win. This was Luebke’s first career shut-out as a Beaver.

North Dakota goaltender Margaret-Ann Hinkley recorded 26 saves in the loss and her record falls to 2-7-0 on the season.

Bemidji State is now 7-8-1 all-time versus the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and 3-4-1 at home versus North Dakota.

Bemidji State ended the evening 0-for-5 on the man advantage while North Dakota was 0-for-4.
This is the first weekend sweep the Beavers have garnered this season and the first weekend sweep since Feb. 11-12, 2005 when they swept Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. The last time Bemidji State swept a weekend series at the John Glas Fieldhouse was on Dec. 12-13, 2003 when the Beavers swept St. Cloud State.

Bemidji State will travel to Columbus, Ohio next weekend to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Feb. 10-11. The game on Friday, Feb. 10 is slated to start at 7:07 p.m. while the game on Saturday, Feb. 11 is scheduled to start at 2:07 p.m.