BSU records third win over ranked opponent
Friday, February 24, 2006
Feb. 24, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State (11-20-2, 10-17-0 WCHA) picked up its fifth win in a row as it downed No. 9 St. Cloud State (15-17-1, 12-14-1 WCHA) 5-1 in the weekend series opener. Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) led the Beavers with four points as she had a goal and three assists, while Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) added two-goals in the victory.

Bemidji State put up three goals in three-minutes in the first period of play Friday night against No. 9 St. Cloud State, this is the most goals the Beavers have scored in the first period this season. Bemidji State got on the board early when Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) buried her eleventh goal of the season to give the Beavers the early 1-0 lead. Assisting on Tageson’s goal was Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.) and Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario). Just 1:35 later Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) would beat the lone defender between her and St. Cloud State goaltender Lauri St. Jaques and would snipe a wrist shot past St. Jaques for her third goal of the season, with the goal Robinson snapped out of a twenty-three game goal scoring slump. Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) would net Bemidji State’s third goal of the period just 1:17 after the Robinson’s goal to give the Beavers the 3-0 lead. Kelly Hart would pick-up her second assist of the period on Eckebrecht’s goal.

Goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) had a solid first period of play as she stopped all nine shots that she faced in the period. St. Cloud State netminder Lauri St. Jaques would finish the period with 13 saves for the Huskies.

Bemidji State out-shot the Huskies 16-to-9 in the period.

In the second period of play the Beavers were able to obtain its three goal lead. St. Cloud State would get on the board at 9:34 of the period on a goal by Megan McCarthy. Bemidji State would regain its three goal lead two-minutes later as Kelly Hart would beat the defense and fire the puck past St. Jaques for her eight goal of the season. Assisting on Hart’s goal was goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) her second assist of the season. The two-points is the most points recorded by a goaltender in a season at Bemidji State. At the end of two-periods of play the Beavers led the Huskies 4-1.

Jill Luebke would record six saves in the period for a game total of 15 saves, while St. Cloud State netminder stopped six shots for a game total of 19 saves.

In the third period of play Bemidji State would score the only goal of the period coming off the stick of Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) her second goal of the game. Helena Tageson and Kelly Hart picked up the assist on Eckebrecht’s goal. The Huskies out-shot the Beavers in the third period 10-to-9 in the period but were unable to get the puck past Bemidji State netminder Jill Luebke. The Beavers would end up winning the contest by a score of 5-1.

For the game Bemidji State out-shot St. Cloud State 32-to-26.

The Beavers ended the evening 0-for-2 on the power-play while St. Cloud State was 0-for-2. Bemidji State has killed off 40 of its last 42 penalties.

Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke recorded 25 saves in the 5-1 victory. Luebke improves to 7-9-1 on the season with the win. The seven wins is the most Luebke has attained in a season during her career and Luebke is currently on a four game-winning streak, which is also the longest winning-streak in her career.

St. Cloud State goaltender Lauri St. Jacques recorded 27 saves in the loss and her record falls to 9-12-1 on the season.

Bemidji State is now 13-13-4 all-time versus the St. Cloud State Huskies.

With the 5-1 victory over St. Cloud State, Bemidji State is on a five-game winning-streak the longest winning streak of the season and the longest winning streak since Dec. 3 2004 through Jan. 2, 2005 when the Beavers recorded a three game-winning streak.

Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will due battle in the series finally Saturday afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck will drop at 2:07 p.m.