BSU falls 7-2 in first game of WCHA playoff series
Friday, March 3, 2006
March 3, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

DULUTH , Minn. - In game one of a best of three game series the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (21-7-3) would dominate from the beginning and beat Bemidji State (11-22-2) 7-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series. Michaela Lanzl and Jessica Koizumi would lead the Bulldogs with two goals apiece in the game.

In the first period at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) it would only take the Bulldogs 3:23 to get on the board. Duluth’s Michaela Lanzl would net her seventeenth goal of the season to give the Bulldogs the early lead, picking up the assists on the Minnesota Duluth goal was Jill Sales and Jessica Koizumi. Minnesota Duluth would keep applying pressure and Jessica Koizumi would score an unassisted goal to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 just 5:26 into the game.

Bemidji State continued to battle and would get on the board late in the first period to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. Senior Amiee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) would fire the puck low and beat Minnesota Duluth goaltender Riitta Schaublin for her third goal of the season. Assisting on the goal was Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.) her fourth assist of the season.

Despite being out-shot in the first period 14-to-7 the Beavers were able to keep the score at a one goal deficit going into the first intermission. Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) would settle down after giving up two goals on the first five shots she seen and end the period with twelve saves. Minnesota Duluth goaltender Riitta Schaublin would end the period with six saves for the Bulldogs.

Just 1:30 into the second period Aimee Collins was bidding for her second goal of the game as she got a break away opportunity, but Schaublin was up to the test and would make the save to keep the one goal lead for the Bulldogs. Minnesota Duluth would score three-goals in a span of 1:19 in the second period to push its lead to 5-1.

Minnesota Duluth would tally its first goal of the second period just 2:52 into the period. Scoring the goal for the Bulldogs was Mari Pehkonen her eight goal of the season for the Bulldogs. Allison Lehrke would add to the Bulldog lead just :23 seconds after the Phekonen goal, Lehrke’s goal pushed the score to 4-1.
At 3:20 of the second period Bemidji State’s Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) would replace Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) between the pipes for the Beavers. Capping off the scoring run for the Bulldogs was Jessica Koizumi. Koizumi scored the third goal of the period for the Bulldogs just 4:11 into the period. This was Koizumi’s second goal of the game and her sixteenth goal of the season for the Bulldogs.

Bemidji State’s Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) would break the three unanswered goal streak for Minnesota Duluth as she would net her eleventh goal of the season at 13:26 of the second period to bring the score to 5-2. Picking up the helper on the Hiscock goal was Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.). Minnesota Duluth would push its lead back to four just :37 after the Hiscock goal on a goal by Ashly Waggner her second goal of the season for the Bulldogs. At the end of the second period Minnesota Duluth would attain a 6-2 lead over the Beavers.

In the second period of play Jill Luebke would garner one save and Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) would record eights saves for a second period total of nine saves. Duluth netminder Riitta Schaublin would stop three of the four shots she would face in the period for a game total of nine.

Minnesota Duluth would continue its dominance in shots on goal as they would out shoot the Beavers 13-to-4 in the period and 27-to-11 for the game.

Minnesota Duluth would continue to pile on the goals as it would take just :48 into the third period for the Bulldogs to score its seventh goal of the game. The goal would come off the stick of Michaela Lanzl her second goal of the game and her eighteenth goal of the season for the Bulldogs. That would be all the scoring the in the period for either team and Minnesota Duluth would cruise to the 7-2 victory.

For the game Minnesota Duluth out-shot Bemidji State 44-to-17.

The Beavers ended the evening 0-for-4 on the power-play while Minnesota Duluth was 0-for-2. Bemidji State has killed off 46 of its last 49 penalties.

Senior netminder Jill Luebke recorded 13 saves in the loss and falls to 7-11-1 and Emily Brookshaw recorded 24 saves in 36:00 minutes of action. Riitta Schaublin recorded 15 saves in the win for the Bulldogs and improves to 19-7-3 on the season.

Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth will play the second game of the best of three game series tomorrow at 7:07 p.m at the DECC.