Freshman nets goal, Beavers fall 4-1 in first round of WCHA playoffs
Friday, February 27, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team skated well against the No. 1 ranked team in the land, but the Beavers were unable to to find the back of the net in a 4-1 loss Friday night to the University of Minnesota at Ridder Arena in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

Marlee Wheelhouse (Fr., D, Crookston, Minn.) made sure BSU would not be shut out, scoring a 5-on-3 goal 18:10 into the second period.

It took the Gophers awhile to find their groove, but they were able to pull ahead 7:13 into the first. Jen Schoullis found the back of the net with an assist to Kelli Blankenship.

Bemidji State never stopped working, keeping UM scoreless for the rest of the frame.

The Beavers were unable to keep the leading scorer in the nation off the scoreboard, as Monique Lamoureux found the back of the net 8:54 into the second off assists to twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux and Dagney Willey.

Jaimie Horton added to the lead 14:40 into the second off assists to Kelly Seeler and Melanie Gagnon.

The deficit was daunting, but Bemidji State was able to cut into it after both Gigi Marvin and Seeler entered the penalty box.

After a few cracks at it, Wheelhouse was finally able to deflect a shot between the legs of Alyssa Grogan for her third tally of the season. She fired a shot from the point after taking passes from Annie Bauerfeld (So., W, Woodbury, Minn.) and leading scorer Erin Cody (So., W, Roseville, Minn.).

Emily West added a fourth goal for the Gophers to wrap up the scoring 16:20 into the third. Marvin assisted on the goal.

BSU netminder Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) recorded 38 saves and allowed four goals, taking the loss. Grogan saved 16 shots and allowed the one goal help UM move one game shy of advancing to the WCHA Frozen Four.

The Beavers were outshot 42-17 and went 1-for-7 on the power-play. Minnesota was 0-for-5 with a man advantage.

Bauerfeld’s assist gives BSU three 20-point scorers this season for the first time since 2005-06. The three are Bauerfeld (8g-12a), Erin Johnson (So., W, Farmington, Minn.) (9g-11a) and Cody (12g-15a).

BSU has been efficient with the puck, so much so that four different players have double-digit assists this season, which is the first time that at least four Beavers have achieved double-digit assists since 2000-01. The fourth player is Montana Vichorek (Fr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) (3g-10a).

Bemidji State will look to avoid elimination and keep its season alive in Saturday’s 4:07 p.m. matchup with the Gophers.