ERIE, Pa. —The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team couldn’t withstand a powerful attack by No. 2 Mercyhurst that saw the Lakers (2-0-0, 0-0-0 CHA) sweep the weekend series against Beavers (0-2-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) with a 6-1 scoreline on Saturday afternoon.
Special teams proved to be a decisive factor again in the game. The Lakers scored three of their six goals while on special teams, while the Beavers only goal came on the power play.
Mercyhurst jumped out to an early lead behind a Jesse Scanzano goal just five minutes into the game. Another goal by Bailey Bram gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Mercyhurst again made a strong showing in the second period netting another four goals in the period, just like the day before. The first two goals of the second period came on the power play for the Lakers with the last goal being score short handed.
Being down 6-0 didn’t discourage the Beavers as they poised themselves to make a run in the third period. BSU was able to limit its trips to the sin bin, which helped them take advantage of five Mercyhurst penalties. This allowed the Beavers a total time of five minutes and 15 seconds of power play opportunities in the third period.
This first penalty of the period resulted in one shot on goal for Bemidji State as Mercyhurst was able to kill off the penalty. During the second power play of the period it would be the same trio as yesterday that would strike again for the Beavers.
Just fifteen seconds into the power play Erin Johnson (So., Farmington, Minn.) would put the puck in the net, after receiving it from Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) giving Bemidji State its first goal of the game.
Bemidji State would later get a five-on-three power play after Mercyhurst’s Jesse Scanzano got called for hooking while on the penalty kill. Unfortunately for the Beavers the extended power play was killed off after BSU took three shots on goal.
Alana McElhinney (So., Calgary, Alberta) got the nod starting in net for Bemidji State. McElhinney made 38 saves off of 44 shots giving her a .864 save percentage in the game. It was her sixth career start.
The women’s hockey team will return to the ice next weekend when it hosts No. 1 Wisconsin on Saturday in Coleraine and on again on Sunday at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji.
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