COLERAINE, Minn. — Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) led the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to a 1-0 upset over the defending national champions No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday night at the Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine, Minn. The win over the Badgers was the first since Dec. 9, 2001.
“We’re really proud of the girls today with the way they played all three periods,” said assistant coach Heather Farrell. “We were able to break through that second period hump tonight that was so difficult for us at Mercyhurst. The girls played with a tremendous amount of passion and pride tonight; they never quit on pucks, and blocked a ton of shots.”
The Beavers kept up stride-for-stride with the Badgers for the length of the game. Tomcikova turned away 35 shots, while the Beavers were able to put 25 of their own on Badger goalie Becca Ruegsegger.
The first period started saw the Badgers get into a pinch when Brittany Haverstock got called for hooking. Unfortunately, BSU was unable to capitalize on the power play. The first period played out to 0-0 draw.
Playing in the second period has been a bit of a rough spot for the Beavers this season as eight of their goals allowed have come in the second. However, the Beavers turned things around against Wisconsin scoring the lone goal of the game in the second. The goal came as Kim Lieder (So., Eagan, Minn.) put the puck on the goal and Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) was there to put the rebound in the back of the net. Sadie Lundquist (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Wisconsin looked to avenge the Beaver goal entering the third period. The Badgers came out gunning, out shooting the Bemidji State 12-6. Late in the third, the Badgers got an opportunity to equalize as Lundquist was called for interference with under four minutes left to play.
Wisconsin controlled the play while on special teams, but a couple key dump-and-changes by BSU allowed Bemidji State to kill off the penalty. Ruegsegger then came off the ice to give Wisconsin the extra-attacker. However, the Beavers were able to outlast the Badger onslaught claiming the shutout victory.
“I didn’t have a tough job, our defense played great and limited the amount of scoring chances, said Tomcikova.” We were all determined to win, and we knew that if we let in a goal at the end it would have been too difficult to get the win in overtime.”
Tomcikova made 35 saves in the game for her fourth career shutout.
Bauerfeld’s goal was her first of the season and the 14th of her career.
The Beavers will host Wisconsin again on Sunday at 4:07 p.m. at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.