Goaltending carries Northeastern past Bemidji State 2-1
Friday, October 23, 2009

BOSTON — A late third-period goal and great goaltending by Northeastern sealed the fate of the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team Friday night, losing to the Huskies 2-1.

The Northeastern Huskies scored first in the game netting a first-period goal as the Beavers adjusted to pace of the game. BSU was outshot 10-4 in the first.

“We came out flat in first period,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “But in the second period we totally dominated, and I think we played well from the after the second period. We had multiple chances in the third, but their goalie was the difference tonight.”

In the second period the Beavers outshot the Huskies 16-3. Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) netted her first goal of the season. She went into a battle in the sideboards and came out with the puck. After beating another defender, Cody beat the Northeastern goalie glove side to tie the game at one-a-piece.

However, late in the third Northeastern would catch a lucky break that would spell defeat for the Beavers. The Huskies found themselves on the offensive end of an odd man rush with less than three minutes left in the game. The puck was shot on goal and a scramble for the lose puck in front of the crease ensued. NU’s Lindsay Berman came up with the puck and scored the game winner with 2:30 left to play in the game.

The Beavers’ penalty kill came up huge in tonight’s game. Northeastern had four power plays including one that resulted from a five-minute major that Montana Vichorek (So., Moose Lake, Minn.) picked up for checking from behind. Bemidji State was on the penalty kill for a total of 10 minutes 38 seconds. Fortunately for the Beavers they were able to kill off all the penalties and were able to keep the game close.

Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) was in net for the Beavers making 21 saves off of 23 shots.

Northeastern tender Florence Schelling stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Husky win.

Bemidji State will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m to take finish the weekend-series against the Huskies.