Beavers rally on last second goal to gain shootout win over Mavericks
Friday, November 6, 2009

MANKATO, Minn. — With one second left in the game, Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury Minn.) scored the game-tying goal to send the Bemidji State women’s hockey team into its second overtime game of the season on Friday night against the Minnesota State Mavericks. The Beavers would tie in regulation, but would get the shootout win 3-2 in 13 rounds.

The shootout win gives Bemidji State two points towards the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, while Minnesota only gets one point for the tie.

Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) had another standout night, making huge saves to help keep the Beavers in the game.

“It’s a good sign that we found a way to come back and win tonight,” said head coach Steve Setrich. “Both goalies were outstanding. Zuzana had a really solid game. She made some big saves for us, especially in the first when we started off pretty flat.”

Tomcikova finished the night with 25 saves including 11 in the third period and two in the overtime period. She stopped 11 of 13 shooters in the shootout.

Montana Vichorek (So., Moose Lake, Minn.) scored the first goal for the Beavers just under two minutes after the start of the third period. However, Minnesota State would answer back three minutes later to go up 2-1.

Bemidji State pulled its goalie with 1:12 left in the game and possessed the puck for the majority of that time. The Mavericks had a chance on an empty-net goal, but ended up icing the puck.

With the faceoff in the offensive zone, the Beavers regained possession. Erin Johnson (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) took a shot from the point. Maverick tender Alli Altmann made the save, but gave up a rebound to her side. Bauerfeld was there to put the black biscuit away scoring her second goal of the season. Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the play.

The ensuing overtime period ended in a stalemate. The shootout would end up just as deadlocked as the game. After 24 shooters, Erika Wheelhouse (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) buried the shootout-winning goal to give the Beavers the pivotal extra point toward the WCHA standings.

The Mavericks will entertain the Beavers once more tomorrow with a game time set for 3:07 p.m.