North Dakota ices BSU offense
Friday, February 12, 2010
North Dakota ices BSU offense
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team couldn’t get the puck to bounce it’s way Friday night as the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux blanked the Beavers 2-0 at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

With the loss, Bemidji State (9-15-7, 8-10-7-3 WCHA) now drops to fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after St. Cloud State picked up a shootout victory over Minnesota on Friday night to jump up to third place surpassing both Wisconsin and Bemidji State in the standings.

BSU started cold only producing 13 shots on goal in the first two periods. North Dakota put up 32 shots in those two periods as it controlled the flow of the game. However, Bemidji State tender Alana McElhinney (So., Calgary, Alberta) put up a brick wall not allowing anything past her.

Entering the third period deadlocked, UND had not taken a single penalty. At the 5:41 mark of the third Jordan Slavin went to the box for a tripping penalty giving Bemidji State its first power play of the game. The Sioux would get two more consecutive penalties in the period. The Beavers had a total of 10 power-play shots on goal during the three man-advantages, but UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud turned all of them away.

Alyssa Wiebe scored the game-winning goal for North Dakota as she carried the puck into the Beaver zone and cut across the slot slipping the puck past a screened McElhinney at the 14:28 mark of the third period.

With under one minute left in the game, McElhinney went to the bench for an extra attacker. However, Erin Cody (Jr., For., Roseville, Minn.) was called for hooking with 51 seconds left in the game. After BSU got the puck out of their zone, the Beavers took a chance with an empty net .to go five-on-five in the remaining seconds looking to equalize. Unfortunately, UND got the puck out of their zone and scored an empty-netter with three seconds left to secure the win.

Dagfinrud turned away a total of 37 shots in the game, including 24 in the third period alone, to claim the shutout victory. McElhinney made 36 saves on 37 shots.

The game was the first time this season that Bemidji State has failed to score a goal. The last time BSU suffered a shutout loss was on February 20, 2009 at Wisconsin.

The Beavers will finish out the regular-season series against the Sioux tomorrow night at the Ralph Engelstad Arean in Grand Forks, N.D. at 7:07 p.m.

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