BSU picks up 10th win at North Dakota
Saturday, February 13, 2010
BSU picks up 10th win at North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team led by Alana McElhinney (So., G., Calgary, Alberta) in net, shut out the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1-0 Saturday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The win was McElhinney’s second of the season along with her second shutout.

“The game was sluggish and sloppy and it definitely wasn’t a pretty game to watch,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “However, we persevered and again found a way to win like we’ve done all year.”

With the win Bemidji State’s record improves to 10-15-7 (8-10-7-3 WCHA) good for 28 points and fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Wisconsin now sits in fifth with 27 points, but still has a game to play Sunday afternoon against Minnesota State.

The first period of play saw the Beavers out-shooting the Sioux 9-4, but neither team could find the back of the net. Erin Cody (Jr., For., Roseville, Minn.) and Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., For., Woodbury, Minn.) had a chance to score an early goal on a two-on-one chance, but UND goalie Stephanie Ney was able to make the stop for the Sioux.

The second period wasn’t much different, except for North Dakota controlled the shot department out-shooting Bemidji State 9-5 in the period. BSU successfully killed off three penalties in the second.

In the third period McElhinney made a hug save to keep the game scoreless. The Sioux found their top scorer Alyssa Wiebe on a break-away opportunity. Wiebe came in and deked to the right, but McElhinney followed keeping the game scoreless.

With 1:05 left in the game UND’s Candace Molle was called for a two-minute minor for roughing. On the ensuing power-play  Bauerfeld picked up the puck from a rebound in the corner before dishing it off to Montana Vichorek (so., Def., Moose Lake, Minn.). Vichorek saw nothing in the middle and played to the right-side point to Keirstin Visser (Fr., Def., Crapuad, Prince Edward Island). Visser’s shot was deflected off UND traffic in front of the net and beat Ney over the shoulder. The goal came with just under 20 seconds left in the game and gave Bemidji State its 10th win on the season.

McElhinney made 17 saves to record her second career shutout. On the weekend she made 53 saves recording a .981 save percentage. In the past three games, McElhinney has made 89 saves only allowing one goal.

Bemidji State will wrap up the regular season next weekend as the Beavers play host to the University of Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 19-20. The games will decide BSU’s final placement in the WCHA standings. It will also determine whether or not Bemidji State will have to travel for the WCHA Playoffs, as the top-four teams host the lower four.

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