Beavers fall short to No. 3 Minnesota Duluth
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Beavers fall short to No. 3 Minnesota Duluth
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision Saturday afternoon to the No. 3 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at the final game in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. The loss gives UMD the weekend sweep and BSU is now 0-46-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University picked up a shoot-out win forcing a tie for fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Bemidji State (10-17-7, 9-12-7-3 WCHA). Ohio State owns the tie breaker over the Beavers, and BSU will drop to the sixth seed for playoffs, traveling to St. Cloud State for the first round series.

The tie for fifth place is the highest finish for Bemidji State in the WCHA since the induction of eight teams into the conference.

“I think the effort was there and we had good chances, we just couldn’t find a way to score today,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “Our specialty teams were okay today, and I’ve said before that for us to win in this league we need to find ways of scoring on the power play.”

Special teams was an important factor in the game for BSU as the Beavers had six power-play opportunities while going on the PK four times. Bemidji State was unable to convert on any of the man-advantages, and successfully killed off three-of-four penalties.

The Bulldogs controlled flow of the game even though the Beavers had more shots on goal, 34-25. Minnesota Duluth scored one goal each period en route to their shutout victory.

UMD goalie Jennifer Harss stopped all 34 Beaver shots to help her team win first place in the WCHA.

Playing in their last regular season games of their careers, seniors Jackie Robertson (Def., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Franny Dorr (For., Roseville, Minn.), and Nicole Rawlings (For., Maplewood, Minn.) also had their last games in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

“We wish we could have won, but it was still fun and it was more exciting that it was the last game in the Glas,” said Robertson.

Bemidji State will travel to St. Cloud next weekend for a best-of-three-games series against the Huskies on Feb. 26-28. Earlier this season when BSU traveled to St. Cloud, the Beavers lost the first game of the weekend before forcing a tie the following day.

“It will be interesting to see if Zuzana Tomcikova will be ready to play” Sertich said. “We’ll have to work on our special teams. St. Cloud State scored several goals against Ohio State on their power play. They have four or five dangerous forwards and we’re going to have to take care of that.”

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