Beavers gain first sweep of season over Fighting Sioux in OT
Sunday, December 6, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn.Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) scored two more goals against North Dakota on the weekend and tallied an assist on Sunday night at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. Cody scored the game-winning goal just 55 seconds into overtime to help the Bemidji State women’s hockey team gain its first sweep this season over North Dakota 3-2. Sadie Lundquist (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) also had a tremendous night assisting on all-three Beaver goals.

“It wasn’t a pretty game and I think it was because both teams were tired,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “However, we persevered and found a way to win again tonight.”

Bemidji State now improves to 6-10-2 (5-5-2-2 WCHA) while North Dakota drops to 3-8-3 (3-8-1-0 WCHA). BSU sits firmly at fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 14 points; three points ahead of Ohio State and St. Cloud State while just one point shy of Wisconsin in third.

Jackie Robertson (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) netted her first goal of the season to put BSU on top first. The goal was created when Cody and Lundquist cycled the puck in the North Dakota corner. Lunquist got open behind the goal line when she saw Robertson collapsing from the point for the open shot. Robertson didn’t falter and lit the red lamp for her third time in her career.

The Fighting Sioux wouldn’t prove as accommodating as the night before and would retaliate with a goal of their own before closing out the first period. Susanne Fellner took a high shot from point. The traffic in front of the net screened Zuzana Tocikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) and the puck arched back after passing Tomcikova landing in the top corner of the net giving UND its first goal of the game.

Starting off the second period, Cody would put the Beavers back on top. Lundquist gave a pass off to Marlee Wheelhouse (So., Crookston, Minn.) who took a shot from the left face-off circle. Her shot got blocked by a defender, but Wheelhouse chased it down and put it back on net. The rebound went to UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud’s left and Cody got there first putting it in the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season. Bemidji State would finish out the period with the 2-1 lead.

The Fighting Sioux came out in the third fired-up and equalized the score just over two minutes into the third. Alyssa Wiebe got a break-away goal to bring UND’s hope for a win back into fruition. Bemidji State would try to battle back looking for the game-winner in the third, but North Dakota would win the third, out shooting BSU 12-6 and forcing overtime to decide the winner.

Once again Cody would step-up for the Beavers scoring a quick overtime goal giving BSU its first sweep of the season. Cody scored her second goal of the game and fourth of the weekend just 55 seconds into the start of the OT period. Lundquist recorded her third assist of the game when she dished the puck out from the corner to Cody who was wide open in the slot.

“Sadie [Lundquist] had a great night,” Sertich said. “She wasn’t playing like a freshman out there. She really created that last goal when she carried the puck out of the corner and had the vision to see Cody moving in front of the net.”

This marks the second time BSU has gained four points from a weekend series, but the first time it has come from a sweep. The first four-point weekend came when the Beavers took the Minnesota State Mavericks to a shootout and won on Nov. 6, before winning 3-1 the next night.

“It was important for us to get four points this weekend,” Sertich said. “We came in looking for four points and although we didn’t play that well it was a good sign to see that we still found a way to win.”

Tomcikova made 27 saves on the night recording a .931 save percentage. Her efforts towards the end of the game helped keep BSU’s hope of a win alive. She made a spectacular series of saves toward the end of the game including a sprawling-diving save to her left which left her without her stick. She then made another save right after that without the aid of her stick.

The Beavers combined for a total of 15 blocked shots including three each by Robertson, Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Molly Arola (Fr., Walker, Minn.).

Bemidji State is undefeated when scoring three goals in a game (4-0-0) and are 6-3-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.

The win was the first overtime result other than a shoot-out win (1-0-2-2 in OT).

Bemidji State will return to the ice next weekend when they travel to Duluth to take on WCHA-foe University of Minnesota Duluth for a weekend series before taking a break for the winter holiday season. The games are set for Saturday Dec. 12 and Sunday Dec. 13 with both games starting at 3:07 p.m.