December 11, 20101st2nd3rdOTFinal
Bemidji State01001
Minnesota State00101
Scoring Summary
216:43BSUCody, Erin (Wheelhouse, Erika , Erickson, Emily)
311:01MSUMoira O'Connor (Lauren Smith , Emilia Andersson)
Shootout Summary
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUTomcikova, Zuzana65:001018
MSUAlli Altmann65:001025
Statistical ComparisonBSUMSU
Shots on Goal2619
Power Plays0-30-2
BSU ties MSU 1-1, win shootout 2-1 in three rounds
Saturday, December 11, 2010
BSU ties MSU 1-1, win shootout 2-1 in three rounds
MANKATO, Minn. – It was the fourth overtime game and third shootout of the season as Saturday’s afternoon Bemidji State University women’s hockey game against Minnesota State University, Mankato ended in a 1-1 tie. With the 2-1 shootout win, the Beavers finished the weekend with five conference standing points.

“Our D-corps played well today and Minnesota State put a lot of pressure on us at certain points in the game, but those guys did a great job back there,” said head coach Steve Sertich.

The first period of action saw the Beavers get the most chances on offense as they out-shot the Mavericks 10-14. However, MSU had a couple opportunities from odd man breaks and scrambles including one at 13:30 of the period where Bemidji State tender Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., Bratislava, Slovakia) was drawn out of position after making first and second saves. Luckily for the Beavers, the defensive corps was able to block or clear out any good chances the Mavericks had.

Minnesota State entered the second period looking to change things around and while BSU out-shot them 9-4 in the period, MSU did a better job of containing the puck and setting up in the opposing zone. The Beavers suffered a scare at the 10:17 mark when MSU’s Moira O’Conner put the puck on net and had it trickle in after the referees blew the play dead. The play was reviewed and confirmed that the puck had crossed the goal line after the whistle and was therefore not a goal.

It took the first 15 minutes for the Beavers to start generating any challenging offense in the period. With 3:17 left in the period, Emily Erickson (R-So., Fwd., Coleraine, Minn.) passed the puck to the point over to Erika Wheelhouse (So., Def., Crookston, Minn.). With traffic in front of the net, Wheelhouse wound-up and took a slap shot from the point. On the way to the net, the shot was redirected by Erin Cody (Sr., Fwd., Roseville, Minn.). The redirection beat MSU tender Alli Altmann and went into the back of the net for Cody’s 12th goal of the season.

The goal seemed to jump start the Beavers and again they control of the flow of the game. With three seconds remaining in the period MSU’s Lauren Smith went to the box for body checking giving the Beavers a 1:57 power play to start the third period. Bemidji State had some good chances on net during the man advantage, but unfortunately was unable to find the back of the net.

Later in the third MSU’s O’Conner found the back of the Beaver net to give Minnesota State the tying goal at the 11:01 mark.  The goal seemed to energize both teams as both went on the prowl to find the go-ahead goal. In the waning minutes of the third period neither goalie wanted to concede the game-winner and extra time was needed for a second game in a row.

In the overtime period Bemidji State started off with a good series of offense that saw Cody get a stretching shot off from the slot, but it was turned-away by Altmann. After the quick series, MSU gained possession in the BSU zone attempting to fine the golden goal. The Mavericks looked determined not to drop another OT game and didn’t give up any more chances for Bemidji State.

With the 1-1 tie in the books, the Beavers and Mavericks headed into a shootout to determine who would walk away with the extra point in conference standings.

Sadie Lundquist (So., Fwd., Cloquet, Minn.) went first and made a nice move to her right side, but Altmann got her skate on it to make the save. Kathleen Rogan went next for MSU and beat Tomcikova through her five-hole.

Cody shot second for BSU and put the puck into Altmann before it trickled past her arms and into the back of the net to tie the shootout at 1-1. Shooting second for the Mavericks was Lauren Smith who made a move from her right to left and beat Tomcikova. Luckily, Tomcikova recovered and reached out breaking up the shot with her stick, turning the shot wide of the net.

Erickson shot last for the Beavers. Coming down into the zone, Erickson faked a shot with a leg lift before firing the puck past Altmann’s blocker to put BSU up 2-1 in the shootout. The pressure was on Tomcikova to make the save on MSU’s next skater Jackie Otto. Otto made a move to her left and found nothing, but the leg pad of Tomcikova.

The Beavers are finished for the 2010 calendar year and will return to the ice as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the Huskies over the Jan. 7-8 weekend.

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