Beavers skate to 4-4 tie in WCHA opener at Ohio State
Friday, October 7, 2011
Beavers skate to 4-4 tie in WCHA opener at Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio (OSU Ice Rink) -- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team battled back from an early three goal deficit to earn its first WCHA point of the season, but fell in the shootout to Ohio State. BSU’s record now stands at 1-0-2 (0-0-1-1 WCHA) on the season. Ohio State earns the shootout victory in their first game of the season and moves to 0-0-1 (0-0-1-0 WCHA).

Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) paced BSU with two goals and one assist while Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) added three assists. Wheelhouse was once again a menace on defense blocking five OSU shots.

The Beavers got off to a slow start, falling behind OSU 0-3 off a natural hat trick for OSU’s Natalie Spooner.

BSU finally got on the board at 14:18 of second period when Emily Erickson (Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) found the back of the net with help from Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., Crookston, Minn.) and Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.), The goal was Erickson's first of the season and also served as the first points of the season for both Erickson and Wheelhouse. The assist marks the first of the career for Kelly who played on the top line with Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) and Erickson.

Minutes later the Beavers found themselves on a five on three power play when Lundquist crashed the net hard, putting the puck underneath the OSU goalie at the 18:41 mark, assisted by Montana Vichorek (Sr., Moose Lake, Minn.) and Erickson. The goal was the first of the season for Lundquist.

Erickson would pot her second goal, a power play goal, less than a minute later to knot the game at 3-3. Erika and Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., Crookston, Minn.) assisted on the goal 19:46 into the second period. Bemidji State outshot Ohio State 16-3 in the second frame.

Kristi King (So., Stillwater, Minn.) would give the Beavers the lead in the third, lifting a blast over the left shoulder of OSU goalie. King took a great feed from Abby Williams (Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.), with Erika Wheelhouse getting the second assist on the play. The goal was the first of King's Bemidji State career after transferring from University of Maine prior to the start of the 2011-12 season.

Spooner beat Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) on the power play at 4:59 in the third for her fourth goal, equalizing the game at 4-4.

With the game tied 4-4 and 8:47 to play in the third, Ohio State forward Melissa Feste went racing toward Tomcikova on a breakaway.  Vichorek chased her down from behind to break up the scoring chance, preserving the score at 4-4.

OSU nearly won the game at the end of OT when the puck found the back of the net as time expired. The would be game winner was waved-off on the ice, as time had expired. The play was reviewed with the call standing, no goal.

The Beavers and Tomcikova had no answer for Spooner, as she found the back of the net five times scoring four goals beating Tomcikova in the shootout. The game went to a shootout with Spooner finding the net yet again for the Buckeyes. Ally Tarr added a shootout goal to give Ohio State the victory.

Tomcikova allowed four Buckeye goals on the night while making 23 saves. Her record stands at 1-0-2. Chelsea Knapp played in net for OSU Friday night allowing four goals and netting 30 saves.

The shootout loss was the third straight for the Beavers against Ohio State. BSU last won a shootout against the Buckeyes Oct. 17, 2009 at John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn.

The teams play the final game of the series tomorow (Oct. 8).  The opening face off is set for 3:07 p.m.