Early goals seal fate as (6/7) Minnesota Duluth sinks BSU 4-1
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Early goals seal fate as (6/7) Minnesota Duluth sinks BSU 4-1
DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Duluth, ranked No. 6 and No. 7 in the two national women’s hockey polls, used three goals in the first 10 minutes of play to skate past the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team in the series opener Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. The Beavers fall to 8-4-2 (4-4-1 WCHA) with the loss. Minnesota Duluth picks up only their second conference victory as they improve to 6-4-1 (3-3-2 WCHA). The Beavers fall to 2-3-2 in first games of a two-game series. The loss is also the second for the Beavers on a Saturday who previously held a 5-1-0 mark in games played on Saturday.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard only four minutes into Saturday night’s contest as Jessica Wong tallied her fifth goal of the season on the power-play opportunity for Minnesota Duluth. The goal is only the fifth on the season allowed by the BSU penalty kill unit which came into the weekend ranked among the top five penalty kill units in the nation. Katie Wilson and Audrey Coumoyer had assists on the goal.

The Beavers answered just minutes later on a power-play opportunity of their own tying the game 1-1 at the 6:41 mark in the first period. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) fired the puck towards the goal where UMD goaltender Jennifer Harss was unable to corral the puck giving Vichorek the goal. The score was Vichorek’s sixth of the season and Bemidji State’s 19th power-play goal surpassing the team’s total for power play goals for the entirety of the 2010-11 season (18). The goal was assisted by Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.). The assists were the ninth of the season for Wheelhouse and 10th of the year for Erickson.

The Bulldogs went up 2-1 at the 9:38 mark in the first period when Coumoyer netted the puck putting UMD ahead 2-1 off assists from Jenna McParland and Shara Jasper.

Not even a minute later Haley Irwin extended the lead to 3-1 at the 10:35 mark in the first period off assists from Brigette Lacquette and McParland.

The Beavers had a golden opportunity to close the gap thwarted in the middle of the second period as they went on a five on three power-play opportunity after a hooking penalty by Vanessa Thibault and a cross-checking call went to Lacquette. The Beavers were unable to find the net as the score remained 3-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Coumoyer moved past three BSU players and found of the back of the net as the second period was about to come to a close to put UMD ahead 4-1 in the game. Lacquette and Wilson had assists on the goal, Coumoyer’s second of the game.

Minnesota Duluth outshot Bemidji State 33-29 on the night. Coumoyer had five shots on goal for the Bulldogs while Pernille Winberg added four shots on goal. The Beavers were paced by four shots on goal by Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) and M.Wheelhouse.

Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) suffers the loss for the Beavers as she falls to 5-4-2 on the season. Tomcikova netted 29 saves and allowed four goals on the afternoon.

Harss picks up the win for Minnesota Duluth as she picked up 26 saves on the night. Lena Steck played eight minutes of the game and  had two saves.

BSU falls to 1-51-2 all-time against the Bulldogs. The Beavers only win came last season in a 1-0 win over Minnesota Duluth Nov. 5, 2010 at Sanford Center. The Beavers will look to even the series in game two at AMSOIL Arena tomorrow at 3:07 p.m.