BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team used three first period goals to upend No. 6 University of North Dakota 3-2. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) netted the game-winner for BSU and Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) kept the Fighting Sioux at bay late as BSU picked up three points in WCHA play. The win marks the fourth of the season for BSU over a ranked opponent as they have defeated No. 2 University of Minnesota, No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth, No. 6 North Dakota and No. 10 Providence College. The win also improves BSU’s record to 7-1-0 in game two of a series with their only loss coming to Ohio State University early in the season.
BSU improves to 10-5-2 (6-5-1-1 WCHA) on the season. North Dakota falls to 10-4-1 (7-4-1) with the loss.
The Beavers came out and controlled the first period scoring three goals in the first period, a frame in which BSU has struggled all season with only 13 goals to nine for their opponents coming into Saturday night’s contest.
Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.) got the Beaver first-half onslaught started as she found the goal three minutes in off a rebound of an Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) attempt from the blue line and a second shot on net from the kill zone The goal was Williams’ third of the season. The assist was the 13th of the season for Wheelhouse.
Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) added to the BSU lead at the 8:17 as she ripped a shot from the top of the circle off an Erickson assist. E. Wheelhouse was credited with a second assist on the goal. The netter was Lieder’s second of the season. The assist serves as Erickson’s 12th of the year and Wheelhouse’s 14th.
After the second goal the Fighting SIoux pulled Stephanie Ney, who had given up two Beaver goals, and inserted back-up netminder Jorid Dagfinrud.
The Beaver first-period barrage ended as the Beavers would go ahead 3-0 as Erickson chipped in a shot from the circle over the left shoulder of Dagfinrud. The puck was played off a wide shot up the boards by Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) who found Erickson. The goal was Erickson’s ninth of the season. The assists were Lundquist’s 17th of the year and Chapman’s second.
The Beavers would hold a 3-0 lead going into the second period. North Dakota came out of the second period on a mission to decrease their three-goal deficit. The FIghting Sioux got on the board at the 8:15 mark as Jocelyne Lamoureux found the net off a Mary Loken assist.
Candace Molle would close the North Dakota deficit to 3-2 as she scored a goal on a power-play off assists from J. Lamoureux and Michelle Karvinen.
The score was 3-2 advantage Bemidji State heading into the third period.
BSU would look for their fourth goal to widen their lead through the third period but neither team was able to find the net despite a five minute power-play opportunity for the Beavers following a game misconduct penalty given to UND’s Alyssa Wiebe for checking from behind. Wiebe would be forced to exit the game, however the FIghting Sioux was able to kill off the penalty.
North Dakota was also unsuccessful on 15 attempts in the third due in large part to the play of Tomcikova in net. The BSU back stop would end the game with 45 saves and she allowed two goals.
Dagfinrud takes the loss for UND after giving up the game-winner to Erickson. She played 48 minutes in net and made 22 saves after the exit of Ney nine minutes into Saturday night’s contest. Ney had three saves in her limited time.
Saturday’s win was also unique in that BSU did not score a power-play goal and relied on three even strength goals. The Beavers came into the contest as one of the nation’s leaders on the man advantage with 23 goals on the year.
The Beavers will have a week off before taking on the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers at Sanford Center Dec. 9 and 10.