January 21, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Scoring Summary
213:29UMNJen Schoullis (Amanda Kessel )
214:08UMNJen Schoullis (Sarah Erickson , Megan Bozek)
216:52BSULundquist, Sadie (Vichorek, Montana )
304:55BSUHuber, Kristin
314:47UMNEmily West (Kelly Terry )
319:11BSUWheelhouse, Erika (Wheelhouse, Marlee , Lundquist, Sadie)
Shootout Summary
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUTomcikova, Zuzana64:443042
UMNNoora Raty64:563026
Statistical ComparisonBSUUMN
Shots on Goal2945
Power Plays2-41-5
Late goal from E. Wheelhouse sends BSU to 3-3 tie with No. 2 Minnesota
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Late goal from E. Wheelhouse sends BSU to 3-3 tie with No. 2 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -  BSU used a goal with 49 seconds left from Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) to help earn a tie against the No. 2 University of Minnesota Saturday night at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The Beavers came back several times in the game as they proved they could hang with one of the top teams in the nation. BSU’s record now stands at 14-10-3 (8-10-2 WCHA). Minnesota’s record now stands at 20-4-2 (14-4-2). The Golden Gophers picked up the shootout win giving BSU its second shootout loss of the season, their first coming to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio earlier this season.

The story for over one-and-a-half periods was the goaltenders in between the pipes for both teams. Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) and Noora Raty showed why they are considered two of the best netminders in the world as they kept the opposing teams out of the net to open the game despite several prime chances.

After nearly two periods of scoreless hockey Jen Schoullis lifted the lid on the goal as she tallied two goals for the Golden Gophers within 39 seconds. The first goal came as Amanda Kessel won the face-off in the Bemidji State defensive zone and immediately found Schoullis on the other side of the goal where she put it past Tomcikova. Her second goal came after Tomcikova failed to put away a shot from Sarah Erickson. Schoullis cleaned up the miss on the back side of the goal putting it past Tomcikova. The goals were the 16th and 17th of the season for Schoullis. Kessel added her 28th assist of the year while Erickson tallied her 16th assist of the year.  Megan Bozek also had an assist on the second goal, her 16th of the year.

BSU scrapped its way back into it when Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) found the net for BSU’s 28th power-play goal of the season. Lundquist shot the puck from the circle and it rattled in past Raty. The goal gave Lundquist the all-time lead for power-play goals in a season with seven. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) had the assist on the goal. The assist for Vichorek makes her the all-time leader in assists by a defenseman and was her 17th of the season.

BSU had a prime chance to even the slate early in the third period on a short-handed chance as Abby Williams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.) played a beautiful pass to Molly Arola (Jr., F, Walker, Minn.) who was unable to get a good handle on it and had her shot go wide.

The Beavers took momentum after a Sarah Erickson penalty for Minnesota put her in the sin bin. The Beavers had two early chances on the man advantage from E. Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) but it was Kristin Huber’s (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) unassisted ace that evened the slate 2-2 4:55 into the third period. The netter was Huber’s fifth of the season and her second of the weekend. The goal was BSU’s second on the power play on the day and its 29th of the season.

Minnesota took the lead 3-2 when Emily West built on her already strong weekend with a short-handed goal at the 14:47 mark in the third period as Kelly Terry found West on the breakaway where West beat Tomcikova for the goal. The netter was West’s third of the weekend and her 12th of the season. The assist was Terry’s 12th of the year.

With one minute remaining BSU pulled Tomcikova from net in favor of the extra skater. With 49 seconds remaining BSU put a plethora of shots on net with E. Wheelhouse finding the net for the Beavers in a desperate situation. The goal was E. Wheelhouse’s sixth of the season. The younger of the Wheelhouse sisters was waiting beside the net where she put away an attempt from her sister M. Wheelhouse. M. Wheelhouse notched her 16th assist of the season on the goal.  Lundquist also added an assist, her 19th of the season.

Minnesota had a couple of great chances in overtime as Mira Jalusuo played a one-timer saved by Tomcikova. Soon after Terry had a shot from the kill zone with another clutch save by the BSU netminder.

The Golden Gophers had another opportunity with a shot from Schleper, Terry attempted to clean up the shot but was unable to wrangle the puck.

Minnesota and Bemidji State went into a shootout where two converted shots from West and Kessel gave Minnesota the shootout win. The Beavers were still able to get a point from the No. 2 team in the nation. BSU is only one of two teams to not lose to the Golden Gophers on its home ice. No. 1 Wisconsin was the other team, as they also earned a tie against Minnesota this season at Ridder Arena.

Tomcikova ended the game with 42 saves while allowing three goals. Raty had 26 saves while also allowing three goals.

The Beavers will head to No. 1 Wisconsin next weekend for a series at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.