|January 04, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||13:15||SCSU||Burke, Michelle (Kelly, Skye , Burghardt, Sydney)|
|3||04:12||BSU||Natasha Kostenko (Alex Citrowske , Megan Lushanko)|
|3||04:43||BSU||Kristin Huber (Emily Erickson , Sadie Lundquist)|
|3||12:03||SCSU||Brodt, Hanna (Hanmer, Audrey , Burghardt, Sydney)|
|3||12:52||SCSU||Mott, Molli (Schmid, Haylea , Nelson, Alex)|
|3||19:38||SCSU||Gilbert, Julia (Mott, Molli , Coen, Cari)|
|Shots on Goal||31||28|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (National Hockey Center) – In its first game of the New Year, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team rallied to take a third-period lead over St. Cloud State University, but fell short in a 4-2 loss at the National Hockey Center Friday afternoon. The defeat drops the Beavers’ 2012-13 record to 3-14-2 with a 2-12-1-0 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
After winning 10 consecutive games against SCSU prior to this season, BSU has dropped all three contests to the Huskies this season after St. Cloud State spoiled the Beavers’ home and WCHA-opening series with 3-1 and 1-0 wins. Bemidji State is now 7-5-2 since 2000 in its first game of a new calendar year.
Friday’s game got off to a late start due to an ice-resurfacing malfunction and the first period that followed didn’t include any scoring as the Huskies held a 7-6 shots advantage after 20 minutes.
The Beavers and Huskies, who combined for five goals in their October series were caught in a defensive stalemate again until SCSU’s Michelle Burke collected a Skye Kelly rebound and beat BSU goaltender Abby Ryplanski (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba) upstairs to give St. Cloud State the 1-0 lead at the 13:15 mark. The score held through the second intermission.
Ryplanski finished with 24 saves in her first start since Nov. 9, returning from injury.
Bemidji State staged a furious rally in the early stages of the final frame when sophomores Natasha Kostenko (F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) and Kristin Huber (F, Kelowna, British Columbia) scored 29 seconds apart to give the Beavers a temporary 2-1 lead. Alex Citrowske (So., F, Savage, Minn.) and Megan Lushanko assisted on Kostenko’s team-leading sixth goal of the season, while BSU conference scoring leaders Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) picked up helpers on Huber’s tally.
St. Cloud State, however, would go on a run of its own, scoring three consecutive goals to steal the win late in the third.
Hanna Brodt and Molli Mott scored in rapid succession to put SCSU up 3-2 with 7:08 remaining in regulation. Brodt registered her first goal of the season and Mott capitalized on the Huskies’ lone power-play chance of the game 49 seconds later. With Ryplanski pulled for an extra attacker, BSU generated multiple scoring chances, but could not convert before Julia Gilbert sealed the St. Cloud State win with an empty-net goal with 22 ticks remaining.
The loss was BSU’s sixth in a row dating back to a Nov. 23 victory over Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kostenko’s goal snapped a 115:56 scoreless drought against SCSU and a 107:40 goalless stretch for the team overall for the team dating back to a Huber goal Dec. 7 against top-ranked University of Minnesota.
Bemidji State will finish its season series against SCSU tomorrow afternoon at 2:07 before returning home for a duel with Minnesota State, where it will seek its first win at the Sanford Center after an 0-9-1 start to the season.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).