It took 50 games, but the Bemidji State University finally snuck by the No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team.
The Bulldogs -- playing with just 14 skaters -- suffered their first setback at the hands of the Beavers by a score of 1-0 Friday night at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., The loss snaps UMD's winning streak of six-straight games prior to the skate and drops the Bulldogs to 7-2-0 overall and 5-2-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action. UMD is now 47-1-2 all-time against the Beavers.
Missing current scoring leader junior forward Haley Irwin and blueline stalwart Jocelyne Larocque to Team Canada duty, as well as senior defenseman Tara Gray (out due to a concussion suffered last weekend), the Bulldogs knew they had a tough assignment. UMD -- which had not been shutout on the road since Oct. 17, 2009, was held scoreless, a vast departure for a team averaging 4.50 goals per game and one of the highest scoring teams in the NCAA. Out shot in the first period 11-9, the Bulldogs out-shelled the Beavers 29-20 in the final two periods of play, but it was BSU who would net the only goal of the game in the third stanza.
Beaver forward Emily Erickson scored a power-play goal at 13:25 to stun the Bulldogs who were 0-of-3 with the man advantage, while BSU was 1-of-5. UMD goaltender Kim Martin made 30 saves in the contest, while her BSU counterpart Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 38 Bulldog attempts.
Both teams will square off again tomorrow night at the Sanford Center, with the puck set to drop at 6:07 p.m.
Courtesy: UMD Athletics