St. Cloud, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey squad (10-7-03, 8-5-3-2 WCHA) completed the weekend series sweep over St. Cloud State University (0-20-1, 0-15-1-1 WCHA) with a 3-1 victory on Saturday, Jan. 8, in the National Hockey Center.
Bemidji State's Emily Erickson tabbed two goals in the win today for the Beavers while Erin Johnson tallied the game-winner in the second frame.
Erickson first score came at the 11:33 mark of the second period on the power play. Annie Bauerfeld mis-fired on the initial shot and Erickson was waiting in front to bat the puck into the back of the Husky net, mid-air, for the go-ahead score. Erin Johnson was awarded the second helper on the goal.
Just over two minutes later the Beavers connected on a fluke play. Following coincidental penalties assessed to both squads and skating four-on-four, BSU's Johnson stick handled the puck behind the Husky net and fired a shot off the back of SCSU's defender Diana Karouzos' (Chicago, Ill.) skate past St. Cloud State's senior goalie Ashley Nixon (Blaine) to tab her third goal of the season.
The Huskies cracked the scoreboard at the 12:54 mark of the final frame with a goal from rookie forward Julia Gilbert (Hermantown). Gilbert chased down the puck in the Beaver zone to prevent an icing call and rushed towards the BSU net. It took a few tries, but eventually Gilbert battled the puck past BSU's goalie Zuzana Tomcikova for the goal to cut the Beaver lead in half at 2-1. Sydney Burghardt (Medicine Hat, Alberta) and Jocelyn Zabrick (Airdrie, Alberta) garnered the assists on the lone Husky goal of the contest.
Bemidji State erased all hopes for the Huskies when Erickson stormed down the slot and buried the puck stick side past SCSU's Nixon for her second tally of the game at 14:39. Sadie Lundquist and Erin Cody tabbed the helpers on the goal, which gave the Beavers the 3-1 advantage on the scoreboard.
The Huskies put up a valiant effort in the final minutes, pulling Nixon from net and skating for 3:09 with the extra skater advantage, however the BSU defense held strong as the Beavers skated away to the 3-1 league victory.
BSU's penalty kill held SCSU scoreless on the power play, 0-of-5, while BSU connected on 1-of-3 on the power play. BSU also out-shot the Huskies 28-23 in the win.
Nixon backstopped the Huskies with 25 saves in the loss while Tomcikova improved to 9-6-2 with the win and 22 saves on the day.
St. Cloud State will hit the road next weekend with a series at #1 Wisconsin on Friday and Sunday, Jan. 14 & 16, at the Kohl Center.