The University of Minnesota women's hockey team tied Bemidji State 3-3 this afternoon at Ridder Arena, but was able to get a 2-0 shootout win for an extra point in the WCHA standings. Senior Jen Schoullis had two goals for the Gophers tonight, while Emily West had one. West and Amanda Kessel scored for Minnesota in the shootout.
Both teams were scoreless in the first period, despite the Gophers having two power play opportunities. Minnesota outshot Bemidji State 16-6 in the opening period, recording three shots on goal in each of the power plays.
The Gophers got on the board with a Jen Schoullis goal 13 minutes, 29 seconds into the second period, assisted by Amanda Kessel. Minnesota extended its lead to two goals when Schoullis struck again just 39 seconds later, this time assisted by Sarah Erickson and Megan Bozek.
Bemidji State got a goal of its own before the second period ended as Sadie Lundquist netted a power play goal with just over three minutes remaining in the period, assisted by Montana Vichorek. The score remained 2-1 into the intermission. The Gophers and Beavers were even in shots in the second period with 13 apiece.
The Beavers tied up the score at 2-2 when Kristin Huber scored unassisted five minutes into the third period. The goal was the second power play goal of the game for Bemidji State.
With 14:47 on the game clock and Sarah Davis in the penalty box, Emily West scored her first goal of the game and third of the weekend with an assist from Kelly Terry. The shorthanded goal was just the third for the Gophers this season, with West scoring all three shorthanded goals. The last time Minnesota had a shorthanded goal was against St. Cloud State on Oct. 7, 2011 in a 6-0 victory. West's goal gave the Gophers a 3-2 lead.
Bemidji State's goalie, Zuzana Tomcikova, left the net with just over a minute remaining in the game, giving the Beavers an extra skater. BSU capitalized with the advantage, getting a goal with 49 seconds remaining in the game to tie the score at 3-3. Erika Wheelhouse scored for the Beavers, assisted by Marlee Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist. With Bemidji State's first two goals coming on the power play and the third coming with an extra skater, Minnesota did not give up a goal at even strength in the game.
With the score tied at three, the game went into overtime. The Gophers tallied six shots in the extra period to the Beavers' one, but neither team was able to score, sending the game to a shootout. The game marked Minnesota's second shootout of the season after tying Wisconsin 3-3 on Jan. 6, with the Badgers winning that shootout 1-0.
Emily West took Minnesota's first attempt, and scored. Sadie Lundquist took the first attempt for Bemidji State, and missed. Amanda Kessel was up next for the Gophers, and scored. Emily Erickson was up next for the Beavers, and missed, giving Minnesota the shootout win and extra point in the WCHA standings.
With the tie, Minnesota is 20-4-2 this season, including a 14-4-2 mark in conference play. Bemidji State is now 14-10-3, and 8-10-2 in WCHA games.
Minnesota will next be in action at Minnesota State next weekend. Games are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.