For only the second time in 56 all-time meetings, Bemidji State University solved the mystery that has been the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team Sunday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena.
The No. 6 Bulldogs mounted a late third period comeback, but in the end it wasn't enough as the Beavers escaped with a 4-3 win over UMD. The Bulldogs are now 51-2-3 against BSU and fall to 5-6-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
"Bemidji won the foot races, they won the battles and that's how they won the game," said head coach Shannon Miller after the contest. "We lacked discipline with our systems, following the game plan and that clearly assisted with the loss."
Vanessa Thibault put UMD on the board early with a power-play goal off a rebound a quick 1:50 into the first period. The lone tally of the second period was in favor of Bemidji, a score by Emily Erickson to knot the game up at 1-1 at 8:38.
BSU went ahead 3:03 into the third period on Montana Vichorek's second goal of the series, a power-play strike from the hash marks through traffic. 15 seconds later the Beavers doubled their lead on a breakaway goal by Erickson to take the 3-1 advantage. Bulldog forward Audrey Cournoyer netted her third goal of the series at 8:36 to bring UMD within one, but another power-play goal by BSU at 14:46 pushed the Bulldog deficit back to two goals.
Rookie forward Zoe Hickel drew UMD closer with 37 seconds remaining, but the Bulldogs -- who outshot BSU 39-27 in the game -- were unable to find the equalizer.
Jennifer Harss made 23 saves for the Bulldogs, while her counterpart Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 36 for the now 9-4-1 Beavers.
UMD will travel to Columbus, Ohio next weekend to face Ohio State. Game-time Friday is set for 7:07 ET, while Saturday's contest is slated for 4:07 p.m.