BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team heavily outshot the University of Maine for the second consecutive night, but could not come up with a win at the Sanford Center on Saturday as the teams played to a 2-2 tie. The Black Bears won the ensuing shootout 2-1. BSU is now 2-6-2 on the season and Maine is now 2-7-1 after its most successful weekend of the season, in which it came out with a win and a tie.
The Beavers outshot Maine 38-16 on the night and 98-36 on the weekend, but emerged with a loss and a tie.
The first period was free flowing and the game did not see a whistle until the 8:23 mark. Maine's Brittany Dougherty opened the scoring with 5:10 to go, but BSU knotted the score just 42 seconds later when Danielle Williams (Jr., D/F, Waconia, Minn.) picked off an errant Black Bear breakout pass and fired a shot on goal. Maine netminder Brittany Ott stopped the shot, but MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ont.) was waiting on the doorstep to bury the rebound.
Thurston's marker, her second of the season, capped the scoring in a penalty-free first period. The assist was Williams' first point of the season. After entering Friday's game in the second period, a 4-3 comeback win for Maine, Ott saved the first 47 shots she faced before Thurston got Bemidji State on the board.
In the middle stanza, the Beavers picked up the offensive tempo and claimed a 16-1 shot advantage. BSU earned its only lead of the night when Lauren Merkley (Fr., D, Mississauga, Ont.) potted her first career goal by collecting the puck in the slot and sneaking a quick shot under the crossbar to make it 2-1. Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) tallied her fourth point of the season with an assist on the play and Allie Duellman (Jr., D, Maplewood, Minn.) got on the scoresheet for the first time in 2012-13 with the secondary helper.
Maine picked up its play in the third period and tied the game at two when Dougherty beat Jessica Havel (Sr., G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) on a nice individual effort for her second goal of the game at the 7:17 mark.
From there, Havel and Ott held down the fort between the pipes to preserve the 2-2 tie. In the shootout, Maine's Hailey Browne and BSU's Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) exchanged first-round goals and Havel and Ott each kept the next two shooters off the board. Freshman Audra Richards scored the game-deciding goal for the Black Bears in the fourth round.
Havel finished with 14 saves, while Ott stopped 36 Beaver offerings.
Maine now holds a 4-2-1 edge in the all-time series against the Beavers after BSU swept the Black Bears on the road last season. Bemidji State finishes the season with a 1-2-1 record against nonconference foes and will conclude the season with 22 conference contests in a row.
The Beavers will get right back to action at home next week when in welcomes the University of North Dakota to town for a WCHA series. UND ended the Beavers' season last year with a first-round playoff sweep.