DULUTH, Minn. - The Bulldogs strung together a little more than 215 minutes of shutout hockey over the past four games, but Saturday night it was the final 15 seconds that made the difference.
Despite outshooting Bemidji State University 38-16, the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team was stung 1-0 at AMSOIL Arena by a late game Beaver goal. The loss snaps a four-game unbeaten streak for the Bulldogs and a five-game winning streak for UMD against BSU dating back to the 2011-12 season.
"I'm really proud of our team tonight, because we played really well," said head coach Shannon Miller. "I mean we outshot them, we had unbelievable scoring chances, we just couldn't solve the problem of beating this goaltender. She was absolutely amazing, but there is no question we were the better team tonight and so it is a very painful loss for us."
The Bulldogs shelled the Beavers from the opening face-off, outshooting BSU 18-6 in the first period and 11-4 in the second stanza, but simply could not solve the riddle between the pipes that was Beaver netminder Brittni Mowat.
BSU then broke the stalemate with 15 seconds remaining in the game when Ivana Bilic skated from the extended goal line, beating UMD goaltender Kayla Black over her left shoulder into the top netting. The power-play score originally was not called but as time expired, further video review awarded the Beavers the game-winning goal.
Black had 15 saves on the night, while BSU's Mowat made 38. Meghan Huertas led UMD with seven shots, while both Zoe Hickel and Bailey Wright had five apiece.
The Bulldogs will be right back out on the ice of AMSOIL to host Team Russia Tuesday night. The exhibition game is slated to start at 6:07 p.m.