The Bemidji State Beavers skated to a 3-0 win over eighth-ranked North Dakota tonight at Cliff "Fido" Purper Arena to force a game three tomorrow night and finish up this WCHA playoff series.
BSU came out on a mission tonight controlling the tempo early and not allowing a shot on goal until midway through the first period. BSU's Zuzana Tomcikova pushed away any chances UND had in the first period, including a short-handed breakaway from Jocelyne Lamoureux late in the period as each team would head into the locker room without any goals.
UND had a golden opportunity to take the lead at 3:51 in the second period when Lamoureux set up Alyssa Wiebe (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) right in front of the net. Wiebe's shot was glove saved but both the goal-light and and referee signaled a goal as her glove crossed the crease. The Fighting Sioux celebrated the goal, but upon further review it was determined that the puck never crossed the line and the goal was disallowed.
The Beavers were finally able to put one past UND's Stephanie Ney and break the 0-0 tie at 15:07 in the second period with a power-play goal from Erika Wheelhouse. That goal would turn out to be the period's lone goal and eventual game-winner as BSU closed out the period holding on to a 1-0 lead.
The Sioux continued to struggle solving Tomcikova as BSU hung on to the lead and tempo of the game. Lauren Williams scored on an unassisted effort at 11:41 in the third period to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.
At 15:25 BSU's Sadie Lundquist added another unassisted goal to increase their lead to three goals. UND struggled to get pucks to the net and create any solid scoring chances as the Beavers came away with the win, forcing a game three tomorrow night in this WCHA play-off series.
Ney kept UND in the game again tonight until the third period when BSU scored their two third period goals which where both unassisted after the Beavers player was able to take possesion in the Sioux zone. She would finish with 24 saves on the night. Here only other goal allowed came on a BSU power play when off a shot from the point when she was screened.
BSU would finish the game 1-for-5 on the power play while UND went 0-for-3, but the Beavers had a combine 7:45 of power-play time compared to UND's 3:01.
The rubber match is set for 7:07 p.m. tomorrow at Purper Arena.