St. Cloud, Minn. -- Returning to Western Collegiate Hockey Association action for the first time in 2011, the St. Cloud State University women's hockey squad (0-19-1, 0-14-1-1 WCHA) was upended by Bemidji State University (9-7-3, 7-5-3-2 WCHA) by a score of 3-1 on Friday afternoon, Jan. 7, in the National Hockey Center.
The Huskies and the Beavers skated to nearly a scoreless first frame until BSU's Erin Cody netted her 13th score of the season with just 16 ticks left on the clock. Amongst a flurry in front of the Husky net, Cody lifted the puck off her stick to go top-shelf past SCSU's senior netminder Ashley Nixon (Blaine). Montana Vichorek and Emily Erickson were awarded the assists on the go-ahead goal.
St. Cloud State's sophomore forward Haylea Schmid (Oak Grove) evened the score at 1-1 early in the second period. The Huskies rushed into the Beaver zone and sent a flurry of shots on net. BSU's goalie Zuzana Tomcikova was able to make the first two saves, laying out for both. The puck trickled out of Tomcikova's glove and Schmid was waiting in front to bang home her second tally of the season at the 1:39 mark. Linemate Sydney Burghardt carded the lone helper on the scoring play.
Bemidji State's Erin Johnson garnered the game-winning goal less than three minutes later on the power play. Annie Bauerfeld rifled a pass across the slot and found Johnson for the back-door goal at 4:17. Cody tabbed the second assist on the score.
The Huskies continued to battle in the final period as BSU edged the Huskies 9-8 in shots. However the nail in the coffin came at the 16:23 mark of the final period when BSU's Bauerfeld netted her third score of the season to give the Beavers the commanding 3-1 advantage on the scoreboard.
Bemidji State out-shot the Huskies 31-19 in the victory while BSU went 1-of-2 on the power play and SCSU was blanked on the skater advantage, 0-of-5.
St. Cloud State's Nixon totaled 28 saves in the loss as her record falls to 0-16-1 overall in 2010-11. Toncikova improved to 8-6-2 after backstopping the Beavers with 18 saves in the contest.
Bemidji State has now won the last five straight meetings with the Huskies, dating back to last season on Feb. 27, 2010, during the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. SCSU leads the all-time series however, 28-21-7, dating back to Jan. 22, 1999.
The Huskies will complete the weekend tilt with the Beavers tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.
Hockey fans, don't forget that this weekend is Youth Hockey Weekend at the National Hockey Center. SCSU is offering FREE ADMISSION to any youth hockey player (grades K-8) wearing their team's jersey when accompanied by a paid adult to the men's and women's hockey games at the National Hockey Center on Jan. 7-8. The St. Cloud State University men's team plays host to WCHA rival Michigan Tech on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, with both games starting at 7:07 p.m. on those nights in the NHC.