BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.), Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) scored goals and goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) turned away 31 shots to lift the Bemidji State women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory versus No. 10 Providence College Saturday at Sanford Center.
Saturday's victory lifts BSU's record to 1-0-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) after the weekend. The victory makes it the second year in a row that the Beavers have upset a ranked opponent in the first home series of the year. BSU upset No. 1 Mercyhurst College 5-3 in the second-ever game at Sanford Center Oct. 16, 2010.
Lieder opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play when freshman Natasha Kostenko (F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) took the puck from behind the net and sent it out to the blue-line where Lieder powered the puck past Genevieve Lacasse for her second-career goal. Kostenko's assist was the first of her career in her first-ever collegiate appearance Saturday evening.
The Beavers added to their lead later in the first period when Mackenzie Thurston (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) blocked a Providence shot near the opposing blue-line raced to the other side of the ice where she set up an opportunity for Abby Williams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.). Williams' chance was stopped but freshman Rachael Kelly (F, Rosemount, Minn.) rebounded the puck and put it past Lacasse for her first collegiate goal. Williams and Thurston each were credited with an assist.
BSU went into the second period with a 2-0 lead. After back-to-back penalties from Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) the Friars seemed to be in an opportune spot as they had five skaters to BSU's three. BSU prevented the Friars from scoring in the 5-3 situation and as Vichorek was skating back onto the ice, Providence goalie Lacasse mistakenly played it right to Vichorek who put it in net to give Bemidji State the 3-0 lead. Vichorek's goal was short-handed as BSU was still down a player on the ice.
Providence got on the scoreboard with nearly 12 minutes into the second period. Bemidji State made an errant pass from behind the net to the Friars' Haley Frade who put it in net past a defenseless Tomcikova.
Despite not scoring, the Beavers still got strong play out of its top line. Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) led all BSU players with six shots on goal. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) added four shots on net.
BSU's defense proved strong for the second night in a row. Tomcikova wasn't tested early but turned away 27 Providence shots in the final two periods for the Beavers. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) was plus-two on the night and played strong defensively.
The Friars were led by Corinne Buie's seven shots on goal. Kate Bacon added six on the night.
Lacasse suffered the loss in net but turned away 31 Bemidji State shots but allowed three goals.
Bemidji State's win over a ranked Providence team builds off last season's five wins over ranked foes including the program's first win over a No. 1 team (Mercyhurst) and BSU's first-ever win over University of Minnesota Duluth (6)
BSU opens the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) campaign Oct. 7-8 as it travels to Columbus, Ohio to face The Ohio State Univerity. Friday's opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m., with a 4:07 p.m. start for the series finale.