BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) tallied four points (one goal and three assists) as Bemidji State University defeated St. Cloud State University 5-2 at Sanford Center Saturday afternoon. BSU picks up the series sweep over the Huskies as they score 13 goals on the weekend. The Beavers improve to 5-1-2 (2-1-1-1 NSIC) on the season as they picked up six points in the WCHA standings. St. Cloud State falls to 1-7-0 (0-6-0 NSIC).
The five wins to open the season serves as the best start for the Beavers since the 2001-02 season when BSU opened the season with a 5-1-2 mark through eight games.
The Beavers came out of the locker room flat to begin the first period allowing St. Cloud State to get on the scoreboard first when Molli Mott put the puck by Bemidji State goaltender Alana McElhinney (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) at the 10:59 mark. Abby Ness picked up the assist for the Huskies as they went ahead 1-0.
BSU was able to escape the first period with a 1-1 tie. Lundquist found the puck behind the net and wrapped it around to Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) on the right side of the net. Erickson played it across the goal to Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) who sent the puck in for her fourth goal of the season at the 18:23 mark. The assist was Lundquist's eighth of the year and Erickson's fifth of the season.
BSU extended their lead to 3-0 early in the second period as they scored two goals in 24 seconds. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) tallied the first of the onslaught as she was persistent on a scramble in front of the St. Cloud State goal. The goal was M. Wheelhouse's third of the year and came on the BSU power play. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) originally shot the puck from the left wing after receiving the puck from Lundquist. The assist was a team-leading 10th for Vichorek on the season as she finished the weekend with two goals and five assists. Lundquist talied her ninth assist of the year and her second of the game.
Abby Williams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.) struck 24 seconds later after receiving the puck from Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.) along the boards. The goals was A. Williams' first goal of the season. The assist marks L. Wiliams' first of the year.
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., F, Crookston, Minn.) put the Beavers ahead 4-1 in the 10th minute of the second period as she followed her older sisters lead on an earlier goal again being persistent on a scramble in front of the net. Erickson and Lundquist both had shots right in front of the net and thus were credited with assists on the goal. The assist was Erickson's fifth of the season and Lundquist's 10th tying her with Vichorek for the team lead. The goal was BSU's second of the game on a power play and their 12th of the year on the advantage.
St. Cloud State closed the BSU lead to 4-2 at the 8:37 mark in the third period as Haylea Schmid scored for the Huskies. Julia Gilbert was credited with the assist.
Lundquist put a cap on her already stellar performance with her only goal on the game in the 16th minute of the third period. Lundquist used a little luck as she played the puck toward the net from behind the goal and saw the puck dribble in past St. Cloud State goaltender Julie Friend. Erickson had the assist on the goal, her seventh of the 2011-12 campaign.
In addition to Lundquist's goal and assist, Erickson helped pace BSU with three assists. Lundquist finished the weekend with two goals and six assists. Her four points on Friday and Saturday are career highs for the junior attacker. Erickson ended the series with a goal and five assists.
McElhinney got the late call to start in net after Zuzana Tomcikova came down sick after yesterday's 8-1 victory over the Huskies. The senior captain responded making 23 saves while allowing two goals.
BSU, a team that had a lot of questions about their potential to replace departed scorers Annie Bauerfeld, Erin Cody and Erin Johnson, has answered the call as they have 33 goals through eight games including 20 goals in the last three games. The Beavers continue to be among the nation's leaders in scoring from their defenseman as they are responsible for 35 of 89 points this season.
BSU will look to continue their hot start as they host University of Minnesota at Sanford Center next weekend. The Golden Gophers come in as the second-ranked team in the nation.