BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Bemidji State University senior Emily Erickson (F, Coleraine, Minn.) scored her first goal of the season, but the 10th-ranked University of North Dakota was too much, defeating the Beavers 3-1 Saturday to open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series opener at Sanford Center.
Bemidji State is now 2-7-2 on the season with a 1-5-1-0 WCHA ledger, while UND moved above .500 with the win, now standing at 6-5-0 and 5-4-0-0 in league play. The loss was BSU's fifth straight against North Dakota dating back to a 3-2 victory on Nov. 26, 2011. UND has also knocked Bemidji State out of the conference playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
In a slower-paced first period that didn't feature many quality scoring opportunities, UND jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Allison Parizek scored on and individual effort that was completed with a shot from the right faceoff circle that squeaked under the pad of BSU netminder Jessica Havel (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.).
North Dakota added to its lead in the second period when Jocelyne Lamoureux found Michelle Karvinen alone in the slot and Karvinen blasted a one-time shot past Havel.
Just over a minute later, Bemidji State halved its deficit when Erickson pounced on a loose puck in the blue paint for her first goal of 2012-13 and first in 10 games played. Her goalless drought dated back to a five-point effort in a win over St. Cloud State University. MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ont.) and Kristin Huber (So., F, Kelowna, B.C.) were credited with assists. Thurston became the third Beaver to get on the board in three consecutive games and now has a team-high eight points on the season.
Later in the frame, Ivana Bilic (Fr., D, Coquitlam, B.C.) was whistled for a slashing penalty, snapping a BSU streak of 110:49 without a penalty.
On the ensuing power play, North Dakota found the back of the net, but the goal was called back after review because it was punched into the net. Senior defenseman Monique Lamoureux made up for the disallowed goal by scoring on a slapshot from the point with 26 seconds left in the period. Her shot was redirected by a BSU defender.
Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) had a chance to knot the score with 3:35 left in the period with a shorthanded breakaway, but North Dakota goaltender Jorid Dagfinrud stopped the chance with a left-pad save on Lundquist's deke.
In the final 20 minutes, BSU had trouble controlling the puck in the offensive zone and mustered just eight shots on goal, none of which beat, who finished with 21 saves on 22 shots. Havel set a new career-best by stopping 29 shots in the 3-1 decision.
Neither team scored on the man advantage. UND had two chances and BSU had three. North Dakota has won by two goals in each of the teams' last four meetings, including three 3-1 games.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Sanford Center. BSU will travel to North Dakota for another weekend series in February. That trip will be the only time the Beavers leave the state of Minnesota for the rest of the regular season.