BSU ties Badgers, wins series
MADISON, Wis. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team fell behind by a goal twice in the third period Sunday against the Wisconsin, but rallied back both times to salvage a 3-3 tie before dropping a 2-0 shootout decision.
Thanks to a 1-0 victory over the Badgers on Friday in the first-ever game at UW’s LaBahn Arena, BSU earned four of a possible six points on the weekend.
MacKenzie Thurston, Rachael Kelly and Sadie Lunquist each recorded her first goal of the season in the game and goaltender Abby Ryplanski was spectacular between the pipes, stopping 42 of 45 Badger shots.
The 1-0-1 weekend gives BSU its first series win over Wisconsin in program history and moves the Beavers’ 2012-13 record to 2-3-1 with a 1-2-1-0 mark in the WCHA.
For the second straight game after allowing the first goal in its first four games, Bemidji State got on the board first on Sunday.
Thurston forced a Badger turnover in the offensive zone and rifled a shot from the high slot into the top left corner to make it 1-0 five minutes into the game.
Wisconsin got one back in the second period and took a 2-1 lead early in the third.
But Kelly scored on a feed from Thurston to make it 2-2.
The Badgers scored a shorthanded goal with 4:46 left, but Lundquist tied it in the final minute with an extra attacker on the ice.
After time expired in regulation and in a five-minute overtime session, Wisconsin went on to claim the extra point by winning 2-0 in the shootout. Brianna Decker and Madison Packer scored for the Badgers, and Badger goalie Alex Rigby stopped Lundquist and Kristin Huber.
The Beavers will travel to Ohio State for games Friday and Saturday in their second-longest road trip of the season.
Bemidji State 1 0 2 0 — 3
Wisconsin 0 1 2 0 — 3
First period: 1, BSU, Thurston, 5:01
Second period: 2, Wis, Decker (Jaminski), 13:56.
Third period: 3, Wis, Burke (Sowchuk), 3:22. 4, BSU, Kelly (Thurston), pp, 14:32. 5, Wis, Bricker (Sylvester, Decker), sh, 15:14. 6, BSU, Lundquist (Tougas, Erickson), 19:04.
Goalie saves: BSU (Ryplanski) 11-10-17-4—42. Wis (Rigsby) 5-9-4-0—18.
soccer Drops 4th straight
MANDAN, N.D. – The University of Mary scored two unanswered second half goals Sunday to gain a 2-1 victory over Bemidji State, handing BSU its fourth consecutive loss.
Sophomore Mary O’Brien put the Beavers ahead 1-0 with her team-leading eighth goal in the eighth minute of the first half. Magan Castro assisted on the play.
The Beavers are now 9-6-1 overall and 7-5-1 in NSIC play.
Bemidji State continues conference play when it hosts St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Friday before traveling to Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday.