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Bemidji State women's hockey: Big rally lifts Bemidji State to shootout win

Bemidji State's Emily Ericson (10) skates to the Ohio State net as Ohio State's Sandy Nelson defends during the first period of Saturday's game at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren1 / 2
Bemidji State goalie Alana McElhinney makes a stick save during the second period of Saturday's game.2 / 2

The Bemidji State women's hockey team rallied in a big way against Ohio State Saturday afternoon at John Glas Fieldhouse.

The Beavers rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the Buckeyes 2-2 and win the shootout.

It allowed the Beavers to leave the weekend with two points in the WCHA standings after losing to the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Emily Erickson was the hero for the Beavers, starting the rally with an unassisted goal late in the second period and ending it with a goal in the fourth round of the shootout.

Bemidji State pulled goalie Alana McElhinney late in the third period and it paid off for the Beavers when freshman Mackenzie Thurston scored with 46 seconds left in the game to force overtime.

McElhinney finished the game with 30 saves for the Beavers to gain her first win of the season.

Bemidji State improved to 1-3-1 overall and 1-2-1-1 in the WCHA.

It is a promising start to the season for Bemidji State. Last year, the Beavers did not win a WCHA game until January.

On Saturday, the Beavers needed to dig deep to avoid the sweep against the Buckeyes (1-2-3 overall, 1-3-0-1 WCHA).

The Beavers were outshot 12-8 in the first period and allowed the first two goals of the game in the second period.

Raelyn LaRocque made it 1-0 at 9:01 of the second period and Rachel Davis scored two minutes later on the power play to put the Buckeyes up 2-0.

The Beavers took control at the end of the second period and Emily Erickson scored her first goal of the season at 4:21 to cut the Ohio State lead to 2-1.

The Beavers were able to generate more offense in a defensive third period and outshot the Buckeyes 7-3.

The tying goal came off the sticks of a pair of freshmen. Thurston's first goal of the season was scored on an assist from Erika Wheelhouse.

In the shootout, Melissa Feste scored first for the Buckeyes, but Erin Cody was able to answer and keep the Beavers alive.

In the fourth round Laura McIntosh beat McElhinney, but her shot hit the post.

Erickson followed by beating OSU goalie Chelsea Knapp glove side to end the shootout.