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Bemidji State sports roundup: Northeastern sweeps Bemidji State women's hockey, volleyball falls at home

Boston -- Northeastern scored two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat Bemidji State 3-2 Saturday in non-conference college women's hockey.

The Beavers fell to 1-6-1 overall after falling twice to the Huskies (5-1-1).

Bemidji State controlled the puck for the first two periods, outshooting Northeastern 30-13 in the first 40 minutes of play. However, BSU was unable to keep up the dominating style of play in the third.

Penalties proved to be the decisive factor in the game as BSU was whistled for four two-minute minors in the third period, while Northeastern was able to stay out of the box in the third.

The Huskies' special teams took advantage, scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals on the power play.

Bemidji State scored first in the game on a power-play goal by senior Franny Dorr halfway through the first period. Sisters Marlee and Erika Wheelhouse assisted on the goal.

After Northeastern tied it, the Beavers' Montana Vichorek restored the one-goal advantage in the second period on assists from Erin Johnson and Emily Erickson.

Alana McElhinney played well on goal for the Beavers, making her third start of the season. She made 20 saves and only allowed one even-strength goal.

Bemidji State will be back in action next weekend at home as they host Wayne State of Michigan on Friday at 7:07 p.m. and on Saturday at 2:07 p.m.

No. 11-ranked Minnesota-Duluth overpowered Bemidji State 3-0 Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs won by scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-17 despite hitting just .190, their second lowest attacking percentage of the season.

Bemidji State (9-15 overall, 6-7 NSIC) hit only .048 in the match, its lowest attacking percentage of the season. BSU also added five service errors and each team committed two ball handling errors.

Sophomore setter Courtney Bitter had 24 set assists and seven digs for the Beavers. Junior Brie Groskreutz played tough in the back row with a match-high 23 digs. Junior Nicole Olson had a team-high seven kills and four block assists.

The Beavers hit the road Friday and Saturday to battle No. 10 Minnesota State, Mankato and No. 15 Southwest Minnesota State.

The Bemidji State University women's cross country team finished 10th at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference cross country championships with 328 points and a average time of 26:28.0.

The event was held at Greenwood Golf Course.

Augustana College won the event, posting an average time of 22:58.0 and 38 points. The University of Minnesota Duluth's sophomore Megan Place (21:48.0) won the event for the second straight year.

BSU junior Kristi Buerkle was 59th and was the top runner for the Beavers with a time of 25:35.3. Also scoring for BSU was Shelly Saksa (64th, 26:24.1), Genna Ironi (66th, 26:33.5), Kirsten Maras (69th, 26:43.4), Kayla Stursa (70th, 27:03.6), Alison Hougen (71st, 27:11.8) and Sherisa Dickerson (73rd, 28:54.4).