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Bemidji State women's hockey: Power-play goals lift Wayne State to win

Bemidji State's Mackenzie Thurston (16) directs a centering pass toward the Wayne State net during the first period of Saturday's game at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Wayne State scored three third-period goals to defeat the Bemidji State women's hockey team 6-1 Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

"We had chances to answer, especially when it was close," said BSU Coach Steve Sertich. "Even when the score was lopsided there toward the end our kids were out there battling and blocking shots, and that's a credit to the type of players we have."

Special teams were the biggest factor in the game. Wayne State capitalized on three of their five power-play chances, while Bemidji State went scoreless on the power play.

The Warriors had a team effort as 11 different players contributed to the six-goal offensive.

Franny Dorr scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the first period. She received the puck after a quick draw by Erin Babineau on the face off, putting it top shelf past Warriors goalie Lindsey Park.

Alana McElhinney made 18 saves in goal for the Beavers.

Bemidji State (2-7-1) will visit Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday at 7:07 p.m. and on Saturday at 3:07 p.m.

Volleyball falls

For the third consecutive match, Bemidji State's volleyball team went face to face with a nationally ranked opponent and lost 3-0. The Beavers couldn't give No. 16 Southwest Minnesota State a fright on Halloween in Marshall, and the fell by scores of 15-25, 15-25 and 13-25 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

The Beavers (9-17, 6-9 NSIC) are now 0-10 against nationally ranked opponents this season and have lost three straight NSIC matches after posting three consecutive victories in conference play.

BSU never held a lead in the first set, quickly trailing 10-4 and couldn't find away to get closer than four in the set. The Mustangs kept rolling to start the second frame and jumped out to a 6-1 lead. BSU battled back and the next 14 points were split 7-7, giving SMSU a 13-8 advantage.

The Mustangs then went on a 7-4 run to earn a commanding 20-11 lead. Five of the final nine points of the set went to SMSU and the Beavers were downed 15-25. BSU earned its first lead of the match in the third set at 2-1. With the score tied at six, the Mustangs went on a 9-3 stretch to run out to a 15-9 lead. SMSU proved to be too much in the final set, taking 10 of the last 14 points and defeating the Beavers 25-13.

Junior Nicole Solum had a team-high nine kills in the match. Sophomore setter Courtney Bitter posted her 11th double-double of the season with 23 set assists and 11 digs. Junior Brie Groskreutz had a match-high 18 digs. With 1,249 career digs, Groskreutz is now sixth on BSU's career digs chart (since 1980). BSU only hit .068 in the match, its fourth match of the season hitting under.100. SMSU posted a .258 attacking percentage and had 45 kills.

The Beavers host St. Cloud State University Nov. 3 at the BSU Gymnasium at 7 p.m.