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Bemidji State women's hockey: Beavers gain historic first win in program history over Minnesota-Duluth

The decade-long streak is over.

The Bemidji State women's hockey team earned the first win in program history over Minnesota-Duluth with a 1-0 victory Friday night at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

Emily Erickson put back a rebound for the game-winning goal at 13:25 of the third period and Bemidji State goalie Zuzana Tomcikova finished with 38 saves in the victory.

It took 50 games for the Beavers to beat the Bulldogs, who own a 47-1-2 all-time record against BSU.

"It was really a great game and the kids really worked hard for this one," BSU head coach Steve Sertich said. "I thought UMD was the better team in the first period, we played great in the second period and the third was back and forth. We played perfect on the penalty kill tonight and we had some great goaltending.

Defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth entered the weekend on a six-game winning streak and are the current No. 3 ranked team in the country.

That will likely change with the loss to the Beavers. Bemidji State won its fourth game in a row and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the second time this season. The four-game winning streak started Oct. 16 with a 5-3 win over then No. 1 Mercyhurst at the BREC.

Tomcikova, an Olympic goalie for Slovakia, had 38 saves in the shutout to win the battle between Olympic goalies. Sweden's Kim Martin of UMD had 30 saves.

Erickson's power play goal was her fourth of the season. Assisting on the goal was Erika Wheelhouse and Erin Cody.

Bemidji State improved to 5-4 overall with the win (3-2 WCHA) and Minnesota-Duluth fell to 7-2 overall (5-2 WCHA). The two teams wrap up the weekend series Saturday night at the BREC at 6:07 p.m.