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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Lakers sting Beavers after late third-period goal

BSU sophomore Heather Olson (20) passes the puck along the boards in the first period against Mercyhurst on Wednesday at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 3
BSU goalie Erin Deters (30) stops a Mercyhurst shot in the second period of Wednesday's game at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 3
BSU junior Sylvia Marolt (13) shoots the puck in the first period of Wednesday's game against Mercyhurst at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 3

BEMIDJI -- A disallowed goal late in regulation stung the Bemidji State women’s hockey team Wednesday afternoon in a 2-1 non-conference loss to Mercyhurst at the Sanford Center.

For a moment, it looked as though Kiki Radke had scored the go-ahead goal to put the Beavers (11-11-2, 6-7-1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) up 2-1 in the final five minutes of the third period. Upon review, the goal was overturned due to goaltender interference.

Less than a minute later, the Lakers (8-12-2, 5-2-1 College Hockey America) scored the eventual game-winner off the stick of Brooke Hartwick.

“We score, they saw goalie interference. I’m not quite sure I saw it that way but it is what it is on the call,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. “It’s certainly the momentum they took advantage of and they made a play. They made one more play than we did. But we certainly created a lot of good chances.”

The Beavers outshot the visitors 11-2 in the final frame and came close to evening the score in the final two minutes with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, but were unable to put another shot past Sarah McDonnell. The Mercyhurst goalie made 32 saves on 33 shots in the win.

“I thought that their goalie came up with some big stops,” Scanlan said. “It’s just a tough, frustrating loss to be honest with you.”

Radke scored Bemidji State’s lone goal of the game with 4 minutes, 47 seconds to go in the first period. Kara Werth laid down a pass that the sophomore forward fired past McDonnell from the slot for the goal.

Summer-Rae Dobson equalized three minutes into the middle stanza for the Lakers. The freshman chipped a puck past Erin Deters off a feed from Celine Frappier in front of the crease to tie the game at 1-all.

Radke appeared to have scored her second goal of the afternoon with 5:32 to go in the third when she banked a puck in off the back of the Mercyhurst goalie from beside the net. However, officials waved off the goal after reviewing the play and deemed McDonnell had been interfered with by a BSU skater.

The goalie interference call came back to haunt the Beavers when Hartwick scored to put the Lakers ahead only 49 seconds later. Hartwick fired a shot from the right circle on a Mercyhurst charge into the zone with 4 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

Deters vacated her net with about two minutes remaining but the score stood at 2-1 when the final whistle blew. The senior goaltender made 16 saves on 18 shots in the loss.

The defeat snapped Bemidji State’s program-record six-game win streak, which was set after Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime victory.

“I thought we were better today in our execution than we were yesterday,” Scanlan said. “Now we just (have to) keep working at it because obviously our next time out’s a big series over at Duluth.”

The fourth-place Beavers will return to WCHA play next weekend with a series at fifth-place Minnesota Duluth Jan. 12-13. The experience of this week’s tight non-conference series will benefit the team, Scanlan said, as the season’s second half continues.

“We definitely got better today,” Scanlan said. “We took another step and this series will certainly help us down the stretch.”

Mercyhurst 2, Bemidji State 1

MER 0 1 1 -- 2

BSU 1 0 0 -- 1

First period -- 1, BSU, Radke (Werth), 15:13.

Second period -- 2, MER, Dobson (Frappier, Knott), 3:00.

Third period -- 3, MER, Hartwick (Knott), 15:17.

Goaltending (Shots-Saves) -- BSU, Deters (18-16); MER, McDonnell (33-32).

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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