Bemidji State women's hockey: North Dakota tops BSU in goalie showcase
The Bemidji State women's hockey team lost to North Dakota 2-0 in a goaltending showcase Friday night at John Glas Fieldhouse. Alyssa Wiebe scored the winner for the Fighting Sioux with 5:32 remaining in the third period, Holly Perkins added an e...
The Bemidji State women's hockey team lost to North Dakota 2-0 in a goaltending showcase Friday night at John Glas Fieldhouse.
Alyssa Wiebe scored the winner for the Fighting Sioux with 5:32 remaining in the third period, Holly Perkins added an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining and Jorid Dagfinrud posted the shutout with 37 saves.
The game was the first time this season that Bemidji State has failed to score a goal. The last time BSU suffered a shutout loss was February of last year at Wisconsin.
The Beavers will finish out the regular-season series against the Sioux Saturday in Grand Forks at 7:07 p.m.
With the loss, Bemidji State (9-15-7, 8-10-7-3 WCHA) dropped to fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after St. Cloud State picked up a shootout victory over Minnesota on Friday night to jump up to third place.
The Huskies passed both Wisconsin and Bemidji State in the standings with the points. The top four teams at the end of the regular season host first-round WCHA playoff games.
BSU started cold Friday night against North Dakota and had only 13 combined shots on goal in the first two periods.
North Dakota put up 32 shots in those two periods as it controlled the pace of play, but could not score on BSU goalie Alana McElhinney, who finished with 36 saves in the game.
BSU had opportunities to break the scoreless tie in the third period as UND took three consecutive penalties.
None of the 10 shots on the power plays would get through Dagfinrud.
Wiebe scored her goal when McElhinney was screened by traffic in front of the net. McElhinney, who is filling in for departed Olympic goalie Zuzana Tomcikova, saw her shutout streak of 114 minutes, 58 seconds come to an end.
McElhinney was pulled in favor of the extra attacker in the final minute, but a hooking call on Erin Cody with 51 seconds remaining negated the advantage.
Despite the penalty, BSU controlled play in the zone until UND cleared the puck in the closing seconds for the empty net goal.