BEMIDJI, Minn. – The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team defeated No. 7 Bemidji State, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center. Wisconsin out-shot Bemidji State, 54-36, as the Badgers overcame a one goal deficit to claim the win.
Wisconsin improves to 18-1-0 (12-1-0-0 WCHA) on the season, while Bemidji State drops to 10-6-2 (6-6-1-0 WCHA). The win is the Badgers fifth-straight against Bemidji State.
Playing against the Beavers with their highest national ranking in program history, Wisconsin dominated play in the first period. However, Slovakian goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made 16 saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
Starting off the second period with a costly defensive lapse by the Badgers would give Bemidji State the first goal of the game. Emily Erickson scored unopposed off a turnover at the 4:12 mark of the second period. Not relenting, the Badgers continued the offensive push and finally got rewarded on the power play six minutes later. Moving the puck around the zone, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight combined to set up Stefanie McKeough for her second goal on the season.
With less than two minutes remaining in the second period, the Badgers struck again on the power play to go up 2-1. Brooke Ammerman intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and entered the BSU zone on a two-on-one with Knight. Brooke Ammerman made the pass over to Knight who one timed the puck off the shoulder of Tomcikova for her 20th goal of the season.
In the third period, Bemidji State turned up its offensive pressure and out-shot the Badgers 20-10. Sophomore goalie Alex Rigsby arose to the challenge making all 20 stops as Brittany Ammerman scored on the empty net in the final minute of play to secure the win for the Badgers.
Wisconsin went 2-4 on the power play while keeping Bemidji State’s potent power play scoreless on three chances.
Rigsby totaled 35 saves and BSU’s Tomcikova set a personal-best mark of 51 saves in the game.
The Badgers and Beavers return to the ice for the final time in 2011 tomorrow afternoon, as the two sides finish the weekend series at 2 p.m.