Bemidji State women’s hockey team snaps losing streak, sets school record for WCHA wins in a season

Bemidji State's Lauren Williams chases down a loose puck during Friday's game against Ohio State. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State women’s hockey team snapped a six-game losing streak with gusto Friday afternoon in a 4-1 victory over Ohio State at The Sanford Center.

Emily Erickson, Abby Williams, Lauren Williams and Erin Cody scored for the Beavers. BSU outshot the Buckeyes 44-21 in the win.

The victory set the BSU record for most WCHA wins in a season with 11 and most home wins in a season with nine.

“I think this year we’ve made another step and hopefully that continue tomorrow and next week in the playoffs,” Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said. “It’s a credit to our veteran players, especially our seniors who have made contributions to the program. It’s nice to see them be successful.”

The Beavers (13-15-3 overall, 11-13-3-2 WCHA) will go for the sweep against Ohio State (14-17-2 overall, 8-16-2-2 WCHA) Saturday afternoon in the final game for the BSU women at The Sanford Center in this inaugural season. Game time is 2:07 p.m.

Erickson and Abby Williams put the Beavers up 2-0 in the first period with back-to-back goals 65 seconds apart. Erickson scored her 14th of the season at 9:48 and Williams scored her second of the season off a rebound in the crease at 10:53.

“I think it was important that we came out hard in the first period,” Erickson said. “We wanted to have a scoring punch going into tomorrow’s game and the playoffs. It was a real positive to get goals from everyone.”

Lauren Williams’ backhand shot from the side of the net at 7:51 of the second period gave the Beavers a 3-0 led.

Jenna Kilpatrick broke Zuzana Tomcikova’s shutout when she scored Ohio State’s lone goal with 1:57 left in the second period. Tomickova had 20 saves.

Cody capped BSU’s scoring midway though the third period on assists from Marlee Wheelhouse and Erickson. It was Cody’s team-leading 20th goal of the year and matched her goal total from last season. Only Amber Fryklund has more goals in a season in BSU program history (27).

The Beavers tested Ohio State goalie Lisa Steffes throughout and she finished with 40 saves. The 44 shots on goal for BSU was the most in a game since a 2006 meeting with Ohio State.

Ohio State 0 1 0 – 1
Bemidji State 2 1 1 -4

First period – 1, BSU, Erickson 14 (Cody), 9:48. 2, BSU, A. Williams 2 (Lundquist, Wheelhouse), 10:53.
Second period – 3, BSU, L. Williams 2 (unassisted), 7:51. 4, OSU, Kilpatrick 1 (Spooner, Wild), 18:03.
Third period – 4, BSU, Cody 20 (M. Wheelhouse, Erickson), 9:20.
Shots on goal – OSU, 3-10-8-21. BSU, 17-11-16-44.
Goalies – OSU, Steffes (44-40). BSU, Tomcikova (21-20)
Power Plays- OSU, 0-for-4. BSU, 0-for-1.
A- 259.