Montana Vichorek and Sadie Lundquist have been playing hockey together for the last seven years and have a chemistry together on the ice.
The two upperclassmen factored in all but one goal for Bemidji State in Friday’s 8-1 victory over St. Cloud State at the Sanford Center.
“We know each other pretty well and that has a lot to do with it,” Vichorek said. “I think we both have a similar kind of playing style so it works out.”
Vichorek and Lundquist started playing together on Cloquet’s U14 team and later for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in high school before coming to Bemidji State.
Vichorek had a team-high six points in the win with two goals and four assists. Lundquist scored a goal and had two assists.
Friday marked the third straight win for BSU (4-1-2, 1-1-1-1 WCHA) following last week’s sweep at Maine and was the first WCHA win of the season. St. Cloud State lost its fifth straight and fell to 1-6 (0-5-0 WCHA).
The Beavers won the game in each defensive zone by outmatching a young Huskies team with speed and physical play. BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova had 21 saves in the victory and Huskies goalie Tayler VaDenakker had 27 saves.
The Beavers have scored 15 goals in the last two games.
“With last year’s team we had Erin Cody and Annie Bauerfeld,” Vichorek said. “When we needed a goal we obviously relied on them a lot. We realize we don’t have them anymore and everyone is going to need to step up and play. We have a lot of people who are doing that.”
Lundquist scored the only goal in the first period when she ended a play started by Vichorek’s pass from the BSU blue line to Emily Erickson at the St. Cloud blue line.
The Beavers broke the game open on goals from Rachel Kelly, Tess Dusik and Marlee Wheelhouse on the power play during the final six minutes of the second period. Vichorek assisted on the Kelly and Wheelhouse goals. Lundquist assisted on the Dusik goal.
Erickson put the Beavers ahead 5-0 just 28 seconds into the third period, Vichorek followed with back-to-back power play goals and Lauren Williams scored the final goal with 2:49 to play.
“We got some ugly goals, some pretty goals and found a way to get it into the back of the net,” BSU head coach Steve Sertich said. “It was fun to watch and different people were involved in the scoring so that was nice … Basically it was a solid game for us and fun for people to get on the board.”
SCSU 0 0 1 – 1
BSU 1 3 4 – 8
First period – 1, BSU Lundquist 3 (Erickson, Vichorek), 6:53.
Second period – 2, Kelly 3 (Vichorek, Lundquist), 16:02. 3, BSU Dusik 3 (Lundquist), 16:02. 4, BSU M. Wheelhouse 2 (Vichorek), 18:58, (pp).
Third period- 5, BSU Erickson 6 (Vichorek), :28. 6, SCSU Burghardt 1 (unassisted), 2:05. 7, BSU Vichorek 3 (M. Wheelhouse), 9:49, (pp). 8, Vichorek 4 (Lundquist, M. Wheelhouse), 13:32, (pp). 8, BSU L.Williams 2 (Chapman), 17:11.
Shots on goal – SCSU, 4-10-8-22. BSU, 12-10-13-35.
Goalies – SCSU, VanDenakker (35-28). BSU, Tomcikova (22-21).
Power Plays- SCSU, 0-for-3. BSU, 3-for-3.