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Beavers Sweep Southern Minnesota Rival MSU Mankato

Nick Ross | Sports Editor | 01/26/2011

The women’s hockey team continued a very strong season this past weekend, sweeping the Mavericks from Minnesota State University Mankato, winning 2-0 on Friday night and winning 3-1 on Saturday.

Junior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made 22 saves and earned her fifth shutout of the season, and the 13th of her career, to backstop the Beavers to a Friday night victory. Tomcikova also made 23 saves on Saturday, while only yielding 1 goal, to help the Beavers to a sweep.

The Beaver offence got off to a slow start on the weekend, scoring their first goal seven minutes into the game.  Senior forward Annie Bauerfeld intercepted a Maverick pass in the Beaver zone and hit fellow senior forward Erin Johnson with a pass that sent Johnson to the net for a goal.

Sophomore forward Emily Erickson stole a victory for the Beavers with an empty net goal with six seconds left in the game.  Sophomore defender Sadie Lundquist and junior forward Lauren Williams were credited with the assists.

The Beavers got off to a much quicker start on Saturday afternoon.  Lauren Williams crashed the net hard, to come up with her first career goal, just three minutes into the game. Lauren Williams goal was assisted by freshmen forward Danielle Williams and Johnson.

The Beavers found the back of the net again, midway through the first period. This was Bauerfeld’s sixth goal of the season and her fifth since the New Year started.  Johnson and junior defender Montana Vichorek assisted Bauerfeld’s goal.

The Mavericks finally found a way to solve the Tomcikova puzzle, scoring on her for the first time in the weekend, just two minutes into the second period.

Both teams were held scoreless for nearly the remainder of the game, Lundquist scored an empty net goal, unassisted, with seven seconds left.

The Beavers received another great weekend from the senior forward duo of Johnson and Bauerfeld.  The two have combined for 7 goals and 12 assists in the past 10 games.

The Beavers are now sitting with a record of 12-9-3 on the season, with a 10-7-3-2 record in the WCHA.  The Beavers will play again next weekend, when they travel to Duluth to take on the Bulldogs of the University of Minnesota Duluth.  The Beavers have eight games left on the season before the WCHA playoffs start.