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Women’s Hockey Falls to Bulldogs

Nick Ross | Sports Editor | 02/02/2011

The BSU women’s hockey team traveled to Duluth last weekend to take on the UMD Bulldogs, in a WCHA match up.  The Beavers dropped both games in Duluth, by scores of 4-3 and 5-3.

Senior forward Erin Cody continued her stellar career, becoming just the third player in BSU women’s hockey history to record 100 points.  Cody was the offense in Friday’s game, scoring all 3 goals for a hat-trick.

BSU junior goaltender Alana McElhinney was in nets for both games, making back-to-back starts for the first time since the Olympics last year, when Zuzana Tomcikova was absent. McElhinney made 31 saves in Friday night’s contest.

Along with Cody’s 3 goals, senior forward Erin Johnson, junior defenders Montana Vichorek and Marlee Wheelhouse each recorded at least one assist, with Vichorek registering two.

Cody’s first goal came early in the game for BSU, when the Beavers took the lead at the three-minute mark.  The lead did not last long, as the Bulldogs tied the game just three minutes later, and continued rolling, scoring 2 more goals before Cody could  respond again.

Cody now has 17 goals on the season to lead the Beavers.

Saturday night was another high scoring affair between the two teams.  BSU junior defender Kimberly Lieder opened the scoring, notching her first goal of her career just 93 seconds into the game.  Sophomore forward MacKenzie Thurston was credited with an assist on the goal.

The Bulldogs went on to score 3 unanswered goals again, like they did the night before.

Sophomore forward Molly Arola also scored her first of her career, to bring the game to 3-2.  Freshmen forwards Tess Dusik and Marlee Wheelhouse were on the assists.

The Bulldogs answered quickly with a goal that proved to be the game winner.

Erin Johnson added a goal of her own midway through the third period, getting an assist from fellow senior forward Annie Bauerfeld. But the Bulldogs added an empty net goal in the last minute, and completed the sweep over the Beavers.

BSU will play again next weekend, when the Badgers of the University of Wisconsin come to town.  Game times are at 6:07 p.m. Friday night and 4:07 p.m. Saturday night at the Sanford Center.