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No. 9 Beavers Earn Split With Buckeyes

Alex Berg | Sports Editor | 1-16-12

No. 9 ranked Bemidji State women’s hockey team earned a split with visiting Ohio State last weekend at the Sanford Center.

Natalie Spooner lifted the Buckeyes on Friday with two goals and two assists.

Freshman forward Natasha Kostenko scored late in the first period for BSU to cut the OSU lead to 2-1.

Ohio State answered by scoring early in the second period and the score remained 3-1 throughout the period.

Spooner scored her first goal with 7:10 left to play to put the Beavers down 4-1.

Juniors Emily Erickson and Mackenzie Thurston rallied for BSU to cut the lead to 4-3.

The goal was Thurston’s first of the season.

Spooner added an empty net goal with 20 seconds left to seal the 5-3 Buckeye victory.

It was the Beavers who jumped ahead to an ealry 2-0 lead on Saturday.

Senior Lauren Williwams and sophomore Tess Dusik each scored in the opening six minutes and BSU led OSU 2-0 with 14:39 remaining in the period.

Another goal from Spooner cut the Beaver lead in half.

Erickson scored late in the second period to extend the BSU lead back to two goals.

With the advantage of an extra skater, the Buckeyes scored with just 45 seconds remaining to make the score 3-2.

OSU left its goalie out of net and Erickson was able to capitalize and pick up her second goal of the night.

Senior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 38 shots in the 4-2 win.

Bemidji State (14-9-2, 8-9-1) will travel to Minneapolis for a road series with Minnesota this weekend.