BEMIDJI, Minn. — Top-ranked Wisconsin knocked off No. 7 Bemidji State 3-1 on Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center. Wisconsin out-shot Bemidji State 54-36 as the Badgers overcame an early one-goal deficit to claim the victory.
Wisconsin improves to 18-1-0 (12-1-0-0 WCHA) on the season, while Bemidji State drops to 10-6-2 (6-6-1-0 WCHA). The win is the Badgers’ fifth in a row against Bemidji State.
Playing against a Beavers squad sporting their highest national ranking in program history, Wisconsin dominated play in the first period. However, Bemidji State goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made 16 saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
The Badgers started off the second period with a costly defensive lapse that allowed Bemidji State to tally the first goal of the game. Emily Erickson scored unopposed off a turnover at the 4:12 mark of the second period to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Not relenting, the Badgers continued the offensive push and finally got rewarded on the power play six minutes later. Moving the puck around the zone, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight combined to set up Stefanie McKeough for her second goal on the season.
With less than two minutes remaining in the second period, the Badgers struck again on the power play to go up 2-1. Brooke Ammerman intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and entered the BSU zone on a two-on-one with Knight. Brooke Ammerman made the pass over to Knight who one timed the puck off the shoulder of Tomcikova for her 20th goal of the season.
In the third period, Bemidji State turned up its offensive pressure and out-shot the Badgers 20-10. Sophomore goalie Alex Rigsby arose to the challenge making all 20 stops as Brittany Ammerman scored on the empty net in the final minute of play to secure the win for the Badgers.
Wisconsin went 2-4 on the power play while keeping Bemidji State’s potent power play scoreless on three chances.
Rigsby totaled 35 saves and BSU’s Tomcikova set a personal-best mark of 51 saves in the game.