Bemidji State hands No. 9 Wisconsin upset in first game at LaBahn Arena
MADISON, Wis. -- In the first game played at Wisconsin’s brand-new LaBahn Arena, Bemidji State pulled off an upset, shutting out the ninth-ranked Badgers 1-0 on Friday. The Beavers beat UW for the fourth time in 53 meetings and snapped an eight-game losing skid against Wisconsin that dated back to Feb. 7, 2010.
Kristin Huber scored the game's only goal 4:54 into the third period and Abby Ryplanski came up with a 27-save shutout.
The game, in which BSU halted a three-game losing streak overall and recorded its first WCHA win of the season, was played in front of a capacity crowd 2,273. Bemidji State is now 2-3-0 overall and is 1-2-0-0 in conference play, while the Badgers dropped to 3-3-1 and 1-3-1-1 in league action. UW, who has now been shut out in three consecutive contests, lost only three WCHA games in regulation in the whole 2011-12 season.
Similar to its 1-0 loss to St. Cloud State University six days prior, the Beavers played even with their opponent through the first 40 minutes of play. Wisconsin, the only school BSU was unable to defeat on its 2011-12 schedule, held a slim 19-17 shot advantage after two periods, but Ryplanski and Wisconsin netminder Alex Rigsby kept the game scoreless heading into the final stanza.
In the third period, the first goal in the new arena would prove to be enough for a BSU victory.
Early in the frame, two Badger players collided and lost control of the puck deep in their defensive zone. With Rigsby out of the net, Huber pounced on an opportunity stemming from a Megan Lushanko feed to give BSU the lead.
Huber, who played in her first two games of the season last week against SCSU, potted her first goal. With the goal, the Beavers opened the scoring in a game for the first time in its 2012-13 campaign.
Ryplanski took control from there, stopping all eight UW shots she faced in the third period to earn her second career shutout and first as a Beaver.