|November 24, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||10:50||MSU||Lauren Smith (Kathleen Rogan , Lindsay Nagel)|
|2||13:39||MSU||Tracy McCann (Lauren Smith , Emilia Andersson)|
|2||19:16||MSU||Lauren Smith (Shelby Moteyunas )|
|3||05:06||MSU||Lauren Smith (Emilia Andersson , Kathleen Rogan)|
|3||05:23||BSU||Hanna Moher (Megan Lushanko , Tess Dusik)|
|Shots on Goal||25||33|
MANKATO, Minn. (All Seasons Arena) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team was unable to complete its first series sweep of 2012-13 Saturday, dropping a 4-1 decision to Minnesota State University, Mankato in the back end of a two-game post-Thanksgiving series Saturday afternoon at All Seasons Arena. The result evened up the all-time series between the two schools at 23-23-10. Each team has a 13-13-3 record against the other in Mankato, Minn.
The Mavericks were led to victory by a four-point afternoon by Lauren Smith, who completed a hat trick with a power-play tally in the third period. She is the third player to net three goals in a game against BSU this season.
After Bemidji State posted its first win since a 1-0 victory to open the University of Wisconsin’s brand-new LaBahn Arena Oct. 19 with a 4-3 win Friday, Minnesota State came out stronger in the first period in the second game of the series.
Outshooting BSU 9-5 in the first period, MSU spotted itself a 1-0 lead when Smith beat Beaver starting goaltender Jessica Havel (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) at the 10:50 mark.
Minnesota State doubled its lead in the second period when Smith worked the puck to Tracy McCann, who potted her seventh goal of the season on the man advantage. After former Minnesota State forward Abby Williams (R-Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) drew a penalty, Smith found the back of the net for the second time on a shorthanded opportunity that Havel got a piece of before it crossed the line. The goal was the third man-down score by a BSU opponent on the season.
In the final frame, Smith put the game out of reach with a marker on the man advantage. Hanna Moher (Fr., F, Milton, Ontario) made a great individual effort to score an unassisted goal—the second of her collegiate career—17 seconds later, but that was the only offense Bemidji State could muster on 25 shots against MSU netminder Danielle Butters as the Mavericks skated to a 4-1 win.
Freshman goalie Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) allowed the final goal for Minnesota State as she made seven saves on eight third-period shots in her second-career appearance. Havel finished with 22 saves.
A day after MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) saw her four-game point streak end, a streak of the same length for red-hot Emily Erickson (R-Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) was snapped in Saturday’s game. The Beavers also fell to 4-9-3 in games on the weekend of U.S. Thanksgiving all-time. Friday’s win was BSU’s first in the opener of such a series.
Next weekend, Bemidji State will welcome the University of Minnesota Duluth to town before closing out the first half of the season against the top-ranked and currently unbeaten University of Minnesota.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).