|February 16, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|2||12:42||BSU||Kaitlyn Tougas (Molly Arola , Danielle Williams)|
|2||15:09||MINN||Amanda Kessel (Hannah Brandt , Megan Bozek)|
|3||02:52||BSU||Kaitlyn Tougas (Emily Erickson )|
|3||04:22||MINN||Rachel Ramsey (Becky Kortum )|
|4||03:48||MINN||Mira Jalosuo (Kelly Terry , Rachel Ramsey)|
|Shots on Goal||14||44|
MINNEAPOLIS (Ridder Arena) – Following an 8-0 loss to the top-ranked and undefeated University of Minnesota, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team came back with a much more inspired effort in Saturday’s rematch at Ridder Arena, but fell 3-2 in overtime. Jessica Havel (Sr., G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) backstopped the Beavers to the extra session by making a career-high 41 saves before Gopher senior Mira Jalosuo knocked in a back-door feed to end the game with 72 ticks left.
Minnesota, which improved to 32-0-0 on the year by winning its NCAA-record 40th straight game dating back to last year, had never trailed in the third period or been taken to overtime in 2012-13 prior to Saturday afternoon. The loss was BSU’s fourth in the extra session this year to go along with two ties.
The first period was a much-improved one from a night ago for Bemidji State, which trailed 4-0 after 20 minutes in the series opener. The Gophers’ No. 1-ranked power play had three chances to score in the first period, but Havel stopped all 13 shots she saw and the defense made 17 blocks.
In the second period, BSU became the fourth team to gain a lead on Minnesota this season when Kaitlyn Tougas (Fr., F, Thunder Bay, Ont.) fooled Gopher netminder Noora Räty with a shot from the left circle to make it 1-0. Minnesota knotted the score just 2:27 seconds later, however, when Amanda Kessel slammed home a Hannah Brandt rebound.
Tougas’ strike was Bemidji State’s first goal in 186:20, dating back to Feb. 8 in a 4-3 overtime loss to the University of North Dakota. Molly Arola (Sr., F, Walker, Minn.) rang up her first assist of the season on the play and Danielle Williams (Jr., F/D, Waconia, Minn.) also earned a helper.
Things got more interesting in third stanza in which Minnesota produced 16 more shots on goal than BSU.
One of the Beavers’ three shots in the frame went in, however, when Tougas caught Räty out of her crease following an Emily Erickson (R-Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) offering that the senior goaltender turned away and quickly swung the go-ahead goal into the back of the net. Tougas’ multi-goal effort was Bemidji State’s second of the season—the freshman forward also chipped in two goals Jan. 12 in an overtime loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Gophers responded quickly again, though, when Rachel Ramsey evened the score 90 seconds after Tougas made it 2-1 by lofting a quick snapper over Havel’s shoulder from the slot.
Havel continued to thwart numerous quality scoring chances up until the final horn of regulation sounded. She kept multiple golden one-time chances by Brandt and Milica McMillen out of the net. Minnesota attempted 112 shots in the game to BSU’s 25 and ended the night with a 44-14 edge in shots on goal, that widest margin the Beavers have been outshot by all season.
Bemidji State also took a season-high 16 minutes-worth of penalties and went 0-for-3 on the advantage itself. The final penalty was a call on Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) interference minor in overtime. The Beavers killed off 1:36 of it, but Jalosuo ended the game at that point.
The Beavers will complete their regular season with a home series against No. 8 University of Wisconsin. BSU will begin WCHA playoff action the following week away from home against an opponent which has yet to be determined.
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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).