|March 01, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||03:50||MINN||Mira Jalosuo (Rachael Bona , Hannah Brandt)|
|3||04:45||MINN||Megan Bozek (Maryanne Menefee , Amanda Kessel)|
|3||08:31||MINN||Kelly Terry (Rachel Ramsey , Sarah Davis)|
|3||11:19||MINN||Rachael Bona (Bethany Brausen , Baylee Gillanders)|
|Shots on Goal||20||46|
MINNEAPOLIS (Ridder Arena) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team dropped the first game of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoff series to top-ranked University of Minnesota 5-0 Friday night at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. To save its season, the Beavers will need to defeat the unbeaten Gophers twice in a row. At the brink of elimination, BSU will need to snap a seven-game losing skid in the process
The defending national champion Gophers, who are 35-0-0 this year, now hold the NCAA record for consecutive wins at any level with 43. Minnesota surpassed the Bemidji State men’s team, who reeled off 42 straight victories from 1983-85. BSU’s 42-game streak stretched from Nov. 8, 1983 to Jan. 1, 1985 and included a perfect 31-0-0 season in 1983-84 season that ended with an NCAA Division II championship, one of the program’s 13 national titles.
As it did in the teams’ last meeting, Bemidji State matched the Gophers in the first period as the teams exchanged chances. With 7:49 left it the period, it looked as if Minnesota got on the board when a scrum in front of the net on a Gopher power play caused the goal judge to light the lamp. After review, the no-goal call made on the ice stood and the game remained scoreless.
Minnesota broke the deadlock 4:50 into the second period, however. Senior Mira Jalosuo, who scored the overtime winner against the Beavers two weeks ago, unleashed a seeing-eye shot from the point past BSU goaltender Jessica Havel (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.).
After Havel made 26 saves to keep the Beavers afloat through 40 minutes, the Gophers began to pull away in the final frame.
Megan Bozek doubled Minnesota’s lead 4:45 into the stanza on a nice individual effort and Kelly Terry made it 3-0 just 3:46 later by redirecting a Rachel Ramsey shot from the blueline on the power play. Rachael Bona cushioned the lead again before Bozek capped the scoring with her second goal of the night.
Noora Räty made 19 saves for her NCAA record 40th career shutout and Havel tied a career high with 41 saves. In four starts against Minnesota this season, the senior netminder has tied or broken her career-high in saves in each game.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series will take place tomorrow at 4:07 p.m. If BSU wins and forces a decisive third game, the teams will meet again Sunday at 4:07 p.m. to decide which team advances to the WCHA Final Face-Off in Minneapolis next weekend.
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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).