|March 02, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||03:49||MINN||Milica McMillen (Hannah Brandt , Baylee Gillanders)|
|1||09:48||MINN||Meghan Lorence (Becky Kortum )|
|2||01:17||MINN||Hannah Brandt (Megan Bozek , Rachael Bona)|
|2||01:39||MINN||Baylee Gillanders (Megan Bozek , Katie Frischmann)|
|2||08:17||MINN||Sarah Davis (Lee Stecklein , Bethany Brausen)|
|2||18:06||MINN||Brook Garzone (Hannah Brandt )|
|3||14:06||MINN||Katie Frischmann (Mira Jalosuo , Sarah Davis)|
|Shots on Goal||19||38|
MINNEAPOLIS (Ridder Arena) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team’s season came to a close Saturday afternoon with a 8-0 loss to top-ranked University of Minnesota at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The Beavers were swept in their best-of-three WCHA playoff series against the Golden Gophers, who remained undefeated at 36-0-0 and maintained a 44-game unbeaten streak that dates back to their national championship season in 2011-12.
Bemidji State finishes its season with a 6-26-2 record which includes five WCHA victories. The game was the last at BSU for the team’s eight seniors who complete their careers tied for being winningest four-year class in program history: Emily Erickson (F, Coleraine, Minn.), Sadie Lundquist (F, Cloquet, Minn.), Molly Arola (F, Walker, Minn.), Abby Williams (F, Alexandria, Minn.), MacKenzie Thurston (F, Ottawa, Ontario) Jamie Hatheway (F/D, Trenton, Ontario), Erika Wheelhouse(D, Crookston, Minn.), and Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.).
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the series with a 5-0 victory Friday, the Gophers got off to a fast start and didn’t look back in Saturday’s contest. Milica McMillen got the scoring started at the 3:49 mark of the first period with a shot the ricocheted off the crossbar and in.
Just before the midway point of the opening period, Meghan Lorence doubled the Minnesota lead with a wraparound goal. Havel stopped 12 Gopher shots in the period to keep the Beavers in the game.
The Gophers opened up the offense in the second period when Hannah Brandt, Baylee Gillanders, and Megan Bozek scored in rapid succession to make it 5-0. At that point, Abby Ryplanski (So., G, Winnipeg, Manitoba) replaced Havel in goal. Havel finished with 14 saves to bring her career total to 525.
Before the end of the second period, Sarah Davis and Brook Garzone potted goals for Minnesota to make it 7-0 and Katie Frischmann capped the scoring in the third period.
Ryplanski finished the night with 16 saves, while Minnesota netminder Noora Räty stopped all 19 shots she faced for he NCAA-record 41st career shutout. Bemidji State struggled offensively to close out the season being shut out in five of its final seven games.
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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).