BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State women's hockey team opens the home portion of the 2013-14 schedule as it faces Robert Morris University on Friday and Saturday. The Beavers are currently 1-0-1.
About the Beavers:
• Bemidji State was idle last weekend following a 1-0-1 weekend at Lindenwood Sept. 27-28.
• Bemidji State returns to action this weekend as it opens its home schedule against Robert Morris University. The Beavers and the Colonials have met six times before with Bemidji State winning five of the six meetings. (5-1-0)
• BSU is entering this weekend’s action with a 1-0-1 record.
• Against the current members of College Hockey America which includes Robert Morris, the Beavers are 9-11-3 all-time.
• In home openers, BSU is 5-6-4 and 2-3-2 under current Head Coach Steve Sertich.
• Sertich’s nonconference record is currently 17-15-6.
• Six players got their first action for the green and white two weeks ago against Lindenwood, including four freshmen.
• One of those freshmen, reigning WCHA Rookie of the Week Brittni Mowat (G, 5-7, Fr., L, Glenboro, Manitoba), got both of the starts in between the pipes. Mowat allowed three goals in two games and all of those were on the power play. Mowat is 1-0-1 this season with an 1.44 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
• Another newcomer, Kristine Grenier (F, 5-6, Jr., R, St. Leon, Manitoba) got her first goal in the Beavers’ victory. Grenier is a transfer from Mercyhurst University.
• Kaitlyn Tougas (F, 5-4, So., R, Thunder Bay, Ontario) also scored a goal for the Beavers. The goal was the eighth of Tougas’ career, which makes her tied for the active leader for career goals at BSU with Kristin Huber (F, 5-11, Jr., R, Kelowna, British Columbia).
• After struggling last season on the power play, the Beavers got off to a good start in their first series. BSU scored on two of the four power play attempts it had. The .500 power play percentage ranks the Beavers first in the country.
• In this week’s USHCO.com poll, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is well represented. Five of the top 10 schools are from the WCHA the rankings are as folows: University of Minnesota (1), University of Wisconsin (4), University of North Dakota (6), University of Minnesota Duluth (9), Ohio State University (10).
Previewing the Opponent
• Robert Morris University: Robert Morris arrives in Bemidji after spliting its first series of the season at home against RPI. The Colonials are led in points by freshman forward Brittnay Howard (1g, 1a) and junior forward Rebecca Vint (0g, 2a) with two. Freshman Jessica Dodds has the Colonials win in betwen the pipes this season. She is 1-0-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
RMU Head Coach is Paul Colontino is in his 3rd season as the head of the Colonials hockey program. Since taking over the RMU’s hockey program, led the Colonials to the largest year-to-year win improvement in Division I women’s hockey in 2011-12 before guiding the squad to its first-ever conference championship. His turn-around of the RMU program earned him USCHO.com National Coach of the Year accolades. Colontino had an assistant coaching stop at fellow WCHA school North Dakota prior to taking the reigns of the RMU program.
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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).