|November 23, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|3||19:45||BSU||Bilic, Ivana (Hutchinson, Madison )|
|Shots on Goal||16||38|
DULUTH, Minn. (Amsoil Arena) – Sophomore Ivana Bilic (D, Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored the game-winning goal on a power-play with just 15 seconds left in the third period to lift the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to a 1-0 victory over University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening at Amsoil Arena. The win was just BSU’s second ever in Duluth, Minn. and fourth overall in the series. The Beavers have now earned at least a point in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play for the fourth consecutive weekend for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
As was the case last night, the Bulldogs outshot the Beavers in the first period. UMD had 18 shots on goal compared to BSU’s six. Goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) and the rest of BSU’s defense were up to the task, as they kept UMD off the scoreboard. UMD’s defense was just as dominant as it was last night as it continued to shutout the Beavers.
It was another defensive-minded period in the second, as both teams were held scoreless again. BSU was able to close the shot differential to seven, but BSU managed just four shots on net in the frame. Both squads had a pair of power-play opportunities in the second frame but all were turned away.
The defensive-controlled contest continued deep into the third. A critical cross-checking penalty was called on UMD at the 18:44 mark to set up the eventual game-winner. Madison Hutchinson (D, Fr., Manitou, Manitoba) chipped in an assist on the goal for her fifth of the season, which currently ties her for second on the team in that category with Bilic.
Mowat made 38 saves to earn her seventh win of the season and improve her record to 7-6-2. The shutout was her third of the season and second in WCHA play.
Mowat’s seven victories puts her two shy of tying the freshman record for wins in a season set by Bre Dredrickson during the 1999-2000 season.
Bemidji State won the game despite being outshot 38-16. It marked just the second time this season that BSU has won a game with that being the case. The first came Nov. 16 versus Minnesota State University, Mankato, 3-2.
The Beavers will take a week off of conference play as they play host to the Russian National Team in an exhibition contest Nov. 27 at the Sanford Center. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m.
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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).