BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team (7-7-2 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA) resumes Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend as it travels to Madison Wis. to take on No. 2 Wisconsin.
Bemidji State Notables
Last TIme Out:
The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team (7-7-2 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA) lost in overtime to the Russian National Team, 5-4 in an exhibition contest Wednesday. The Beavers are now 9-4-2 all-time in exhibitions games.
The Beavers have earned conference points in four straight conference series, which is the first time, they have achieved that since 2011-12 season. BSU is currently fifth in the WCHA standings, which is the highest it has been in the conference standings since 2011-12.
Stellar in between the pipes
Bemidji State’s goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) continues to be one of the top freshmen goaltenders in the country. She is currently second in the nation among freshman goaltenders in both save percentage (.930) and goals against average (2.10). Mowat’s seven wins this season are two shy of tying the BSU record for most wins by a freshman goaltender, which was set during the 1999-2000 season by Bre Dedrickson (9).
No Sophmore Slump
BSU’s sophomore class has accounted for the bulk of the Beavers’ scoring this season. BSU’s eight second-year players have posted 17 goals (52%) and 21 assists (44%) for 38 points, or 46 percent, of the team’s 82 points (33g-49a). Leading the production is Kaitlyn Tougas (F, Thunder Bay, Ontario) (3g, 6a) and Hanna Moher (F, Milton, Ontario) (7g, 2a) with nine points a piece.
The Beavers have a six-member senior class this year and each one has contributed this season. Alex Ehlert (D, Sr., Portage, Wis.) and Allie Duellman (D, Sr., Maplewood, Minn.) are the two captains and have been BSU’s top defensive pairing all season long. Offensively, the seniors are led by Tess Dusik (F, Sr., Oak Bluff, Manitoba) (4g, 3a) and Duellman (3g, 4a) with seven points.
Speciality Special Teams
After finishing last in the WCHA last season on the power play, BSU has seen improvement in that area as it has scored a power-play goal in seven of its last eight games. Bemidji State has the third best penalty-killing unit in conference games this season behind Wisconsin and Minnesota. (33/37 attempts, .892)
The Beavers have the fourth best winning percentage on the road this season among WCHA schools (67%). This week BSU will head to Madison, Wis. as it takes on No. 2 Wisconsin. The Beavers will try and end the nation’s longest unbeaten streak as the Badgers have not lost in their last 12 games.
Playing on Sunday
The series finale will be played Sunday Dec. 8 and it will be the first Sunday the Beavers will be in action this season. BSU went 0-3-1 in 2012-13 in games played Sunday.
Scouting the Badgers:
No. 2 Wisconsin (12-2-2 overall, 8-2-2 WCHA) are a veteran-laiden team as it has seven different players that have appeared in 90 or more games in their careers. Offensively, the Badgers are led by senior Brittany Ammerman. Ammerman has tallied 21 points (10g, 11a) this season which is fifth in the WCHA. Goaltender Alex Rigsby has been the Badgers’ main netminder this season and has posted an 8-2-2 record with a .958 save percentage, 1.03 goals against average and three shutouts. Rigsby has the most wins in Wisconsin program history (91).
Wisconsin holds a 49-4-3 advantage over BSU in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 24-3-1 record in Madison, Wis.
Badgers’ home ice advantage:
Since moving into LeBahn Arena last season, Wisconsin has enjoyed plenty of success in its new home. The Badgers have lost just three times in LeBahn Arena. One of those defeats came courtesy Bemidji State last season when BSU beat Wisconsin 1-0.
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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).