|January 04, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||14:56||MSU||McCann, Tracy (Moteyunas, Shelby , Barnes, Lauren)|
|2||00:43||BSU||Citrowske, Alex (Tougas, Kaitlyn , Ehlert, Alex)|
|3||15:28||MSU||Lundberg, Kari (Barnes, Lauren )|
|Shots on Goal||25||20|
MANKATO, Minn. (All Seasons Arena) -- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team was defeated by Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2-1 Saturday afternoon. BSU drops to 7-10-2 overall and 4-8-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play while Minnesota State improves to 9-12 overall and 4-11 WCHA.
Minnesota State would strike first with 5:04 left in the first period thanks to a net finder by Tracy McCann. The Mavericks outshot the Beavers 10-9 in the first frame. The MSU goal was the only scoring in the first frame.
Starting the second period with a one-goal deficit, the Beavers struck 43 seconds into the second stanza with a goal by Alex Citrowske (F, Jr., Savage, Minn.). It was Citrowske’s second goal of the season. Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So, Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Alex Ehlert (D, Sr., Portage, Wis.) added helpers on Citrowske’s goal. The Beavers had an opportunity to take the lead with a man advantage three times in the second period, but were not able to get anything past Maverick goaltender, Erin Krichiver. The two teams would go into the third and final period with the score 1-1.
The score remained deadlocked at one a piece until Minnesota State’s Kari Lundberg beat Bemidji State’s goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) at the 15:28 mark in the period which proved to be the game winner.
Despite the result on the scoreboard, the Beavers outshot the Mavericks by five (25-20) including a 16-10 advantage over the final two periods of play. It is just the second time this season the Beavers have lost a game after outshooting their opponent.
Mowat made 18 saves in the loss for the Beavers and dropped to 7-7-2 on the season. Krichiver got the win for the Mavericks and improves her record to 3-1-0.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State will play the series finale tomorrow at 2:07 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).