Bemidji State returns home to tangle with St. Cloud State
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Bemidji State returns home to tangle with St. Cloud State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team (8-10-2 overall, 5-8-1 WCHA) comes back home to the Sanford Center to face St. Cloud State University (3-16-2 overall, 2-12-2 WCHA) for the first time this season Jan. 10-11. The puck drops 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.

Last TIme Out
The Beavers traveled to Minnesota State University, Mankato to open up the 2014 portion of its schedule. The Beavers were able to garner a split against their WCHA rivals. After dropping the opening game 2-1 Saturday, the Beavers bounced back and won 1-0 in the series finale. With the victory, the Beavers take the season series against the Mavericks, 3-1. It is the first time BSU has taken the season series from MSU since the 2010-11 season (3-0-1)

Killing it
Bemidji State’s penalty killing unit continues to perform well this season as it snuffed out all eight of MSU’s power play opportunities in the series.

Improved Play
With the victory over Minnesota State Sunday, BSU has tied its WCHA win total from last season with five. The Beavers still have 14 regular season conference games remaining this season to surpass that total. A large part of that improvement can be found in their special teams especially on the power play. BSU has a success rate of 17.7% compared to 2012-13 when it was only successful 8% of the time with a man advantage.

By the slimmest of margins
The 1-0 victory Sunday was the second such victory this season for the Beavers as it defeated University of Minnesota Duluth by the same score Nov. 23.   

Mowing them down
Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) continues to be a staple for BSU in net. Mowat was in between the pipes for the Beavers’ 1-0 victory over MSU Sunday. It was her third shutout of the season. Mowat’s three shutouts put her in a tie for fourth place in BSU history for most shutouts in a season with Emily Brookshaw (2004-05).  

Second tells the story
When BSU leads or is tied after the second period it is 8-1-2, while it is 0-9-0 when trailing after the second period.

‘Special’ Teams
Bemidji State ranks sixth in the country in combined special teams (79/141, 56%). The five teams ahead of BSU are all ranked. (Harvard, Cornell, Minnesota, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin).

Scouting the Huskies:
St. Cloud State arrives at the Sanford Center with a 3-16-3 overall record and a 2-12-2 mark in WCHA action. The Huskies are coming off a weekend that they were swept in a home series versus the University of Wisconsin. SCSU is led by Molli Mott who paces the team in goals and points with nine and seven, respectively.The Huskies have two goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games this season. The leading goalie this season for SCSU is Julie Friend who has a record of 2-9-2, save percentage of .930 and a goals against average of 2.60.

Series History:
The Bemidji State/St. Cloud State series has been a highly contested one over the years with the Huskies holding a slight edge over the Beavers, 29-27-7 including a 3-1-0 record last season. The Beavers hold a 14-12-4 record against the Huskies in Bemidji, Minn. however.

Player to Watch:
Stephanie Anderson (F, R-So., North St. Paul, Minn.) has played against the Huskies four times in her career and has scored three points all of which were assists. All of those points were scored when Anderson played for the University of Minnesota. 

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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).

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