BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team (9-11-2, 6-9-1 WCHA) continues its four-game home stand Jan. 17-18 against No. 2 Wisconsin (17-3-2, 13-3-2 WCHA). The puck drops 2:07 p.m. both days from the Sanford Center.
Last TIme Out
The Beavers hosted St. Cloud State University for a WCHA series Jan. 10-11. BSU fell to SCSU 3-1 in the opening game of the series, but the Beavers bounced back to win the series finale, 2-1.
Tougas leading the Beavers
Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) has been one of BSU’s most consistent offensive performers this season. Tougas leads the Beavers in points (12) and assists (8). She has also scored a point in five of the past six series.
Milestone for Mowat
Bemidji State’s goaltender Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) had yet another stellar weekend in between the pipes for the Beavers. Mowat notched her ninth win of the season in BSU’s 2-1 victory over St. Cloud State. Her nine wins tie a BSU freshman record which was previously set by Bre Dredrickson (1999-00) for most wins in a season.
BSU continues to have a bounce back season as it has surpassed its win (6) and point (16) totals from the 2012-13 season. BSU has notched points in five of the past six conference series.
Bemidji State has played one of the tougher schedules in the country this season. It has played 12 games against schools that have been ranked or received votes in the national polls at some point this season. Against the teams that are currently ranked in the top 10, the Beavers are 0-8-0.
Special Teams tell the story
The success, or lack there of, on the power play continues to be a key indicator for BSU if it is successful or not. The Beavers are 8-1-1 when scoring with a man advantage, but are just 1-10-1 when they do not. The Bemidji State penalty-killing unit continues to be solid this season as it has not allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 8 against Wisconsin. BSU has killed off 15 straight opponent power plays.
Among the nations’s elite
Bemidji State ranks fourth in the country in combined special teams (86/151, 57%). The three teams in front of BSU in combined special teams are all ranked sixth or higher in the national polls. (Minnesota, Cornell, Harvard)
Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin arrives at Sanford Center after a rare series split with No. 4 North Dakota last weekend in Madison, Wis. Even with the loss, the Badgers held onto the No. 2 ranking in the national polls. UW has a varied offense as it has nine players that have scored at least 10 points. That group is led by Brittany Ammerman who has 13 goals and 14 assists. The Badgers have two goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games this season. Leading Wisconsin between the pipes is Alex Rigsby, who has a record of 8-2-2, save percentage of .958 and a goals against average of 1.03.
The Bemidji State/Wisconsin series has been fairly one-sided since it began in 2000. The Badgers hold the edge over the Beavers, 51-4-3, which includes a UW sweep earlier this season by scores of 7-2 and 5-2 in Madison, Wis.
Player to Watch
Alex Ehlert (D, Sr.), who is a Portage, Wis. native, is about to close in on a milestone. She will play her 100th game for Bemidji State this weekend becoming the 50th BSU player to reach that milestone.
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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).