BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team (9-13-2, 6-11-1 WCHA) travels to Grand Forks, N.D. this weekend to face No. 3 North Dakota at Ralph Englestad Arena.
Last TIme Out
Bemidji State was swept at home last weekend, losing 6-0 and 3-1 to No. 2 Wisconsin. The Beavers fall to 2-9-1 against ranked or teams receiving votes in the national polls at the time they played them.
Tougas leading the Beavers
Sophomore Kaitlyn Tougas (F, Thunder Bay, Ontario) continues to lead BSU in scoring with 13 points (4g, 9a) in 23 games this season. Tougas is also the active leader for the Beavers in points scored (27)
Goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) ranks third in the WCHA in minutes played (1244:53) and fourth in saves (574). Mowat currently has nine victories this season, which ties a BSU freshman record for wins in a season.
Milestone for Ehlert
Senior Alex Ehlert (D, Portage, Wis.) played in her 100th career game Friday against Wisconsin. Ehlert is the 50th BSU women’s hockey player to reach that milestone.
Bemidji State has played one of the most grueling schedules in the nation this season as only three of its opponents (Lindenwood, Minnesota State, St. Cloud State) have yet to be ranked or receive votes in the national polls.
Powering up the power play
Bemidji State has an 8-1-1 record when scoring a power-play goal. On the flip side, BSU is 1-12-1 when it does not. Juniors Rachael Kelly (F, Rosemount, Minn.) and Kristine Grenier (F, St. Leon, Manitoba) has led BSU’s powerplay with three goals each.
Among the nations’s elite
Bemidji State ranks fourth in the country in combined special teams (91/151, 57%). The three teams in front of BSU in combined special teams are all ranked fifth or higher in the national polls. (Minnesota, Cornell, Harvard)
Critical stretch for the Beavers
Bemidji State currently sits in fifth place in the WCHA standings with 20 points. The Beavers will face three of the four teams ahead of them in the conference pecking order in the next three weeks. BSU has a record of 1-9-0 against the top four schools (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth) in the conference standings compared to 5-2-1 against the bottom half (Ohio State, Minnesota State, St. Cloud State).
About North Dakota
North Dakota (15-5-2, 12-4-2 WCHA) is coming off a sweep of St. Cloud State by scores of 4-0 and 3-1 last weekend. With the sweep, UND moved up to No. 3 in the latest USCHO.com poll which is its highest ranking in program history. UND has been led offensively this season by Josefine Jakobsen who leads the squad 23 points (9g,14a), and Michelle Karvinen leads UND with 13 goals. Karvinen will be playing for Team Finland in this year’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. North Dakota has had a pair of underclassmen share the goaltending duties this season. Sophomore Shelby Amsley-Benzie and freshman Lexie Shaw have both seen action in at least nine games this season, and both winning percentages of over .700.
UND leads the series with the Beavers 30-18-3 including a sweep earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn. by scores of 6-2 and 5-1. North Dakota has won 17 of the 19 meetings played in Grand Forks, N.D.
Players to Watch
A pair of sophomores have had solid numbers against North Dakota in their short time in a BSU uniform. Jenessa Philipczyk (F, Stillwater, Minn.) and Whitney Wivoda (F, Fairbanks, Alaska) have both scored two goals against UND in just four and eight games respectively.
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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).