Beavers face road test with No. 1 Minnesota
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Beavers face road test with No. 1 Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team travels to Minneapolis, Minn. to take on No. 1 Minnesota in a WCHA series Feb. 7-8.

Last TIme Out
The Beavers (9-16-3, 6-14-2-1, 21 points) were swept by Minnesota Duluth (5-3 and 2-1) in Bemidji, Minn. Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The pair of losses brings the Beavers’ record against UMD to 1-3-0 this season.

Goal of every kind
Bemidji State scored a goal of every kind in the series versus UMD. BSU tallied a goal short-handed, on the power play, with an extra attacker and at even strength.       

Tougas on a tear
Sophomore Kaitlyn Tougas (F, Thunder Bay, Ontario) posted a point in each contest of the series against UMD. Tougas has now chipped in a point in four of the last five games. The sophomore forward continues to lead Bemidji State in points with 17 (6g,11a).

Milestone for Bilic
Sophmore Ivana Bilic (D, Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored her fifth career goal Friday. Those five goals place her eighth on BSU’s all-time list for career goals by a defenseman.   

Mowing down the minutes
Freshman Goaltender Brittni Mowat (Glenboro, Manitoba) has been a staple for the Beavers as she has logged 1487:10 minutes in between the pipes this season. She ranks seventh in BSU’s history for most minutes logged in a season.

Killing it
Bemidji State has killed off the third-most penalties in the WCHA (93). BSU is only behind Minnesota State (103) and Minnesota Duluth (102) in that category.

Close as they come
Bemidji State has played 11 one-goal games this season, which is the most in the WCHA. BSU holds a 6-5 record in such games.  

Specialty Special Teams
Bemidji State’s special teams as a whole have been very good this season as it ranks fifth
in the country in combined special teams (107/192, 55.7%).  

Tough Schedule
16 of BSU’s 28 games have been against teams currently ranked in the national polls (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Robert Morris, Minnesota Duluth). BSU is 1-14-1 against those teams compared to 8-2-2 against every other team.

About Minnesota
No. 1 Minnesota (26-1-1, 20-1-1 WCHA) has been on top of the national polls all season long. The Gophers have outscored opponents 129-31 this season. Sophomore Hannah Brandt is second in the country with 44 points (14g, 30 a). Brandt is followed closely by teammate Rachael Bona with 42 points (16g, 26a), who leads the team in goals. Defensively, Amanda Leveille has been stellar in net for the Gophers as she has a 1.12 goals against average to go along with a 26-1-1 record.  

Series History
The Gophers lead the all-time series against BSU, holding a 56-4-2 record. BSU’s last win in the series came Oct. 29, 2011. Minnesota won the prior two matchups this season, 4-0 and 4-3, Oct. 25-26 at Sanford Center.

Player to Watch
One BSU player to watch against Minnesota is Junior Alex Citrowske (F, Savage, Minn.). In the series against the Gophers earlier this season, Citrowske tallied two assists.

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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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