|February 21, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||0||0||1|
|1||03:27||SCSU||Gilbert, Julia (Hanmer, Audrey , Burke, Michelle)|
|2||03:33||BSU||Grenier, Kristine (Ehlert, Alex , Dusik, Tess)|
|Shots on Goal||40||31|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Herb Brooks National Hockey Center) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team and St. Cloud State University skated to a 1-1 tie Friday evening at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The Beavers won the shootout to gain the extra conference point to give them 26 points this season.
SCSU would get on the board first with a goal by senior Julia Gilbert at the 3:27 mark in the first period. It was the 25th time this season that BSU’s opponents have scored the first goal. The Huskies controlled the puck for most of the frame as they outshot the Beavers 14-9, but BSU was able to keep the score 1-0 going into the first intermission.
The Beavers tied the game just 3:33 into the second period with a goal from Kristine Grenier (F, Jr., St. Leon, Manitoba). Seniors Tess Dusik (F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) and Alex Ehlert (D, Portage, Wis.) posted assists on the goal. For Dusik, it extends her point streak to four games.
Bemidji State got a golden opportunity to gain its first lead about eight minutes later as a SCSU player got called for a game misconduct, which gave BSU a five-minute power-play chance. That man-advantage chance would be cut almost in half, as the Beavers would be called for a penalty. The two squads did not score in that short window of four-on-four hockey.
BSU looked like it nabbed the lead with about 45 seconds remaining in the long power-play chance as Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) buried one in the back of the net, but the goal was waived off due to a St. Cloud State player being down and the referees not calling the play dead because of whistle issues. The Huskies would keep the Beavers off the scoreboard and the two squads would go into the second intermission locked in a 1-1 tie.
Both squads were unable to break the tie in the third period, which forced BSU to play in just its fourth overtime game this season. Like all the overtime games earlier this season, neither team was able to break the tie as it went to a shootout.
Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) netted the lone goal in the shootout, and that was all BSU needed as Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) stopped all three SCSU shots to give BSU its second shootout victory of the season.
Mowat not only stopped all three shooters in the shootout but also made 30 saves in the contest. Her record moves to 10-16-4.
With the results around the WCHA this evening, Bemidji State’s (10-19-4, 7-17-4 WCHA) playoff fate was decided. The Beavers will be the six seed and face North Dakota next weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. Before Bemidji State turns its attention to UND, it will close out its series with SCSU tomorrow at 3:07 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).