|February 28, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||10:30||BSU||Kelly, Rachael (Tougas, Kaitlyn , Bilic, Ivana)|
|2||06:51||UND||Gracen Hirschy (Meghan Dufault , Becca Kohler)|
|3||08:51||UND||Susanna Tapani (Meghan Dufault , Gracen Hirschy)|
|3||09:17||UND||Michelle Karvinen (Leah Jensen )|
|Shots on Goal||14||38|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Englestad Arena) – No. 9 University of North Dakota got a pair of goals and an assist from Gracen Hirschy and a two assists from Megan Dufault to erase an early deficit and take game one of the best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series, 4-1, versus Bemidji State University Friday at Ralph Englestad Arena.
Bemidji State started fast in the first frame as it got a power-play goal from Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) to give it a 1-0 lead at the 10:30 mark. The lamplighter was set up in part because high-sticking penalty by North Dakota. It was the first power-play score for the Beavers since Jan. 31 against University of Minnesota Duluth.
North Dakota would answer at the 16:43 mark with Hirschy’s first goal of the evening to tie the game, 1-1, which would be the score at the first intermission.
Hischy would add a power-play goal in the second frame to give North Dakota the lead at 2-1.
BSU had a rough time generating offense in the period as it managed just two shots on goal against UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie.
UND opened the third clinging to a 2-1 lead and would get a pair of goals from recently reacquired Olympians, Susanna Tapani and Michelle Karvinen, in the third to seal the 4-1 victory.
Freshman Brittni Mowat (G, Glenboro, Manitoba) made 34 saves in the game, including 28 combined in the first and third periods, but was saddled with the loss dropping her record to 10-17-4.
Amsley-Benzie made 13 saves en route to her 12th victory of the season (12-6-2).
UND out shot the Beavers in each period for a 38-14 advantage on the night. In addition to those 38 shots that got to Mowat, the Beavers also blocked 22 shots.
Bemidji State, now 11-20-4 overall, looks to extend the series and its season tomorrow as the Beavers face North Dakota for game two of the playoff series. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:07 p.m. at Ralph Englestad Arena.
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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).