|November 01, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||15:44||BSU||Bilic, Ivana (Tougas, Kaitlyn , Hutchinson, Madison)|
|Shots on Goal||19||36|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Ridder Arena) — The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team handed No. 1 University of Minnesota its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action, 1-0. With the win, Bemidji State takes five of the possible six points from the top-ranked Golden Gophers.
Brittni Mowat made 36 saves and earned her fifth career shutout and her second of the season. It was the first time the Gophers have been shutout since Dec. 3, 2010 against the Beavers, 2-0.
Bemidji State scored all the offense it would need at the 15:44 mark in the first period with a power-play goal by Ivana Bilic. The goal was just the third that the Golden Gophers have allowed this season.
Following Bilic’s goal, BSU used a defensive effort, spearheaded by Mowat, to keep its lead. Like in last night’s contest, Minnesota outshot the Beavers in every period and ended the game with a 36-19 shot advantage.
In addition to the shot differential, Bemidji State also had to deny the nation’s top power-play unit on three opportunities. Mowat made six saves, while Minnesota had a man advantage and six additional shots never reached Mowat due to BSU’s defense.
Minnesota pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker at the 18:33 mark of the third to try and tie the game and were aided by power-play chance, but BSU was able to hold on for its first victory over the Gophers since Oct. 29, 2011.
Notes on Bemidji State
- The victory was the Beavers' second ever against the nation’s top-ranked team. BSU knocked off Mercyhurst University Oct. 16, 2011.
- BSU improves to 5-58-7 all-time against Minnesota and earned its first ever five-point weekend against the Golden Gophers.
- Coming into the series against Bemidji State, Minnesota was 86-2-2 in its last 90 games.
- The victory was also the first for the Beavers over a ranked opponent since it knocked off University of Wisconsin, 1-0 Oct. 9, 2012.
- Ivana Bilic netted her sixth career goal in the victory, which ties the Coquitlam, British Columbia native for sixth-most goals by defensemen in program history.
- Mowat earned her 13th career victory, which is the fifth-most by a BSU net-minder in program history.
Next up: BSU will have an off week next week before returning home Nov. 14-15 for a series against University of North Dakota.
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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).