BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team, now 5-4-1 overall and 1-4-1 in WCHA play, returns home to face University of North Dakota (4-5-1, 1-4-1 WCHA) Nov. 14-15. The puck will drop at 2:07 p.m. each day from Sanford Center.
About the Beavers
Juniors Ivana Bilic and Kaitlyn Tougas have led BSU’s offense so far this season with six points each (1g, 5a). Fellow juniors Megan Lushanko and Kristin Huber have also provided some offensive production with five points (2g, 3a).
BSU has split its goaltending duties this season between Brittni Mowat and Erin Deters. Mowat, who was the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 4, is 3-2-1 with an 1.81 goals against average (GAA) and .943 save percentage, while Deters is 2-2-0 with an 1.51 GAA and .948 save percentage.
About North Dakota
After beginning its season 4-1-0, North Dakota is 0-4-1 in its last five games. Due the five game winless streak, UND has dropped out of both of the national polls this week.
North Dakota has four Olympians on its roster. Johanna Fallman (Swedeen), Andrea Dalen (Norway), Tanja Eisenschmid (Germany) and Josefine Jakobsen (Denmark) all represented their respective countries in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Becca Kohler and Meghan Dufault have paced UND’s offense with 11 and 10 points, respectively. In addition, both Kohler and Dufault have hat tricks this season. Dufault’s hat trick came against Minnesota State, while Kohler’s came against RPI.
The bulk of UND’s goaltending duties have gone to junior Shelby Amsley-Benzie. Benzie is 3-3-1 with an 1.71 GAA and .938 save percentage this season.
In Bemidji State’s last action, it took five of six points from No. 1 Minnesota with a shootout victory (Oct. 31) and a 1-0 win (Nov. 1). The Beavers were idle last weekend.
Bemidji State has been led offensively this season by its junior class. The nine-member junior class has scored 33 points (14g, 19a), which currently ranks third nationally.
Black and Blue Beavers
BSU leads the WCHA and ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots (163). Freshman Alexis Joyce leads the Beavers with 29 blocked shots this season.
Taking the Third
The Beavers have outscored their opponents 11 to 5 in the third period this season. The six-goal differential ranks third in the WCHA behind Minnesota (+11) and Wisconsin (+8).
Bemidji State’s strength this season has been defensively as it ranks tenth in scoring defense (1.67 goals/game). BSU has allowed just 15 goals in 10 games so far this season.
Jolt from Joyce
Freshman defenseman Alexis Joyce leads the Beavers’ freshman with four points (1g, 3a). Joyce’s four points is tied for fourth nationally among freshman defensemen.
Ivana Inks Her Name In the Record Books
Defenseman Ivana Bilic notched a pair of points two weeks ago versus Minnesota. With the pair of points Bilic has scored 22 points in her career (6g, 16a), which is tied for the ninth most in program history for a defenseman.
Lucky Number 13
Sophomore goaltender Brittni Mowat notched her 13th career victory Nov. 1 against Minnesota, which moved her into fifth place on BSU’s all-time wins list.
Freshman Erin Deters has been one of the nation’s top freshman net minders this season. Deters ranks first among freshmen with a .948 save percentage and third in goals against average (1.51).
Ties to North Dakota
Head Coach Jim Scanlan has a unique tie to North Dakota as he was not only an assistant coach for UND’s men’s hockey team (1989-96) but was also the head coach for the East Grand Forks (Minn.) high school girl’s hockey team for the past six seasons.
Series history vs. North Dakota
Bemidji State is 18-33-4 all-time against North Dakota. BSU’s last win over UND came Nov. 26, 2011 (3-2). BSU and UND met six times last season, including in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. BSU was 0-5-1 against North Dakota but three of the six games were decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
Player to watch vs. North Dakota
One player to watch for Bemidji State against North Dakota might be Rachael Kelly. Kelly scored four goals in the six games against North Dakota last season.
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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).