BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team welcomes Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Minnesota State University, Mankato to the Sanford Center this weekend. Bemidji State (8-5-1) looks to maintain its stellar play as of late as it has won four of its last five games coming into the weekend.
About the Beavers
BSU is paced offensively by Kaitlyn Tougas who has 10 points this season (3g, 7a). Stephanie Anderson (4g, 4a) and Ivana Bilic (2g, 6a) also provided a spark with eight points each.
Sophomore Brittni Mowat leads BSU goaltenders with a 6-3-1 mark, 1.49 goals against average and .952 save percentage. Freshman Erin Deters has made four starts as well and has posted a 2-2-0 record, 1.51 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
About Minnesota State
Minnesota State comes into the weekend as the only winless team in the country. MSU has a very young team as 16 of its 23 players are underclassmen including 12 freshmen.
MSU’s offense has mainly gone through a pair of freshman in Nicole Schammel and Hannah Davidson. Schammel leads the Mavericks in goals with four, while Davidson paces the squad with four assists.
Junior Erin Krichiver has handled the bulk of the goaltending for MSU. Krichiver has a 0-9-1 record with a 4.25 goals against average and .909 save percentage. Brianna Quade has also made five starts in net and has a 0-4-0 mark with a 3.87 goals against average and .915 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Bemidji State split its series last weekend against Minnesota Duluth. BSU defeated the Bulldogs Friday 4-1 before dropping the series finale, 2-0. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Beavers, which tied the longest in program history.
Bemidji State is off to its second best start through 14 games in program history. The only better start came during the 2011-12 season when BSU was 8-4-2.
Bemidji State ranks second nationally in blocked shots per game (17.07). Only Robert Morris averages more blocked shots per game (18.08).
Grenier Generating Offense
Senior Kristine Grenier tallied her first career multi-point game against UMD Friday. Grenier is tied for fourth on the team with six points (2g, 4a) this season.
Stephanie Anderson notched a two-assist game Friday versus the Bulldogs. Anderson has already matched her point total from last season (eight).
Ivana puts games on ice
Ivana Bilic registered the game-winning goal against UMD Friday. Bilic has two game-winning goals this season, which is tied for the most in nation by a defenseman. Defenseman Ivana Bilic has 23 career points which is the eighth most by a defenseman in BSU history.
Sophomore Netminder Makes Saves
Brittni Mowat, who is 6-3-1 this season, ranks fourth nationally with a save percentage of .952.
Rookie of the Week
BSU freshman Alexis Joyce was named WCHA Rookie of the Week Tuesday. Joyce notched an assist against Minnesota Duluth. The Lakeville, Minn. native led the team with five blocked shots to enhance a BSU defense that allowed just three goals in two games. Joyce leads BSU freshmen with five points (1g, 4a) and ranks fourth nationally with 39 blocked shots.
Number Nine Nationally
The Beavers are ranked No. 9 in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls this week.
Series History vs. Minnesota State
Bemidji State hosts WCHA rival Minnesota State this weekend. BSU is 27-24-10 all-time against the Mavericks, including a 3-1-0 mark versus MSU last season. The Beavers are 13-10-7 all-time against Minnesota State in Bemidji, Minn., including a 6-2-0 mark at Sanford Center.
Player to Watch
Kaitlyn Tougas has enjoyed quite a bit of success against Minnesota State in her career with eight points (4g, 4a) in eight games.
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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).