|December 06, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:51||BSU||Kelly, Rachael (Chapman, Kayleigh , Wivoda, Whitney)|
|3||08:01||BSU||Tougas, Kaitlyn (Joyce, Alexis , Bilic, Ivana)|
|Shots on Goal||26||37|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team notched its fourth shutout of the season as it knocked off Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday afternoon, 2-0. With the win, BSU improves to 10-5-1 overall and 6-5-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play.
Bemidji State struck first as Rachael Kelly put back a shot from fellow senior Kayleigh Chapman at the 8:51 mark in the first period to give the Beavers an early 1-0 lead. The Beavers maintained pressure on the Mavericks for the majority of the period as they outshot their counterparts, 14-4. Despite the shot differential, the score remained 1-0 going into the first intermission.
After the fairly lopsided first frame, the Beavers and Mavericks nearly skated to a deadlock in the second and third periods. The shots over the final two periods were 23-22 in Bemidji State’s favor, but the one extra shot for BSU proved fruitful as Kaitlyn Tougas gave the Beavers a 2-0 at the 8:01 mark in the third period to seal the win.
Goaltender Brittni Mowat stopped all 26 shots she faced to improve to 8-3-1 on the season. The shutout was the third of the season and sixth of her career.
Notes on Bemidji State
- Bemidji State completed its fourth sweep of the season with the win, which ties a program record for sweeps in a season. BSU also had four sweeps in the 1999-00 and 2011-12 seasons.
- Tougas’ goal in the third period gives the Thunder Bay, Ontario native 12 points (7g, 5a) in 10 career games against Minnesota State.
- Ivana Bilic provided an assist on Tougas’ goal to give her 21 assists and 29 points in her career. Both marks are tied for fifth-most by a defenseman in program history.
- Bemidji State improves to 29-24-10 all-time against Minnesota State with the two victories this weekend. The sweep is the third time in the last four seasons that the Beavers have swept Minnesota State in Bemidji, Minn.
Next up: Bemidji State will make its first road trip since late October next weekend as it travels to St. Cloud State University Dec. 12-13 in another WCHA series.
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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).