BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team will kick off the 2015 portion of its schedule with a non-conference road series at Lindenwood University Jan. 2-3. The Beavers (11-8-1, 7-8-1 WCHA) are looking to remain unbeaten against non-WCHA teams this season (4-0-0).
About the Beavers
Bemidji State will look to snap a three-game losing skid this weekend as it dropped its final three games before the holiday break. Despite the trio of losses, the Beavers have already matched their win total from a season ago (11) and narrowly missed tying a program record for most wins before semester break (12).
BSU’s offense has been led this season by juniors Kaitlyn Tougas (6g, 9a) and Ivana Bilic (4g, 10a). In addition, Stephanie Anderson (5g, 5a), Hanna Moher (4g, 6a), Alexis Joyce (3g, 7a) and Kristine Grenier (2g, 8a) have also reached double-digit point totals.
Brittni Mowat has been a staple for Bemidji State in between the pipes this season as she has started 16 of the 20 games. Mowat has a record of 9-5-1 with a 1.56 goals against average and .946 save percentage.
Like BSU, Lindenwood has already matched its win total from last season (5). LU also has a first-year head coach in Scott Spencer. Spencer is very familiar with Bemidji State as he served as a graduate assistant coach for BSU’s men’s hockey team from 2003-06. Spencer has also made coaching stops at Robert Morris and Ohio State before coming to Lindenwood.
Lindenwood’s offense has been led by Minnesota Duluth transfer Shara Jasper. Jasper, who played for UMD during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, has scored 15 points (7g, 8a) in her first season as a Lion.
Nicole Hensley has been LU’s main goaltender this season and has a mark of 5-8-1 with a 2.73 goals against average and .921 save percentage.
Last time out
Bemidji State was swept at home Dec. 19-20 by Ohio State. The Buckeyes defeated the Beavers 2-0 Friday before completing the sweep with a 2-1 victory Saturday. BSU moved to 18-34-10 all-time against the Buckeyes with the pair of losses.
Alexis adds another
Alexis Joyce netted the only goal in the series for the Beavers. The goal was Joyce’s third of the season, which ranks seventh in the conference for freshmen.
Joyce’s goal was also on the on the power-play, which snapped a 0-for-9 scoreless streak with a man advantage for the Beavers. The goal also ended an extended offensive dry spell for BSU as it went 137:49 minutes without scoring a goal.
Defensemen Ivana Bilic and Alexis Joyce have been the highest scoring defensive tandem in the nation since Nov. 28 with a combined 13 points. Bilic has scored three goals with four assists, while Joyce has tallied two goals and four assists.
More Saves for Mowat
Despite being saddled with a pair of losses against Ohio State, Brittni Mowat stopped 44-of- 47 shots in the series for a .936 save percentage.
Mowat and the rest of the Beavers’ defense has been especially stingy on Saturdays. Mowat leads the nation with a .966 save percentage, while BSU ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense on Saturdays
Milestone for Kelly
Senior Rachael Kelly played in her 100th career game Saturday for Bemidji State. Kelly, who has 30 points (18g, 12a) in her career, became the 51st BSU player to play in 100 games.
Head Coach Jim Scanlan, who is in his first season, has not only matched the Beavers’ win total from last season (11), but is one win shy of tying the program record for the most wins by a first-year head coach.
Bemidji State returns to action with a non-conference series at Lindenwood Jan. 2-3. The Beavers are 4-0-0 in non-conference play this season.
Series History vs. Lindenwood
BSU is 4-0-1 all-time against Lindenwood, including a 3-0-1 mark 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).