Beavers battle Bulldogs in critical conference series
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Beavers battle Bulldogs in critical conference series

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team will resume conference play this weekend as it travels to play No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers (12-9-1, 7-8-1 WCHA) and Bulldogs split their series earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn.

About the Beavers
Bemidji State will look to maintain the momentum it gained with a 6-0 victory at Lindenwood Saturday, as it takes on one of the teams ahead of it in the conference standings. The Bulldogs currently are third in the WCHA with 25 points, while the Beavers are fifth with 23 points.

BSU’s offense has come from many different sources as the Beavers have seven different skaters that have double-digit point totals. Kaitlyn Tougas leads the team with 16 points (6g, 10a) while Ivana Bilic (5g, 10a), Kristine Grenier (2g, 10a) and Alexis Joyce (4g, 7a) are not far behind.

Brittni Mowat has been Bemidji State’s main goaltender this season with a record of 10-6-1 with an 1.47 goals against average and a WCHA-best .950 save percentage.

About Minnesota Duluth
Minnesota Duluth (12-5-3, 7-5-3 WCHA) comes into 2015 with a mark of 11-1-1 in its last 13 games. The lone loss came to Bemidji State Nov. 28, 4-1. Due to its stellar play, UMD is currently ranked No. 7 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine  Poll.

The Bulldogs’ offense is led by sophomore Ashleigh Brykailuk with 22 points (10g, 12a). Fellow forward Zoe Hickel paces the squad with 12 goals, while defenseman Lara Stadler has chipped in 17 points (4g, 13a) which ranks second in the WCHA in scoring by blueliners.  

Junior Kayla Black has handled the bulk of the work in net for the Bulldogs. Black is 11-5-3 with an 1.73 goals against average and .933 save percentage this season.

Quick Hits
Last Time Out
Bemidji State split a road series against Lindenwood University last weekend. The Beavers dropped the series opener, 1-0 before defeating the Lions 6-0 in the series finale. With the results over the weekend, the Beavers move to 5-1-1 all-time against the Lions.
    
No. 12
The 6-0 victory Saturday gave Bemidji State its 12th win of the season, which is the most wins in a single season for BSU since 2011-12 (17). The 12 victories are tied for the fourth-most by a BSU squad in program history. BSU also had 12 victories in 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2001-02.

Miller joins exclusive club
Lauren Miller spearheaded the Beavers’ offensive outburst Saturday with her first collegiate hat trick. Miller became just the 12th BSU player to have a hat trick and the first since Erin Cody Jan. 28, 2011 against University of Minnesota Duluth.  

Terres Tallies First Points
Freshman Emma Terres not only scored her first collegiate point against the Lions but also tacked on another as the New Hope, Minn. native tallied two assists.  Terres became the 13th BSU player this season to notch a multi-point game.  

More assists for Madison
Madison Hutchinson tallied a pair of assists in Saturday’s victory, which was the third multi-assist game of her career. Despite being just a sophomore, Hutchinson already ranks seventh in program history for the most assists by a defenseman (18).

Shutout Stat
Goaltender Brittni Mowat made 30 saves to earn her seventh career shutout in Saturday’s 6-0 victory. Mowat’s seven shutouts rank second in program history behind Zuzana Tomcikova (18).  

Offensive Explosion
The six-goal outburst Saturday was the second-highest total by the Beavers this season. The only game BSU scored more was Dec. 5 against Minnesota State when it scored seven.  
 
Non-Conference Note
BSU closes out non-conference play with a 5-1-0 record.     

Series History vs. Minnesota Duluth
The Beavers and Bulldogs split their series earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn. UMD holds the edge in the all-time series over BSU, 60-5-2. All five of BSU’s victories have came in the last five seasons.

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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).

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