BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team will continue an eight-game road swing this weekend with trip to No. 3 University of Wisconsin. The Badgers swept the Beavers earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn. by scores of 2-1 and 4-3.
About the Beavers
Bemidji State will look to make a move in the conference standings this weekend against the No. 3-ranked Badgers. The Beavers currently sit fifth in the WCHA pecking order with 26 points. BSU is just four points out of third place (Ohio State, 30).
BSU’s offense has come from many different sources as all but one skater that has suited up for the Beavers have scored at least one point. Leading the way offensively for the Beavers are juniors Kaitlyn Tougas (7g, 12a) and Ivana Bilic (5g, 12a).
Brittni Mowat has seen the bulk of the work in net for the Beavers this season. Mowat is 11-7-1 with an 1.47 goals against average (GAA) and .951 save percentage. Mowat’s GAA and save percentage marks rank ninth and second nationally.
Wisconsin (17-3-2 overall, 13-3-2 WCHA) currently sits atop the WCHA standings with a one point lead over Minnesota. The Badgers are coming off a rare one-point weekend as they lost and tied at Minnesota by scores of 4-1 and 1-1. Before the loss and tie, the Badgers had won nine straight games.
UW has one of the deepest offensive attacks in the WCHA as 11 different Badgers have reached double-digits in points. Karley Slyvester leads the way with 27 points (9g, 18a), while Brittany Ammerman paces in goal scoring with 10 this season.
In goal, sophomore Ann-Renee Desbiens has made 19 of the 22 starts for Wisconsin. Desbiens is 14-3-2 with an 1.35 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Seven of the 14 victories have been shutouts for Desbiens.
Last Time Out
Bemidji State split a road series against No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The Beavers took the series opener 4-1 before falling in the finale, 2-1. With the split, the Beavers move to 6-61-2 all-time against UMD. In addition, the Beavers and Bulldogs split the season series (2-2-0).
The 4-1 victory Saturday gave the Beavers their 13th victory of the season, which is the fourth-most by a BSU team in program history. The only seasons that Bemidji State had more wins were: 2011-12 (17), 1999-00 (15) and 2010-11 (14).
Tougas Tallies More Points
Kaitlyn Tougas led Bemidji State’s offense over the weekend with three points (1g, 2a). Tougas notched her fourth multi-point game of the season with a goal and assist in Saturday’s victory.
Bilic Brings Offense From the Blueline
Junior Ivana Bilic tallied a pair of assists against the Bulldogs, which gives her 17 points (5g, 12a) this season. Bilic has been one of the most productive blueliners as of late as she ranks second in the nation for points (4g, 6a) for a defenseman since Nov. 28.
More Milestones for Mowat
Goaltender Brittni Mowat went 1-1-0 despite stopping 74 of 77 shots faced over the weekend. With the victory, Mowat has a record of 11-7-1 this season. The 11 wins are the third-most victories in a single season by a goaltender in program history. Only former All-American net minder Zuzana Tomcikova (2008-12) has more wins in a season than Mowat (13, 2011-12), (12, 2010-12).
Alexis Adds Another
Freshman Alexis Joyce chipped in an assist against UMD over the weekend to give her 12 points (4g, 8a) this season. Joyce leads all WCHA freshmen defensemen with the 12 points.
A New Career-High
Junior Stephanie Anderson led BSU’s goal scorers with a pair versus UMD. With the pair of goals, Anderson establishes a new career-high in goals for a season (seven).
Stat on Scanlan
Head Coach Jim Scanlan guided his team to its 13th victory of the season, which is most by a first-year head coach in program history.
Series history vs. Wisconsin
The Badgers swept the Beavers earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn. by scores of 4-3 and 2-1. BSU is 4-55-3 all-time against Wisconsin.
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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).