|February 21, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||01:59||BSU||Grenier, Kristine (Moher, Hanna , Thibodeau, Summer)|
|2||07:08||MINN||Megan Wolfe (Hannah Brandt , Maryanne Menefee)|
|2||11:16||MINN||Meghan Lorence (Kate Schipper , Rachael Bona)|
|3||01:24||MINN||Maryanne Menefee (Dani Cameranesi , Megan Wolfe)|
|Shots on Goal||33||21|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — Senior Kristine Grenier and Kristin Huber both netted goals but the Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell to No. 2 University of Minnesota today in its regular season finale, 4-2. BSU finishes the regular season 18-15-1 overall and 13-14-1 in WCHA play.
Like in the series opener Friday, the Beavers struck first with a goal by senior captain Grenier at the one minute, fifty-nine second mark of the first period.
Following Grenier’s goal, Minnesota peppered BSU’s defense with 27 shots in the first stanza, nine of which reached goaltender Brittni Mowat. Not only did Mowat stop all nine attempts she faced but Bemidji State’s defense also aided its goaltender by blocking 15 shots. The concerted defensive effort by the Beavers kept the Golden Gophers off the scoreboard in the first period.
Minnesota continued the offensive pressure in the second period with 15 shots on goal, two of which lit the lamp. Megan Wolfe tied the score at one with a slap shot from the blue line at 7:08. The second Minnesota goal came on the power play by Meghan Lorence at 11:16 as a result of a BSU holding penalty at 11:01. It was the first power-play opportunity for either team in the series.
The score, which remained 2-1 heading into the final period, changed to 3-1 Minnesota 1:24 into the third stanza as Maryanne Menefee tallied her 19th goal of the season.
Bemidji State answered with a goal of its own at 6:06 by Huber to cut the deficit to one. Under two minutes later, the Beavers received their first power-play opportunity of the series after Minnesota’s Milica McMillen was called for a contact to the head penalty and was issued a game misconduct. Due to the McMillen penalty, the Beavers had a five-minute power play opportunity to try and knot the score at three but were unsuccessful. Minnesota’s defense allowed just three shots on its goaltender Sidney Peters in the extended power play chance and remained in front 3-2.
In an effort to tie the game, Bemidji State tried to pull Mowat to gain an extra skater. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Minnesota’s Dani Cameranesi gained control of the puck before Mowat could get off the ice and shot it into an empty net to seal a 4-2 victory for the Golden Gophers.
Notes on Bemidji State
- Senior Kristine Grenier notched her first goal since Nov. 28, 2014 against Minnesota Duluth. Grenier now has 11 career goals in her BSU career.
- Kristin Huber continues her productive play against Minnesota, as her goal in the third period was Huber’s fourth in seven career games against the Golden Gophers.
- BSU moves to 5-60-7 all-time against Minnesota with the loss.
- The loss against No. 2 Minnesota Saturday moves BSU to 6-5-1 against teams ranked in either of the national polls this season.
- Today's game was the last home game for the five BSU seniors: Kayleigh Chapman, Alex Citrowske, Kristine Grenier, Rachael Kelly and Jenessa Philipcyzk. The five players have been apart of 52 wins in their BSU careers, which is the most ever by a graduating class in program history.
Next up: Bemidji State will have to wait for the result of tomorrow’s Minnesota Duluth/Ohio State to learn its playoff fate. If Minnesota Duluth wins, Bemidji State will be the No. 5 seed in the first round of the WCHA playoffs and play UMD in Duluth, Minn. next weekend. However, Bemidji State will become the No. 6 seed if Ohio State wins, shootout win or shootout loss against the Bulldogs tomorrow. If the latter happens, the Beavers will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to face the No. 3 seed North Dakota next weekend.
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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).