|March 01, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|3||04:42||UMD||Brigette Lacquette (Jenna McParland , Katerina Mrazova)|
|3||19:26||BSU||Moher, Hanna (Joyce, Alexis , Anderson, Stephanie)|
|4||12:08||BSU||Tougas, Kaitlyn (Anderson, Stephanie , Citrowske, Alex)|
|Shots on Goal||27||36|
DULUTH, Minn. (Amsoil Arena) — After Hanna Moher tied the game at 1-1 with 33.8 seconds remaining in the third, Kailtyn Tougas netted the game-winner in overtime to propel the Bemidji State University women's hockey team past University of Minnesota Duluth, 2-1 in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs Sunday afternoon. With the win the Beavers will make their second ever trip to the WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend The Beavers will take on University of Minnesota next Saturday at 2:07 p.m. in the first WCHA semifinal at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
Bemidji State’s offense started slowly as it registered just one shot on goal in the game’s first 16 minutes of action. The Beavers’ received a boost late in the stanza with a pair of power-play chances and ended with seven shots on goal but could not light the lamp. The Bulldogs, who also had two power-play chances in the first, were held off the scoreboard as well after compiling 11 shots on goal in the first stanza.
The second period was very similar to the first as each team registered the same number of shots on goal (11: UMD, 7: BSU) and both teams each had a pair of power-play opportunities. Despite the pressure of four power-play chances by each team and a combined 18 shots on goal, the two teams went into the second intermission still tied at 0-0.
UMD defenseman Brigette Lacquette finally broke the tie at the 4:42 mark of the third period. The goal was Lacquette’s second point of the series and fourth of the season against the Beavers.
Lacquette’s goal looked like it would be the difference maker until BSU pulled goaltender Brittni Mowat for an extra skater and Moher scored with 33.8 seconds remaining in regulation to force a sudden death overtime period.
The overtime period was closely contested as the Beavers had the narrow lead in shots on goal 6-5, but that one extra shot was the difference as Tougas scored the game-winning goal at the 12:08 mark of the overtime period to punch the Beavers’ ticket to the Final Faceoff next weekend.
Notes on Bemidji State
- The overtime victory is the first for Bemidji State since Oct. 14, 2011 versus University of Maine. It was the third overtime game for BSU this season.
- Tougas’ game-winning goal was the third this season and fourth of her career. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native leads BSU with 27 points this season (13g, 14a).
- The win was BSU’s 20th this season. It is the first 20-win season for a BSU hockey team since the men’s team had 23 wins in the 2009-10 season.
- Bemidji State will make its second appearance in the WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend. In the Beavers’ first appearance, which was after the 2009-10 season, they drew top-seeded Minnesota Duluth and fell, 7-3.
- Next weekend the Beavers will face No. 2 Minnesota. The Beavers are 1-2-1 against the Golden Gophers this season. BSU hosted Minnesota last weekend and fell in a pair of close ones, 3-2 and 4-2.
Next Up: The Beavers, now 20-16-1 overall, will take on No. 2 Minnesota next Saturday in the first WCHA semifinal game at 2:07 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. The winner between the Beavers and Golden Gophers will advance to championship game Sunday and face the winner between University of North Dakota and University of Wisconsin for the WCHA’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
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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).