GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) — The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team continued its record-breaking season with a 1-0 win over No. 2 University of Minnesota in the first Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Faceoff Semifinal Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Beavers, who are now 21-16-1 overall this season, will play No. 3 University of Wisconsin Sunday in the WCHA Final Face-Off Championship game. The puck drop is scheduled for 1:07 p.m.
Minnesota controlled the flow of the game in the first two periods creating 27 shots on goal, while holding BSU to 11. In addition to the shots on goal, Minnesota also had the lone power-play chance in the first two periods. Despite the disparity of shots and the man-advantage chance, the two teams went into the third period knotted at 0-0.
BSU finally broke the stalemate when Stephanie Anderson stole the puck from a Minnesota defender and scored an unassisted goal at the 11:46 mark of the third period. Anderson’s goal was quickly brought under review because she was drug down on the play and in doing so seemed to kick the puck in, but the goal stood and the Beavers were rewarded their first power-play chance of the game.
The Golden Gophers were able to kill off the penalty and received a man-advantage chance of their own at 15:24. BSU’s penalty-killing unit snuffed out Minnesota’s power-play chance to keep it an 1-0 game.
In an effort to tie the game, Minnesota pulled goaltender Amanda Leveille with 1:24 left to go in regulation but BSU’s defense did not break and held on for the 1-0 victory.
Goaltender Brittni Mowat made 37 saves and earned her 19th victory of the season. It was also her seventh shutout of the season and second against Minnesota.
Notes on Bemidji State
- Stephanie Anderson tallied her 14th goal of the season in the third period, which is the seventh-most in a single season by a BSU player. Former Beaver Guylaine Haiche also had 14 during the 2001-02 season.
- Brittni Mowat notched her seventh shutout this season, which sets a new program record for the most shutouts in a single season.
- BSU improves to 6-60-7 all-time against Minnesota, which includes a 2-2-1 mark against the Golden Gophers this season. It is the second time in program history that BSU has had two wins against Minnesota in one season with the other coming in 2011-12.
- Bemidji State had three postseason victories coming into this season, but with today’s win the Beavers have their third postseason victory this season.
- The Beavers will compete for their first ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament tomorrow afternoon in the WCHA Final Faceoff Championship game.
Ticket/Viewing Information: Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available at Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Prices for separate ticket packages for the tomorrow are listed below.
Adult: $12 / Youth (12 and under): $8/ Student (with valid ID from any WCHA women's institution): $6
Group (10 or more) – Valid for single-sessions only
Adult: $10 / Youth (12 and under) $6/ Student (with valid ID from any WCHA women's institution): $4
Fans who are unable to attend tomorrow’s game can still follow the game using any of the mediums listed below.
Bemidji area subscribers to Midcontinent can find the game on channel 323. For BSU fans outside Bemidji, to find the Midco Sports Net channel in your area go to: https://www.midcosn.com/schedule/channel-finder
Fans wanting to watch the game online or on their mobile device can do so free of charge by going to the following website: http://wcha.fasthockey.com/login.php.
Fans who are not able to watch or go to the game can still listen to Kelly Schultz’s call locally at 1300 AM KPMI or online at http://beaverradionetwork.com/.
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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).