BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 6 Bemidji State University women’s hockey team looks to start a new winning streak after falling to No. 3 University of Minnesota last weekend. The Beavers (10-4-2, 7-4-1 WCHA) return home after two-weekends on the road to host Minnesota State University Mankato for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Beavers Drop Two Contests In Ridder Arena
The Bemidji State Beavers saw its four-game winning streak come to an end last weekend after BSU fell to No. 3 Minnesota in two-games. The Beavers fell in the first game 4-0 and then 8-3 on Saturday. Minnesota’s Hannah Brandt exploded for five-goals on Saturday to earn WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
Senior defenseman Ivana Bilic led BSU with two points over the weekend after picking up a goal and an assist on Saturday. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native now leads the Beavers with eight points in the last six games.
Scanlan Adds Six During Early Signing Period
The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey program announced the signing of six student-athletes to its 2016-17 class. Lauren Bench (G, Eagan, Minn.), Abby Halluska (F, Delano, Minn.), Briana Jorde (D, Thief River Falls, Minn.), Jacqueline Kaasa (F, Hudson, Wis.), Haley Mack (F, East Grand Forks, Minn.), and Kaitlin Radke (F, Hastings, Minn.) all signed National Letters of Intent to join the BSU women’s hockey program in 2016-17.
Mowat Eyes All-Time Wins Record
Junior goaltender, Brittni Mowat, has put together a career for the record books in just three seasons and is on pace to go down as the most successful goaltender in Bemidji State women’s hockey history. The Glenboro, Manitoba native needs two more wins to tie Zuzana Tomcikova with 41 career wins. The Beavers will have a favorable match-up this weekend when they face the 2-11-1, Minnesota State Mavericks.
A Look At The Mavericks
Minnesota State hits the road for the second-straight week after being swept by St. Cloud State University last weekend in St. Cloud, Minn. The Mavericks (2-11-1, 0-10-0 WCHA) are currently on a 10-game losing streak and are eighth in the WCHA standings.
The Mavericks average the least goals in the WCHA and average 1.50 goals per game. MSU also ranks sixth in the league by allowing their opponents 3.57 goals per game. Minnesota State’s special teams are also one of the lowest in the conference. The Mavericks rank eighth in the WCHA on the power play by only converting on four-of-52 (.077) chances and stand in sixth on the penalty kill by stopping .778 (42-54) percent.
Hannah Davidson leads the Mavericks in scoring with 11 points (3g-8a) in 14 games this season and is 18th in the conference in scoring. The next leading scorer for MSU is senior forward Katie Johnson with nine points (2g-7a) in 11 games. Elin Johansson, who hails from Sweden, leads the Mavericks with four goals in 13 games.
Brianna Quade is the starting goaltender for Minnesota State and in 14 games, she has a 2-10-1 record. Quad has seen the most shots in the conference and leads the WCHA with 413 saves. She has allowed 46 goals this season and ranks eighth in the league with a 3.31 goals against average. For the amount of shots she has seen, Quade has stood tall in net and ranks fifth in the WCHA with a save percentage of .900.
Minnesota State and Bemidji State first met in 1999, and in 65 meetings since, Bemidji State holds the series record at 31-24-10. The Beavers are currently on a five-game winning streak against the Mavericks and have won seven of the last eight meetings. BSU last loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 4, 2014 in a 2-1 game in Mankato, Minn.
Senior Kaitlyn Tougas leads active players with 16 (9g-7a) points against the Mavericks in 12 games played. Brittni Mowat has been in net for eight games against Minnesota State and has compiled a 7-1-0 record. She has allowed 13 goals for a 1.85 goals against average and has a save percentage of .944.
WCHA Leading at the Polls
The WCHA continues to have an NCAA-best four teams (tied with the ECAC) in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Wisconsin, which is off to the best start in program history, remains the nation’s No. 1 in both polls for the third straight week. The Badgers are followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 6 Bemidji State and No. 7/8 North Dakota. A fifth WCHA team, Minnesota Duluth, is once again receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine ledger.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).