GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The No. 5/6 Bemidji State University women’s hockey team defeated No. 9 University of North Dakota, 1-0 Sunday to even the series. Junior Brittni Mowat earned her fourth shutout of the season and became BSU’s all-time wins leader with 42.
Senior Kristen Huber scored the games only goal in the third period and senior Hanna Moher tallied the lone assist on the play.
North Dakota started the game with a strong first period and limited the Beavers to only a couple of scoring opportunities early on. Bemidji State quickly responded to the Fighting Hawks and after some hard work in their offensive zone, the Beavers had a great opportunity to break the scoreless tie with a 5-on-3 power play. However, a great penalty kill by UND held BSU to just two shots on the power play. Both teams skated into the first intermission tied at 0-0 and North Dakota held an 8-5 shot advantage over the Beavers.
The second period was dominated by the Fighting Hawks after they held play in their zone for most of the period. Mowat held the Beavers defense together however, after she made 10 saves in the period and both teams once again skated into the locker room tied at 0-0.
The Beavers changed momentum early on in the third period when Huber found space behind the Fighting Hawks defense and beat goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie for the games first goal 55 seconds in the period. Bemidji State would go on and dominate most of the period and limited the Fighting Hawks to just three shots in the period. UND pulled Amsley-Benzie with 1:38 remaining and put constant pressure on the Beavers, but Mowat remained strong and BSU earned the 1-0 victory.
The Beavers (13-5-2, 10-5-1 WCHA) close out 2015 holding third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings and will resume play on Jan. 6-7 when they host non-conference opponent Lindenwood University.
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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).