|January 15, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||19:23||WIS||Ryan, Jenny (Pankowski, Annie , Clark, Emily)|
|Shots on Goal||32||28|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 6 Bemidji State University women hockey team fell in a tight contest to No. 2 University of Wisconsin, 1-0 Friday afternoon. Junior Brittni Mowat made 31 saves but the Beavers (15-6-2, 10-6-1 WCHA) were shutout by the Badgers (21-1-1, 15-1-1 WCHA).
Wisconsin scored only goal of the game when Jenny Ryan scored off a rebound from a shot by Annie Pankowski with just 37 second remaining in the first period. Badgers goaltender Ann-renee Desbiens earned her 11th shutout of the season and her third against Bemidji State.
The Beavers started the game by going toe-to-toe against the second ranked Badgers in the opening period. BSU outshot Wisconsin 12-11, but went into the first intermission down 1-0 after Ryan’s goal.
Wisconsin came out in the second period looking for another tally, but Mowat remained dominant in net and stopped all 15 shots by the Badgers. BSU earned its first power play of the game with 1:46 remaining, but couldn’t beat the nation’s top penalty killing unit and the score remained 1-0 entering the final period.
Each team’s defenses remained strong in the third period and only 14 total shots made their way to the net minders. Unable to beat Desbiens in the period, Bemidji State pulled its goaltender with 2:15 left in the game. BSU would add drama to the game after dominating play in its offensive zone with the extra attacker. However, the Badgers successfully defended the Beavers attack and defeated BSU 1-0 at the Sanford Center.
Bemidji State will look to even the series tomorrow by playing the final game of its regular-season series against the Badgers at 2:07 p.m.
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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).