No. 7 Beavers begin first road trip of 2016

No. 7 Beavers begin first road trip of 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
No. 7 Beavers begin first road trip of 2016

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 7 Bemidji State University women’s hockey team is on the road this weekend for the first time in 2016. The Beavers travel to Duluth, Minn. where they take on the University of Minnesota Duluth in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association showdown. The Beavers and Bulldogs begin the two game series at 7:07 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and then finish the series at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

Beavers Swept by No. 2 Wisconsin

The No. 2 University of Wisconsin Badgers earned six points in the WCHA standings last weekend after sweeping Bemidji State in a two-game series. The Beavers were outscored in the series 8-1, and in four regular season meetings, Wisconsin outscored Bemidji State 15-1.

Bemidji State and Wisconsin opened the series with a tight defensive battle Friday, Jan. 5 in which the Beavers fell 1-0. Junior Brittni Mowat made 31 saves but a late goal in the first period by Wisconsin’s Jenny Ryan gave the Badgers the win. UW’s Ann-renee Desbiens stopped all 28 shots by the Beavers and earned her 11th shutout of the season.

The Badgers completed the sweep after scoring three goals in each of the first two periods to take an early 6-0 lead. The Beavers made it 6-1 in the 3rd period when Kristin Huber scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the series but UW responded again and made it 7-1 before the final horn sounded. Mowat was chased out of the net after allowing five goals on 22 shots and was replaced by senior Mackenzie Bruch. Bruch, making her first appearance while at BSU, made 15 saves in her debut while only allowing two goals.

Last Meeting

The Beavers hope to rebound against Minnesota Duluth this weekend in their first road trip of 2016. Bemidji State swept the Bulldogs earlier this season after blanking UMD, 2-0 on Oct. 9. The Beavers then completed the sweep with an overtime thriller in which Lauren Miller scored the game-winning goal with 1:29 remaining in the extra period.

Mowat was outstanding in the series and allowed only one goal on 63 shots over the two-game span. For her efforts, the Glenboro, Manitoba native earned the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor. Mowat had a near perfect save percentage of .984 during the week to aid her in the fourth weekly honor of her career.

Lauren Miller (1g-1a) and Alexis Joyce (2a) each led the Beavers in scoring during the series with two points while Reilly Fawcett, Stephanie Anderson, Kristin Huber, and Miller all scored for the Beavers.

A Look At The Bulldogs

The Bulldogs enter the weekend’s action sixth in the WCHA standings with 19 points and hold a 11-9-3 (7-8-3 WCHA) record this season. UMD has lost four-straight games after falling to No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 8 North Dakota in its previous two match-ups.

Minnesota Duluth has three student-athletes who have topped 20 points so far this season, and are led by junior Ashleigh Brykaliuk with 29 points (9g-20a). Brykaliuk is also one of the top forwards in the conference and is the sixth leading scorer in the WCHA. Brykaliuk will play alongside Lara Stalder and Michela Cava are second and third on the team with 23 and 22 points, respectively.

The Bulldogs are led in net by freshman Maddie Rooney who has compiled a 5-9-0 record in 15 games this season. Rooney has totaled a 2.85 goals against average and .904 save percentage while senior Kayla Black leads the team with a 2.43 GAA and .912 save percentage and is 4-3-1 this season.

WCHA Leading the Polls

The nation’s top women’s college hockey conference continues to set this season’s standard in the opinion polls, with the WCHA matching ECAC Hockey with four ranked teams in both the USCHO.com and USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine rankings: No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 7 Bemidji State and No. 8 North Dakota.

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