|February 06, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||0||1|
|1||11:56||BSU||Tougas, Kaitlyn (Joyce, Alexis )|
|2||02:31||SCSU||Kelsey Saelens (Suvi Ollikainen , Alexandra Makaric)|
|2||06:40||BSU||Wright, Bailey (Bilic, Ivana , Terres, Emma)|
|2||11:50||BSU||Tougas, Kaitlyn (Joyce, Alexis )|
|3||08:05||BSU||Anderson, Stephanie (Tougas, Kaitlyn , Bilic, Ivana)|
|Shots on Goal||25||22|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 7 Bemidji State University women’s hockey team secured home ice in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Playoffs for the first time in program history after defeating St. Cloud State University 4-1, Saturday. The Beavers (18-9-3, 13-9-2 WCHA) were led by senior Kaitlyn Tougas who tallied three points (2g-1a) in the game.
With the win, Bemidji State garnered three points in the WCHA standings to push its season total to 42 and enough to secure home ice for the 2016 WCHA Playoffs. BSU can earn either the third or fourth seeds in the tournament, its highest ranking ever.
For the second straight game, Bemidji State found the back of the net first when Tougas scored her fifth goal of the season at 11:56 of the first period. The Huskies tied the game in the second period when Kelsey Saelens beat Brittni Mowat just 2:31 into the period. But the Beavers didn’t falter and regained the lead four minutes later when Wright tallied her third goal of the season and made it 2-1. The Beavers made it 3-1 off of Tougas’ second of the game at 11:50 of the period.
The Beavers and Huskies then entered the final period with Bemidji State looking to hold onto its 3-1 lead. The Beavers’ offense was too much for the Huskies however, and 8:05 into the period Anderson put home a rebound off a Tougas shot and extended the Beavers lead to 4-1. The Beavers closed out the remainder of the period with solid defense and left St. Cloud, Minn. with the 4-1 win.
The Beavers will return to Bemidji, Minn. for a WCHA series against Ohio State University, Feb. 12-13 and will honor their eight seniors Feb. 13 for senior day.
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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).