BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 7 Bemidji State University women’s hockey plays its final two regular season games this weekend by traveling to face Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers (20-9-3, 15-9-2 WCHA) and Mavericks (3-25-4, 0-23-3 WCHA) begin their series at 7:07 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 and then face-off again at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Bemidji State Earns Sweep of Ohio State
Bemidji State earned six points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings this past weekend after sweeping Ohio State University.
The Beavers defeated Ohio State 3-1 on Friday, Feb. 12 after falling down 1-0 early in the first period. The Beavers went on to score three unanswered goals in the remaining periods and Brittni Mowat made 25 saves to guide BSU to victory. Alexis Joyce scored the game’s tying goal at 12:24 in the second period while Stephanie Anderson scored the winning goal at 6:53 in the third. Captain Hanna Moher added the insurance marker late in the third.
Bemidji State then hosted Senior Day on Jan. 13 and, led by their seniors, the Beavers completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory. Five seniors tallied at least one point including Kaitlyn Tougas who led the Beavers with a goal and two assists. A total of five Beavers recorded multiple points in the game including sophomore Alexis Joyce who tallied two goals in the game. Kristin Huber and Whitney Wivoda each recorded two assists while Lauren Miller had a goal and an assist.
Beavers Eye Program Best
The Beavers head into Mankato, Minn. this weekend in reach of another milestone in program history. After earning their 20th win of the season, the Beavers are one win shy of tying the school record for most wins in a season. The record was set last season when BSU went 21-17-1. The Beavers did, however, already achieve a program first after being the first team ever to reach the 20-win mark during the regular season.
Bemidji State has the opportunity to clinch the third seed in the WCHA Playoffs this weekend and need at least two points at Minnesota State. If the Beavers defeat the Mavericks in regulation or in a shootout on Friday night, BSU will earn the third seed and will host the sixth seed on Feb. 26-28.
A Weekend of Record Breaking
Three Beavers played themselves into the BSU women’s hockey record book this past weekend as Brittni Mowat, Stephanie Anderson, and Whitney Wivoda each set career and season records against Ohio State.
Junior Brittni Mowat earned her 20th win of the season on Feb. 13 and broke her own record set in 2014-15 for most wins in a season. Mowat now owns the top two single-season win totals and continues to climb as BSU’s all-time winningest goaltender.
Senior Stephanie Anderson scored both game-winning goals on Friday and Saturday as the Beavers swept Ohio State. She now has nine career game-winning goals surpassing the previous record holder Erin Johnson at eight.
Senior Whitney Wivoda played in her 147th career game on Senior Day, Feb. 13. Wivoda has now played in the most career games at BSU and surpassed Marlee Wheelhouse at 146. Wivoda is now tied for second among active players for career games played and trails Minnesota’s Hannah Brandt with 149.
Last Time Out
The Beavers swept the Mavericks earlier this season on Nov. 20-21 on two, 3-1 victories. Seniors Kaitlyn Tougas and Kristin Huber led the way for the Beavers with each tallying three points in the series. Tougas was the leading goal scorer with two goals and an assist while Huber had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Emma Terres also tallied two assists in the series.
A Look At The Mavericks
The Mavericks come in to the final weekend of the season hungry for their first win in conference play. Minnesota State sits in eighth in the WCHA standings with three points and has a 3-25-4 (0-23-3 WCHA) record. MSU also ranks as the lowest offense and defense in the league by scoring the fewest goals per game (1.66) and allowing the most goals per game (3.81).
Minnesota State is led by Katie Johnson who has 21 points (5g-16a) this season while Hannah Davidson leads the Mavericks in scoring with seven goals. Brianna Quade has been the steady netminder for the Mavericks this season and in 31 games she is 3-24-3. She has compiled a 3.39 goals against average and .898 save percentage and leads the WCHA with 897 saves.
Bemidji State holds the all-time series record at 33-24-10 and are on a seven-game winning streak against the Mavericks. Mowat has been stellar against MSU, and in her career has a 9-1-0 record with a 1.67 GAA and a .941 save percentage. Kaitlyn Tougas has been dominant against MSU, and in 14 career games she has 19 points (11g-8a) while holding a plus/minus of +13.
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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).