BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team jumps right into Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend by hosting No. 2 University of Minnesota for the league-opening series. The Beavers (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) and Gophers (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) clash in a two-game series starting Friday, Oct. 7 at 3:07 p.m. followed by the final game Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3:07 p.m.
Bemidji State is 6-64-7 all-time against the Gophers in a series that dates back to 1998 and are 2-30-3 at home. BSU’s last win came March 7, 2015 in a 1-0 shutout in the WCHA Final Face-off. The Beavers lost all four games against the Gophers in 2015-16. The last time the Gophers were at the Sanford Center, the Beavers lost a pair of 2-1 games with BSU falling in the last game during overtime.
A Look at the Gophers
Minnesota enters the weekend after opening its season last weekend against non-conference opponent, Lindenwood University (Mo.). The Gophers swept the Lions and outscored their opponent 9-2 in the series. Senior Dani Cameranesi (2g-2a) and sophomore Sarah Potomak (1g-3a) led the Gophers in scoring by recording four points in the series. Junior Sidney Peters earned two wins for the Gophers in net by stopping a total of 17-of-19 shots.
The Gophers scored the second most goals during the opening weekend, falling short of University of Wisconsin who totaled 10. Minnesota is tied for third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just two goals over the weekend. The Gopher’s power play is tied for fourth in the conference, converting at a .167 percentage (1-6). Their penalty kill is tied for the league’s best after remaining perfect (5-5) against Lindenwood.
Bemidji State will see some of the best scoring forwards in the WCHA in Cameranesi and Potomak. Each are tied for second in the WCHA in scoring during the opening weeks of the season while Cameranesi returns as the WCHA’s Scoring Champion after totaling a career high 68 points (33g-35a) a season ago. Potomak also returns from her freshman season that saw her total 54 points (15g-39a) and was named the National Rookie of the Year. The Gophers also return four of their top five scorers and eight of their top 10 from last season.
Beavers begin 2016-17 with sweep of Syracuse
The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team got off to a good start to the 2016-17 season by going undefeated in Syracuse, N.Y. The Beavers swept Syracuse University in non-conference action.
Bemidji State began the weekend with a 2-1 victory on opening night over the Orange. The Beavers rallied from down one after the first to score two unanswered goals, including the game-winner with 12:31 left to play in the final period. Junior Reilly Fawcett scored the game-winning goal while sophomore Emily Bergland led the Beavers with two points (1g-1a) in the game. Senior Brittni Mowat earned her first win of the season after stopping 11-of-12 shots to help guide the Beavers to victory.
The Beavers completed the sweep the following night with a 3-0 shutout of the Orange. Junior Erin Deters stopped all 28 shots by SU, including nine on the power play, to earn her second career shutout. Alexis Joyce (1g-1a), Bailey Wright (0g-2a) and Kiki Radke (0g-2a) all recorded two points in the game while Bergland scored the game-winning goal in the second period.
Bergland leads the team in scoring entering the weekend and stands tied for third in the WCHA in goals (2) and tied for seventh in points (3). The Thief River Falls, Minn., native has already nearly surpassed her freshman season total in just two games after recording four points (3g-1a) last season. The weekend also marks the first time that she has recorded goals in back-to-back games.
Radke has had a quick start to her collegiate career. The Hastings, Minn., native recorded two points over the weekend after tallying two assists on Saturday. Her assists total is tied for sixth best in the WCHA. Joining Radke with multiple points over the weekend is Joyce and Wright.
Deters had a surprising start to the new season earning just her second career shutout in her first start of the season. Deters stopped all 28 shots by the Orange and recorded her first win since Oct. 4, 2014.
Beavers to host youth girls’ hockey mini game Saturday
The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will host the Bemidji U10 and Grand Rapids U10 girls’ hockey teams for a mini game during the first intermission of Saturday’s game against No. 2 University of Minnesota. The mini game will celebrate the 2016 World Girls’ Hockey Weekend.
World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is presented by the International Ice Hockey Federation, and is a global initiative designed to honor the strides that have been taken in both participation and player development for girls’ hockey, while providing new families an opportunity to get involved.
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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).