BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 8 Bemidji State University women’s hockey team continues Western Collegiate Conference Hockey Association play after splitting the opening weekend with No. 2 University of Minnesota. The Beavers (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) host Ohio State University (2-1-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) which comes to Bemidji, Minn., after going 0-1-1 against No. 1 University of Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes travel to Bemidji, Minn., searching for their first win in league play and own a 2-1-1 record overall. The Beavers and Buckeyes series started in 1999 with OSU leading the series record 34-22-10 but the Beavers are currently on a four-game winning streak, having swept the Buckeyes in all four meetings a season ago. Bemidji State is 13-15-16 at home against OSU and BSU head coach Jim Scanlan is 4-4-0 in two seasons against the Buckeyes.
A Look At The Buckeyes
Ohio State enters the weekend after opening conference play against No. 1 Wisconsin last weekend. The Buckeyes went 0-1-1 against the top-ranked Badgers while UW picked up the extra point in the WCHA standings by defeating OSU in the shootout following the tie. Julianna Iafallo scored the only goal for the Buckeyes in the series while Samantha Bouley and Dani Sadek each tallied an assist. Sophomore Kassidy Suave made a total of 81 saves over the weekend including 37 in the 1-1 tie, Oct. 8.
Ohio State has the seventh-ranked offense in the WCHA and averages just 1.67 goals per game compared to the Beavers, who average 2.00 (4th). The Buckeyes’ defense is tied for third in the league allowing just 1.25 goals while the Beavers are second averaging 1.00. OSU averages the most penalty minutes in the league (13.5 PIM/G) and have a .920 penalty-kill percentage (23-25). Ohio State’s power play is seventh in the WCHA having only converted on one power play in 19 chances (.053).
Leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season is Bouley who is tied for 10th in the league with four points (1g-3a). Sophomore Maddy Field leads the team in goals (2) and has three points this season. Suave has started every game in net this season and is 2-1-1. She is fifth in WCHA with a 1.23 goals against and boasts a .967 save percentage, second-best in the league. She has seen the second-most shots in the nation so far this season at 153.
Mowat Earns League’s first Defensive Player of the Week in 2016
Bemidji State University women’s hockey senior Brittni Mowat has been named the WCHA’s first Defensive Player of the Week of the 2016-17 season. This is the sixth time in her career that she has earned this honor.
Mowat made a total of 57 saves to help the Beavers split their WCHA opening weekend against No. 2 University of Minnesota including 31 in her 16th career shutout, Oct. 8. She totaled a 1.50 goals against average had a .950 save percentage to improve to a 2-1-0 record on the season.
Beavers Open Conference play with split with No. 2 Gophers
Bemidji State opened conference play with a series tie against No. 2 Minnesota last weekend. The Beavers fell 3-1 in game one in a game that saw all four goals scored in the third period. Senior Lauren Miller scored the Beavers’ lone goal in the game while Mowat made 26-of-29 saves for the Beavers. The Beavers the followed with a 2-0 shutout to even the series. Mowat made 31 saves and earned her 16th career shutout while Summer Thibodeau scored the game-winning goal just 1:21 into the first period while senior Ciscely Nelson added an empty-net goal late in the game.
The win against the Gophers was the first win since March 7, 2015 and the first during the regular season since Nov. 1, 2014. The upset win snapped a four-game losing streak against Minnesota and is just the third win in the last 24 meetings.
Bemidji State enters national polls
The Beavers enter the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls for the first time this season. The Beavers are ranked eighth in both polls after receiving votes for the past two weeks. Bemidji State finished last season ranked No. 10 in both polls after setting a program record in wins (22).
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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).