BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will take a short break from Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend and host the Minnesota Whitecaps for an exhibition series, Friday and Saturday. The Beavers will use the exhibition series to rest and recuperate after having lost four straight games and are winless in their last six competitions. Puck drop for game one is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Friday, followed by game two at 3:07 p.m. Saturday.
The Beavers have faced off with the Whitecaps in three exhibition games with the last meeting in 2012. Bemidji State is 2-1 all-time against the Whitecaps and are 1-0 at home.
Beavers struggle in Madison, Wis.
Bemidji State traveled to No. 1 University of Wisconsin last weekend where the Badgers earned the sweep over the Beavers. Bemidji State failed to score a goal during the series and were shutout by a combined score of 11-0 during the series.
Wisconsin started the weekend with a 5-0 shutout in game one. The Badgers scored goals in all three periods during the game, including two in the second and third periods. Mikaela Gardner and Presly Norby each scored two goals to lead Wisconsin. Senior Brittni Mowat made 34 saves in the loss and falls to 3-6-1 on the season while Desbiens stopped all 22 shots by the Beavers to improve to 10-0-1.
The Badgers then followed with a 6-0 shootout in game two. Wisconsin used multiple goals in the first and third periods to down the Beavers. Sarah Nurse, Abby Roque and Alexis Mauermann each tallied to goals in the game. Junior Erin Deters made 35 saves in just her second start of the season and falls to 1-1-0. Wisconsin’s Ann-Renne Desbiens earned her 44th career shutout, breaking the NCAA all-time record and improved to 11-0-1 on the season.
Beavers’ Penalty Killing streak halted by Badgers
Despite holding the No. 1 ranked Badgers to zero power-play goals in game one of the series, the Bemidji State women’s hockey saw its 29-straight penalty killing streak come to an end in the first period of Sunday’s game. The Badgers scored on the first power play of Sunday’s game and went 2-for-7 during the game. The Beavers’ penalty killing percentage now stands at .923 (36-of-39), tied for fourth in the NCAA and third in the WCHA.
Former Beaver Steph Anderson returns to Bemidji
Bemidji State will welcome back former star Stephanie Anderson to the Sanford Center this weekend, as Anderson competes for the Whitecaps. Anderson returns to Bemidji for the first time since helping the U.S. Women’s National Team win its second-straight Four Nations Cup Championship. The South St. Paul, Minn., native tallied one assist in three games during the tournament held in Finland.
Bemidji State Notables
- Despite a four-game scoreless streak, Bemidji State sophomore is just outside the top 10 in scoring in the WCHA and is tied for 11th with nine points (4g-5a).
- Madison Hutchinson remains atop of the scoring list for blueliners and leads the league with eight points (3g-5a) for defensemen.
- The Beavers are seventh in the WCHA in scoring offense (1.58) and sixth in scoring defense (2.58).
- Bemidji State is being outscored 11-1 in in the first period, last in the WCHA. Minnesota State University, Mankato is next at 12-2.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan owns a 47-35-5 (.540) career record at Bemidji State, second most in program history. (Steve Sertich, 87-174-61)
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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).