BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey head coach Jim Scanlan announced today the addition of seven student-athletes to the women’s hockey program for the 2017-18 season. Paige Beebe (F, Blaine, Minn.), Clair DeGeorge (F, Anchorage, Alaska), Kerigan Dowhy (G, The Pas, Manitoba), Lindsey Featherstone (F, Woodbury, Minn.), Christina Kampa (D, Maple Grove, Minn.), Makayla Langei (D, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Lydia Passolt (F, Chanhassen, Minn.) all signed their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend Bemidji State.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“These seven young women make up a terrific recruiting class,” said Scanlan. “Each of these players have been leaders on their respective teams, and they have been instrumental in the success their teams have enjoyed. They will add speed, skill and leadership qualities to our group. They are all outstanding young women who will be terrific ambassadors for Bemidji State University and our women’s hockey program.”
Paige Beebe • Forward • 5-7
Shoots • Right
Blaine, Minn. • Blaine HS
Prior to BSU (Blaine HS) – Beebe helped guide the Bengals to the section 5AA semifinals in 2015-16… She led the team in points, goals and assists her junior season and helped the Bengals to a 21-5 record…Helped the Bengals to a state tournament appearance during the 2014-15 season… Letterwinner in hockey and lacrosse… Member of Blaine High School’s academic honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Eric and LeAnne Beebe… Born Sept. 23, 1998… Currently undecided on her major at Bemidji State.
Scanlan on Beebe: “Paige is a classic power forward who plays for Blaine High School. She is a strong, powerful skater with a great release. She has the ability to score herself but she is also a terrific play maker. She led her team in scoring as a junior and was instrumental in leading her team to the Minnesota Class AA State Tournament as a sophomore. Paige can play either center or wing.”
Clair DeGeorge • Forward • 5-10
Shoots • Left
Anchorage, Alaska. • Shattuck St. Mary’s
Prior to BSU (Shattuck St. Mary’s) – Helped guide Shattuck St. Mary’s to three consecutive National Championships… Member of the 2016 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team at the Under-18 Series versus Canada… Participated in USA Hockey's 2016 Women's National Festival… Attended the 2016 Girls Select U18 Player Development Camp… Earned the Dobbin Scholarship for the highest GPA at Shattuck St. Mary’s.
Personal: Daughter of John and Lynn DeGeorge… Born June 7, 1999… Her mother Lynn was an All-American swimmer at Indiana University and two sisters currently swim at the collegiate level… Currently undecided on a major at BSU.
Scanlan on DeGeorge: “Clair has spent her high school career playing at Shattuck St Mary’s where she has been on three consecutive National Championship winning teams. Clair was named to Team USA’s U18 National team and played in a series versus Team Canada in Calgary this summer. She has a great chance to be playing for Team USA at this winter’s U18 World Championships. She is a forward with great offensive instincts and the ability to play a 200-foot game. Clair can play any forward position.”
Kerigan Dowhy • Goaltender • 5-6
Catches • Left
The Pas, Manitoba • Interlake Lightning (MFMHL)
Prior to BSU (Interlake Lightning) – Dowhy comes to Bemidji State after competing for the Interlake Lightning of the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League… Dowhy was invited to the U18 Team Canada Selection Camp in 2016 and made Team Manitoba in 2015 and 2016… Was selected to Shaftesbury High School’s honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Brian and Meriena Dowhy… Born May 5, 1999… Uncle Dale Krentz played college hockey at Michigan State University and professionally with the Detroit Redwings… Plans to major in nursing at BSU.
Scanlan on Dowhy: “Kerigan comes to us from The Pas, Manitoba. She is a goalie who is playing in the Manitoba Female Midget AAA League for Interlake. She played for Team Canada’s U18 National Team this summer in a series versus Team USA. She recently played in the Canadian National Championships for Team Manitoba. Kerigan hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Manitoba goalie Brittni Mowat who played in the same league during her high school days.”
Lindsey Featherstone • Forward • 5-5
Shoots • Right
Woodbury, Minn. • Hill Murray HS
Prior to BSU (Hill Murray HS) – Letterwinner in hockey and soccer at Hill Murray High School… Helped the Pioneers hockey team to three consecutive state tournament appearances and two consecutive State Championships in 2014 and 2015… Helped the Pioneer to a third place finish at the state tournament in 2016… Totaled 30 points her junior season… Named team captain her junior and senior seasons… Participant in the state soccer tournament… Selected to Hill Murray’s Academic honor roll… Former Teammate of current BSU freshman Jacqueline Kaasa.
Personal: Daughter of Kevin and Katie Featherstone… Born Feb. 7, 1999… Currently undecided on a major at Bemidji State.
Scanlan on Featherstone: “Lindsey plays her high school hockey at Hill Murray where she has helped lead the Pioneers to three consecutive trips to the State Tournament, including winning the State Championship as a sophomore and junior. Lindsey is an outstanding skater who has the ability to create offense with her speed and quickness. She was named a team captain as a junior which speaks to her leadership abilities. Lindsey can play any forward position.”
Christina Kampa • Defense • 5-0
Shoots • Right
Maple Grove, Minn. • Maple Grove HS
Prior to BSU (Maple Grove HS) – Letterwinner in hockey and lacrosse at Maple Grove High School… Helped the Crimson to a second place finish at the 2016 Class AA State Tournament… All-State Second Team member in 2016… Three-time All-Conference selection… Named to USA Hockey’s Top 66 U18 players, twice… All-Conference selection in lacrosse… Member of Maple Grove’s honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Todd and Jean Kampa… Born August 31, 1999… Currently undecided on a major at Bemidji State.
Scanlan on Kampa: “Tina is a very talented defenseman from Maple Grove High School where she helped lead her team to the finals at last year’s Class AA State Tournament. She has twice been named to USA hockey’s Top 66 players in the Country at the U18 level. Tina is a natural leader who has tremendous skating skills and can contribute at the offensive end as well.”
Makayla Langei • Defense • 5-6
Shoots • Right
East Grand Forks, Minn. • Shattuck St. Mary’s
Prior to BSU (Shattuck St. Mary’s) – Helped Shattuck St. Mary’s win the U19 National Championship in 2016… Won gold with Team USA’s national U18 team at the IIHF World Championships… 2015 USA Tier 1 National runner-up… Played for Jim Scanlan at East Grand Forks High School as an 8th and 9th grader… Helped East Grand Forks win its section her freshman season.
Personal: Daughter of Kip and Chris Langei… Born Oct. 30, 1998… Grandpa, Rick Budge was a member of the Bemidji State men’s hockey team from 1962-1966… Currently undecided on a major at BSU.
Scanlan on Langei: “Mak played for me at East Grand Forks Senior High as an 8th and 9th grader. She went on to finish her high school career at Shattuck St. Mary’s where she helped lead her team to the U19 National Championship last year. Mak was also a member of Team USA’s National U18 Team that won gold at the World Tournament last winter. Mak brings great passion and lots of grit with her game.”
Lydia Passolt • Forward • 5-6
Shoots • Right
Chanhassen, Minn. • Shattuck St. Mary’s
Prior to BSU (Chanhassen HS) – Letterwinner in hockey and tennis at Chanhassen High School… Two-time All-Conference selection… Selected to the All-State First Team in 2016… Finished third in the state with 40 goals last season… Selected to Team USA’s Select 66 Camp in 2016… Four-time All-Conference selection in tennis.
Personal: Daughter of Mark and Allison Passolt… Born April 25, 1999… Has three uncles who all played collegiate hockey… Dan Passolt played for University of North Dakota in 1974, Jeff Passolt played for St. Cloud State University from 1976-80 and John Passolt played at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1978-82 while leading the Mavericks to a Division II National Championship.
Scanlan on Passolt: “Lydia is a goal scorer. As a junior last year for Chaska/Chanhassen, she finished third in the state for goals scored with 40. Her quick release and tenacity around the net have helped her become one of the top goal scorers in the state the past two years. She has helped her team reach new heights in a very competitive conference and section. Lydia can play either center or wing. One of her coaches is former Beaver great Robin Anderson.”
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