BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns to Western Collegiate Hockey Association action this weekend after a week break to host the Minnesota Whitecaps in an exhibition series. The Beavers (4-7-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) host St. Cloud State University for the first time this season, Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for both games of the series is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.
Bemidji State holds the all-time series record against the Huskies at 35-31-9 since the teams started play in 1999. Bemidji State went unbeaten against the Huskies in 2015 with a 3-0-0-1 record. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 6-1-0-1 in his career against SCSU while Huskies head coach Eric Rud is 1-6-1 against the Beavers in three seasons.
A look at the Huskies
St. Cloud State enters the weekend fifth in the WCHA Standings and four points ahead of the Beavers in sixth. The Huskies are 4-7-1 and 3-6-1-1 in conference play. St. Cloud State hosted Ohio State University last weekend and split the WCHA series against the Buckeyes. The Huskies were shutout, 3-0, Friday night but rebounded with a 4-1 win, Saturday. Payge Pena led the Huskies with two assists over the weekend while four different Huskies scored a goal on Saturday.
St. Cloud State brings the sixth-ranked scoring offense to Bemidji and averages 1.67 goals per game while its defense is ranked seventh and allow its opponents 2.75 goals per game. The Huskies’ power play unit converts on .079 (3-of-38) chances, sixth best in the WCHA, while their penalty killing unit kills at a .821 (32-of-39) percent, also sixth in the league.
Sophomore Julia Tylke leads the Huskies in scoring this season and is tied for 13th in the conference in points (7g-2a=9pts). Her seven goals, this season is tied for fifth-most in the league. Lauren Hespenheide leads the team with five assists (0g-5a) and is tied for second on the team with five points. Alyssa Erickson and Payge Pena have each tallied five points this season while Kayla Friesen has added four. Leading the Huskies in goal this season is Janine Alder who has compiled 4-4-1 record in nine games. She ranks fourth in the WCHA with a .939 save percentage and fifth in goals against average (1.84).
Beavers gain experience in exhibition series with Whitecaps
The Beavers took a break from league play last weekend to host the Minnesota Whitecaps in an exhibition series. The Beavers fell in both games against the Whitecaps, whose roster contains members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and former collegiate stars. The Beavers fell in game one, 4-1, but put up a season high five goals in game two in an 8-5 loss. Four Beavers scored a goal during the series including two goals scored by junior Alexis Joyce and freshman Jacqueline Kaasa. Joyce finished with three points over the weekend to lead BSU while Lauren Miller added two assists and Emma Terres tallied a goal and an assist.
Scanlan adds seven during early signing period
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.
Bemidji State Notes
- After taking the weekend off from WCHA play, sophomore Emily Bergland still leads the team in scoring (4g-5a) and is tied for 13th in the league for points (9). Madison Hutchinson follows with eight points (3g-5a) and is tied for 17th in the conference.
- Despite the break from league play, Hutchinson still leads all defensemen in scoring with eight points in 12 games. Her total is also tied for 15th with all defensemen in the NCAA.
- The Beavers’ penalty killing unit remains one of the best in the nation. Bemidji State is fourth in the NCAA, third in the WCHA, with a .923 (36-of-39) killing percentage.
- 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).