BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team begins a four-week long road trip this weekend by traveling to face No. 2 University of Minnesota. The Beavers (5-8-1, 3-8-1 WCHA) won’t play at home again until Jan. 20 and also travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato and Rochester Institute of Technology before the Christmas break, Dec. 11. The Beavers begin the road trip by travelling to Ridder Arena to face the second-ranked Gophers. Puck drop for the Saturday-Sunday series is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. for each game.
Bemidji State is 7-65-7 all-time against Minnesota in a series that dates back to 1998. The Beavers are 3-34-4 in Minneapolis with Bemidji State’s last win at Ridder Arena coming Nov. 1, 2014 in a 1-0 game. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 3-7-1 in three seasons against the Gophers while Minnesota’s Brad Frost is 33-4-4 against the Beavers.
The Beavers hosted the Gophers earlier this season and split the WCHA opening series. BSU fell in game one, 3-1 but senior Brittni Mowat led the Beaves to a 2-0 shutout in game two. The win snapped a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.
Lauren Miller leads the Beavers with four goals (4g-0a=4pts) in her career against Minnesota while Madison Hutchinson and Alexis Joyce each have four assists (0g-4a=4pts). Hutchinson and Emma Terres each totaled two assists in the last series against UM, leading the team. Miller, Summer Thibodeau and Ciscely Nelson each scored for the Beavers.
A look at the Gophers
Minnesota enters the weekend second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Standings and and trailing No. 1 University of Wisconsin by one point for the top spot. The Gophers boast an 11-1-2 record and are 9-1-2-2 in conference play. The Gophers were in Grand Forks, N.D., last weekend to face University of North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks forced two overtime periods with the second-ranked Gophers but Minnesota earned four-of-six points with two shootout wins. Senior Dani Cameranesi led the Gophers with two goals while junior Kelly Pannek (0g-3a) and sophomore Sarah Potomak (1g-2a) each led the team with three points.
The Gophers have the second-ranked scoring offense in the league and fourth-best offense in the NCAA t and averages 3.50 goals per game. Their defense is just as good ranking second and fourth in the WCHA and NCAA, respectively allowing just 1.43 goals per game. Minnesota has the top power-play unit in the WCHA and are second in the nation by converting on .227 percent (10-44). Its penalty-killing unit, however, ranks just fourth in the conference with a .902 percent (37-41).
The Beavers will face one of the best lines in the nation in Cameranesi, Pannek and Potomak. Pannek and Potomak are each tied for the league lead in points (25) while Cameranesi follows with 24. Cameranesi is the nation’s leader in goals (14) while Pannek leads the nation with 20 assists this season.
Mack tabbed as WCHA Rookie of the week
Bemidji State University women’s hockey freshman Haley Mack was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, Tuesday for her efforts last weekend. The East Grand Forks, Minn., native led the Beavers with three assists in a 6-2 victory over St. Cloud State University, Nov. 18. Mack led all freshman in the WCHA in scoring with her three assists and tied for second with all players with three points. She also tied for the team lead by going +2 and totaled 10 shots against the Huskies.
Beavers split with Huskies
The Beavers will look to earn much needed points in the WCHA Standings after garnering three-of-six points last weekend against St. Cloud State University. Bemidji State earned all three of its points in the opening game of the series after the Beavers scored a season-best six goals en route to a 6-2 victory. BSU totaled a season-best 57 shots in the game and the highest total since Jan. 7, 2016 against Lindenwood University (Mo.). However, a great goaltending performance by freshman Janine Alder spoiled the Beavers’ chances at a sweep after Alders stopped all 31 shots by the Beavers. Bemidji State outshot St. Cloud State 31-14 in the game but failed to put one past the freshman goaltender. In total, the Beavers outshot the Huskies 88-32 in the series.
Bemidji State Notes
- Freshman Haley Mack led the Beavers in scoring last weekend after she tallied a career-best three assists during the Beavers’ 6-2 win.
- The three assists for Mack was the most since Kaitlyn Tougas recorded three assists against Lindenwood, Jan. 7, 2016.
- Mack led all freshmen in the WCHA in scoring through the weekend and tied for second throughout the league.
- Despite not scoring a point during the series with the Huskies, Madison Hutchinson remains atop the league scoring list for defenseman (3g-5a) and is tied for the top spot with eight points.
- Sophomore Emily Bergland continues to lead the Beavers in scoring with 10 points (5g-5a) after scoring a goal against the Huskies. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native is tied for 15th in the WCHA in scoring.
- Mack now leads the Beavers’ freshmen in scoring with five points (0g-5a) and is tied for ninth in the league in freshman scoring.
- The Beavers are tied for sixth in the WCHA in scoring offense (1.79) and sixth in scoring defense (2.57).
- Bemidji State’s power-play unit is fifth in the conference with a .104 percentage (6-57) while its penalty kill is second (.929, 39-42).
- Head coach Jim Scanlan owns a 48-36-5 (.539) 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).