Beavers travel to Minnesota State for WCHA Series

Beavers travel to Minnesota State for WCHA Series
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Beavers travel to Minnesota State for WCHA Series

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team continues its month-long road trip by traveling to face Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers (5-10-1, 3-10-1 WCHA) will see the Mavericks (3-11-2, 1-10-1 WCHA) for the first team this season, the final remaining Western Collegiate Hockey Association member the Beavers have yet to face.

The Series

The Beavers will travel to Mankato, Minn., this weekend to face the Mavericks for the first time this season. The Beavers are 35-24-10 all-time against Minnesota State and are currently on a nine-game winning streak against the Mavericks.

Bemidji State swept MSU in all four games last season including a pair of 3-1 and 2-1 victories in Mankato. Lauren Miller led current Beavers with a goal and an assist in the road series while Summer Thibodeau added a goal and Ciscely Nelson tallied an assist.

Lauren Miller is the active leading scorer against Minnesota State and has tallied nine points (4g-5a) in 12 career games. Junior Alexis Joyce follows with seven points (2g-5a) in eight career games. Head coach Jim Scanlan is undefeated against the Mavericks and holds an 8-0-0 record while Maverick’s head coach John Harrington is 0-4-0 after one season.

A look at the Mavericks

Minnesota State begins the weekend last in the WCHA Standings with four points and a 1-10-1 conference record after earning their first conference win since Feb. 2, 2015 after defeating Ohio State University, 2-1 on Nov. 19. The Mavericks host Lindenwood University (Mo.) for a non-conference series last weekend and went 0-1-1 against the Lions. The Lions defeated MSU 5-1 in game one but the Mavericks rebounded with a 1-1 tie in game two. Junior Lindsey Coleman led Minnesota State with a goal and assist in the series while Junior Anna Keys had the other goal for MSU.

The Mavericks are last in the WCHA in scoring offense and scoring defense. They average 1.06 goals per game and give up 3.31 goals per game. The Mavericks have the lowest scoring average of all 35 teams in the NCAA Division I. Minnesota State’s power play unit converts on .065 (3-46) chances, seventh in the WCHA while its penalty killing unit is successful at a .796 rate (39-49), also seventh in the league.

Sophomore Emily Antony leads the Mavericks with seven points (3g-4a) this season and Coleman follows with six points (3g-3a). The Mavericks split time in net with senior Brianna Quade and sophomore Katie Bidulka. Quade has seen the most time in the goal crease and in 10 games played, has a 1-6-2 record and a 2.95 goals against average and .898 save percentage. Bidulka has started seven games and is 2-5-0 with a 3.58 goals against average and .853 save percentage.

Beavers swept by Gophers

Bemidji State spent last weekend at No. 2 University of Minnesota where the Gophers swept the Beavers in the series. The Beavers were outscored 8-1 in the series with the second-ranked Gophers despite a career performance by senior goaltender Brittni Mowat.

Mowat stopped 92-of-100 shots by the Gophers, the most saves by any goaltender in the NCAA over the weekend. She compiled a .920 save percentage and 4.00 goals against average.

The Beavers were shutout in game one of the series, 4-0, by junior Sydney Peters who stopped all 18 shots by BSU. Mowat made 47 saves during the game, the most in her career since, Oct. 31, 2014 (also against Minnesota) and second-highest total in her career. She followed the 47 save performance by stopping 45-of-49 shots in game two where the Beavers fell 4-1 in the game. Senior Madison Hutchinson scored the lone goal for Bemidji State to pull the Beavers within one with one period to play but two goals gave Minnesota the 4-1 victory. Freshman Jacqueline Kaasa tallied the lone assist on Hutchinson’s goal.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Beavers are currently on a nine-game winning streak against the Mavericks and head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-0-0 all-time against MSU.
  • Brittni Mowat stopped an NCAA best 92 shots last weekend and had 43 more saves than the nearest goaltender in the WCHA.
  • With her goal on Saturday, Madison Hutchinson is second on the team with four goals this season. She is second in the WCHA among defensemen with nine points (4g-5a).
  • Sophomore Emily Bergland continues to lead the Beavers in scoring with 10 points (5g-5a) despite only scoring one point in the last eight games. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native is tied for 18th in the WCHA in scoring.
  • Hutchinson is tied for 22nd in the league in points and Emma Terres is tied for 33rd with seven points (3g-4a).
  • Terres has tallied four points (2g-2a) while on the power play and is tied for ninth in the WCHA in power-play points.
  • The Beavers are seventh in the WCHA in scoring offense (1.62) and sixth in scoring defense (2.75).
  • Bemidji State’s power-play unit is fifth in the conference with a .094 percentage (6-64) while its penalty kill is fifth (.872, 41-47).
  • Head coach Jim Scanlan owns a 48-38-5 (.528) 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).

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