|January 21, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||00:08||UMD||Lara Stalder (Sidney Morin , Katherine McGovern)|
|1||12:46||BSU||Hutchinson, Madison (Joyce, Alexis , Bergland, Emily)|
|2||11:43||UMD||Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Lara Stalder , Linnea Hedin)|
|3||15:32||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Joyce, Alexis )|
|Shots on Goal||40||30|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth but earned the extra point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 2-0 victory in the shootout.
Sophomore Emily Bergland scored with 4:28 remaining in the third period to tie the game at two and Emma Terres and Carley Esse each scored in the shootout for the Beavers.
Senior Brittni Mowat stopped 38-of-40 shots by the Bulldogs while Bergland (1g-1a) and Alexis Joyce (0g-2a) each had multiple points in the game.
The Bulldogs got a record start to the game by scoring the school’s fastest goal to start a game in program history when Lara Stalder found space between the Beaver defense and netted her fourth goal of the series eight seconds into the game. The Beavers seemed to settle down from then on and with a Bulldog skater in the penalty box, senior Madison Hutchinson tied the game with a one-timed shot that fooled goaltender Maddie Rooney.
The second-ranked Bulldogs would regain the lead however, and 11:43 into the second period, Ashleigh Brykaliuk tabbed in a rebound from Stalder for the 2-1 lead. Minnesota Duluth held the edge on the shot chart heading into the game’s final period with a 29-15 shot advantage but the Beavers kept pace with the Bulldogs and out shot them 12-11 in the third.
The Beavers’ hard work payed off when Bergland tipped in a shot by Joyce to score her team-leading ninth goal of the season. BSU carried that momentum into the overtime period and dominated play in its offensive zone. The Beavers outshot the Bulldogs 3-0 in the extra period but were unable to get one past Rooney.
Bemidji State shot first in the shootout with junior Reilly Fawcett unable to beat Rooney. Mowat answered in her end and stopped a five-hole shot by Stalder. Next up was Terres who beat Rooney with a nice backhand move. Katherine McGovern shot next for the Bulldogs but missed on her shot attempt. Esse sealed the shootout victory in the next attempt with the first shootout goal of her career.
The Beavers earn two points in the WCHA standings and is in seventh place with 18 points.
For Bergland it’s her fourth multi-point game of the season and she continues to pace the Beavers with 16 points (9g-7a).
The Beavers continue the second half of their season next weekend with a home-and-home series with University of North Dakota. Bemidji State will host the Fighting Hawks Friday, Jan. 27 and then travel to Grand Forks, N.D. Sunday, Jan. 29.
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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).