|February 04, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||12:38||BSU||Joyce, Alexis (Halluska, Abby , Thibodeau, Summer)|
|2||15:03||WIS||Clark, Emily (McKibbon, Sydney , Steffen, Mekenzie)|
|2||17:19||WIS||Pankowski, Annie (Nurse, Sarah , Gardner, Mikaela)|
|3||00:43||WIS||Clark, Emily (Nurse, Sarah , Pankowski, Annie)|
|3||03:25||WIS||Steffen, Mekenzie (Pankowski, Annie , Nurse, Sarah)|
|Shots on Goal||43||18|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team scored two goals against No. 1 University of Wisconsin but fell 4-2 after the Badgers scored two-unanswered goals in the third period.
The Beavers (9-16-3, 5-16-3 WCHA) and Badgers (26-2-1, 21-2-1 WCHA) were tied at two after two periods. Bemidji State junior Summer Thibodeau led the Beavers with a goal and assist in the game while junior Alexis Joyce tallied the other goal for BSU. Freshman Abby Halluska tallied one assist for the final point for the Beavers.
Bemidji State opened the scoring in the game 12:38 into the first period after a long cycle for the Beavers resulted in a shot from Joyce in the slot that beat goaltender Ann-Renne Debiens for the 1-0 lead. The goal marked the first time that BSU had a lead in the series. Senior Brittni Mowat was strong in net, turning aside nine shots from the Badgers in the period.
Much of the second period was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams but the Badgers tied the game with just 4:57 left in the period when Emily Clark scored a power-play goal. The Badgers took the lead for the first time in the game just 2:16 later after Annie Pankowski scored her 18th goal of the season. However, the Beavers would respond before the period’s end when Thibodeau stripped a Badger Defender and beat Desbiens with a back-handed shot with under a minute remaining.
The Beavers entered the final period with momentum but the nation’s top-ranked team quickly shifted play in their end and just 43 seconds in, Clark scored her fourth goal of the series for the 3-2 lead. The Badgers continued to apply pressure to the Beavers’ defense and 2:42 later, Mekenzie Steffen pushed Wisconsin’s lead to 4-2. The Beavers had no answer to the Badgers and were outshot 23-3 in the final period.
Wisconsin ended the game outshooting BSU 43-18, while Bemidji State goaltender Mowat finished the game with 39 saves including 21 in the third period. BSU had four power-play chances including a five-on-three power play in the second but came up empty with the advantage. The Badgers tallied one power-play goal and finished 1-for-3 on special teams.
Bemidji State will play its first road series since Jan. 13-14 when they travel to St. Cloud State Univeristy, Feb. 10-11. Fans unable to make it to St. Cloud, Minn., will be able to watch the Beavers take on the Huskies on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports North Plus. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.
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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).