Beavers and Huskies battle for key WCHA points

Beavers and Huskies battle for key WCHA points
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Beavers and Huskies battle for key WCHA points

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will play its final road-series of the 2016-17 regular season this weekend by traveling to St. Cloud State University. The Beavers (9-16-3, 5-16-3-1 WCHA) face the Huskies (8-18-4, 6-15-3-2 WCHA) Feb. 10-11 for crucial points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The series between the Beavers and Huskies will be broadcast on Fox Sports North, Friday and Fox Sports North Plus, Saturday and will be the first time that BSU has been featured on regional television this season. Puck drop between the two teams is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. both days.

The Series

The Beavers and Huskies will meet for the 84th and 85th meetings all-time Friday and Saturday. The Beavers own the all-time series record at 36-32-9 but are 16-18-5 in St. Cloud, Minn. Bemidji State and St. Cloud State met earlier this season on Nov. 18-19 where the Beavers and Huskies split their series in Bemidji. The Beavers dominated in game one of the series and won 6-2 but were shutout in game two, 3-0, despite outshooting the Huskies 31-14. Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 7-2-1 all-time against the Badgers while SCSU head coach Eric Rud is 2-7-2 in three seasons.

A Look At The Huskies

The Huskies host their final home games of the regular season as they welcome the Beavers into town this weekend. St. Cloud State is 8-18-4 this season and enters the weekend fifth in the WCHA standings with 23 points. SCSU traveled to Ohio State University last weekend where they took four-of-six points from the Buckeyes. Five different Huskies scored a goal in the series while senior Christa Moody and freshman Kayla Friesen each led the team with two points.

St. Cloud State is seventh in the conference in scoring offense (1.70 g/gm) and scoring defense (3.03 g/gm). The Huskies power-play is last in the WCHA and only convert on .064 percent (5-of-78) of chances. Their penalty kill is slightly better at sixth at .817 percent (67-of-82)

The Huskies are led by sophomore Julie Tylke who has tallied 18 points (10g-8a) this season. She is followed by Friesen with 14 points (6g-8a).  Five Huskies have tallied at least 10 points this season including Hannah Potrykus (6g-7a), Alyssa Erickson (8g-4a) and Payge Pena (4g-6a). Freshman goaltender Janine Alder has seen the most action in net for the Huskies and has compiled an 8-13-4 record in 25 games. She has compiled a 2.34 goals against average and a .929 save percentage and has three shutouts this season, including one against the Beavers on Nov. 19.

Bemidji State Notes

  • Brittni Mowat made a league-high 85 saves over the weekend after seeing a league-best 95 shots but tallied a 5.03 GAA and .895 save percentage after allowing ten goals.
  • Summer Thibodeau factored in on all three goals for the Beavers over the weekend (1g-2a), leading the Beavers in points. She is now eighth on the team in scoring with eight points (3g-5a).
  • Sophomore Emily Bergland extend her goal-scoring streak after tallying a goal against the Badgers, Friday.
  • Bergland scored in five-consecutive games and tied for the second-longest streak in program history.
  • Bergland had her goal scoring streak snapped on Saturday night. Her streak ended at five games, tied for the longest streak in the WCHA during the 2016-17 season.
  • The Thief River Falls, Minn., native leads the team with 12 goals this season and is 10th in the conference. UMD’s Lara Stalder leads the league with 19 goals.
  • Joyce leads the Beaver blueliners in points and is second on the team with 15 points (3g-12a). She is seventh in the WCHA in defensemen scoring.
  • With her goal on Saturday, the Lakeville, Minn., native now has 15 career goals and moved up to third on BSU’s career goals list as a defenseman. She surpassed Marlee Wheelhouse who had 14 from 2008-12.
  • Mowat has 17 career shutouts, needing just one more to tie BSU great Zuzana Tomcikova.
  • The Glenboro, Manitoba native currently owns BSU career records in wins (59), games played (127), goals against average (2.04) and save percentage (.931).
  • Senior Lauren Miller leads the Beavers with 115 consecutive games played. The Brockville, Ontario native has appeared in all but four games in her career and last missed a game on Jan. 18 of her freshman season. Madison Hutchinson follows at 105 consecutive games and last missed a game on Feb. 22, 2014.
  • The Beavers’ power play remained fourth in the league despite going 0-for-6 against Wisconsin. The Beavers have a .136 percentage and are 14-of-103.
  • The Beavers’ penalty kill dropped from fourth to fifth last weekend after the Badgers and their second-best power play went 2-for-5 over the weekend. BSU now holds a .873 percentage and have killed 69-of-79 chances this season.

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