|February 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||0||1|
|2||09:17||BSU||Nelson, Ciscely (Miller, Lauren , Jorde, Briana)|
|2||15:16||SCSU||Kayla Friesen (Payge Pena , Janna Haeg)|
|3||15:43||BSU||Joyce, Alexis (Bergland, Emily )|
|3||18:53||BSU||Miller, Lauren (Joyce, Alexis )|
|Shots on Goal||37||31|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey junior Alexis Joyce scored the game-winning goal with under five minutes left to play to help the Beavers earn a series split against St. Cloud State University, Saturday. The Beavers (10-17-3, 6-17-3-1 WCHA) defeated the Huskies (9-19-4, 7-16-3-2 WCHA) 3-1 to garner three points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
Senior Lauren Miller and Joyce each had a goal and assist each while senior Ciscely Nelson scored the game’s first goal. Sophomore Emily Bergland and freshman Briana Jorde each added assists to round out the Beaver scoring.
Senior Brittni Mowat was excellent in net and made 30-of-31 saves for the Beavers.
The first period would be a back-and-forth battle between the two teams with very little stoppages in play. Neither team could find the back of the net during the period and each team tallied eight shots on goal.
The Beavers held play in their offensive zone for most of the second period and their hard work payed off when Ciscely Nelson took a drop pass from Lauren Miller and snipped the short side of Janine Alder for the game’s first goal at the 9:17 mark. The Beavers’ lead wouldn’t last long however, and at 15:16, Kayla Friesen tied the game after batting in a loose puck in front of the crease. The score would go unchanged at the end of the period with the Beavers taking the advantage in shots at 24-19.
The third period continued to be a tight defensive contest between the two teams with Alder and Mowat keeping each team off the scoreboard. The Beavers would be the first to get a break however, and with 4:17 remaining Joyce attempted a pass on the rush that deflected off a defender’s skate and in the back of the net for the 2-1 lead. St. Cloud State would pull Alder looking for the game-tying goal, but a turnover at the blueline allowed Miller with space and she capitalized with the empty-net goal to seal the 3-1 victory for BSU.
For the Beavers, it’s their first win since Jan. 14 and now sit seventh in the WCHA standings, three points behind Ohio State University and four points behind the Huskies.
Bemidji State welcomes Minnesota State University, Mankato to Bemidji next weekend for the Beavers’ final home series of the season. The Beavers will honor their six seniors Feb. 18 for their final home game. Puck drop is at 7:07 p.m., Feb. 17 and 3:07 p.m., Feb. 18.
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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).