BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team finishes the 2016-17 regular season at home this weekend by hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato, Feb. 17-18. The Beavers (10-17-3, 6-17-3 WCHA) will honor six seniors, Madison Hutchinson, Carley Esse, Lauren Miller, Ciscely Nelson, Brittni Mowat and Mackenzie Bruch, before Saturday’s game in part of senior day.
The Beavers and Mavericks will meet for the 72nd and 73rd meetings all-time Friday and Saturday. The Beavers hold the all-time series record against the Mavericks 36-25-10 including a 17-10-7 mark at home. Bemidji State traveled to Minnesota State earlier this season and split its series with the Mavericks. BSU won game one 2-0 after Brittni Mowat earned her 17th career shutout but saw a 10-game winning streak against MSU come to an end the following night in a 3-2 loss. Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 9-1-0 all-time against the Mavericks while John Harrington is 1-5-0 against BSU in two seasons.
A Look At The Mavericks
Minnesota State travels to Bemidji, Minn., eighth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Standings with 13 points. The Mavericks have posted a 6-23-4 (3-20-3 WCHA) record this season and are 0-9-2 in their last 11 games. MSU last win came against Union College Dec. 17 in a 2-1 victory. Minnesota State earned two points last weekend at Ohio State University after defeating the Buckeyes in a shootout Friday night. Freshman Demi Gardner and junior Anna Keys led the Mavericks with two points over the weekend.
The Mavericks allow the most goals (3.24) and score the fewest goals (1.24) in the WCHA while the Beavers are ranked fifth and sixth in each category, respectively. Minnesota State has converted on 10-of-96 power-play chances this season for a .104 percentage, sixth in the league. Its penalty kill has stopped 82-of-102 chances and ranks seventh in the conference at .804 percent.
Minnesota State is led by Emily Antony who has tallied 14 points (7g-7a) in 31 games this season. She is followed by Lindsey Coleman with 13 points (5g-8a) and Corbin Boyd (2g-10a) with 12. Senior Brianna Quade has spent the most time in net this season and has compiled a 3-17-3 record. She is last in the league in goals against average (3.13) and save percentage (.902). Sophomore Katie Bidulka has also seen action in net and has a 3-6-1 record in 10 games.
Bemidji State Notes
- Bemidji State played its final road series of the season last weekend in St. Cloud, Minn. The Beavers earned a split against St. Cloud State University after falling to the Huskies 5-2, Friday night. BSU bounced back Saturday and defeated SCSU 3-1.
- Senior Lauren Miller and junior Alexis Joyce paced the Beavers with a goal and two assists each during the series.
- Joyce tallied the game-winning goal, Saturday after scoring with just 4:17 remaining in the third period.
- Senior Brittni Mowat went 1-1-0 in net over the weekend and made 51-of-56 saves. She finished with a 2.53 goals against average and .911 save percentage, sixth best in the WCHA for the weekend.
- Despite BSU only garnering three-out-of-six points at fifth-place St. Cloud State, the Beavers still have an opportunity to earn the fifth-seed in the WCHA Standings.
- The Beavers need at least four points against the Mavericks and St. Cloud State University to be swept by No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth. If the Huskies earn three points against the Bulldogs, BSU cannot earn the fifth seed but if SCSU gets two points or less, the Beavers will have to sweep MSU to earn the fifth seed.
- Ohio State will also be vying for fifth and if they earn three points against University of North Dakota, they finish with 28 points and tie BSU if they earn a sweep this weekend. With Bemidji State owning the tie breaker, OSU would need at least four points against the Fighting Hawks and Minnesota Duluth to sweep SCSU to clinch fifth.
- The Beavers are 1-5-2 in their last eight games and are 3-8-1 at home.
- Bemidji State’s last win at home came against St. Cloud State, 6-2, Nov. 18.
- Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 9-1-0 against Minnesota State in his career.
- Bemidji State is 36-25-10 all time against Minnesota State including a 17-10-7 mark at home.
- The Beavers’ leading scorer, sophomore Emily Bergland has been hot as of late and has tallied eight points (6g-2a) in her last eight games.
- Bergland paces the Beavers with 21 points (13g-8a), is 11th in the league in goal scoring (13) and T-17th in points.
- She has also been a factor on the power play and leads the team with eight (4g-4a) power-play points, T-5th in the WCHA. Her four goals while on the power play this season is tied for the second-most in the conference.
- Alexis Joyce has also played great recently and leads the Beavers with a three-game point streak. She has tallied four points (2g-2a) during her streak and paces the Beavers blueline with 18 points (4g-14a) and is tied for fifth in league in defensemen scoring.
- Joyce is currently fourth on BSU’s career points list for defenseman and has tallied 56 points (16g-40a) in her career.
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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).