|February 18, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||00:15||MSU||Anna Keys (Hannah Davidson )|
|2||04:11||MSU||Amanda Martin (Corbin Boyd , Megan Hinze)|
|2||17:37||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Joyce, Alexis , Terres, Emma)|
|3||04:14||MSU||Amanda Conway (Steph Keryluk )|
|Shots on Goal||24||42|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell to Minnesota State University, Mankato, 3-1, Saturday afternoon to split the weekend series. Sophomore Emily Bergland tallied the lone goal for the Beavers (11-18-3, 7-18-3 WCHA) to bring her season total to 16.
The Beavers earn the seventh seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs and will travel to second seed University of Minnesota for a best-of-three series, Feb. 24-26.
Six seniors played their final games at Sanford Center Saturday. Madison Hutchinson, Carley Esse, Lauren Miller, Ciscely Nelson, Brittni Mowat and Mackenzie Bruch were honored after the game in part of Senior Day.
Bemidji State outshot the Mavericks 42-24 in the game but freshman goaltender Chloe Crosby turned aside all but one shot by the Beavers to earn her first collegiate win.
After a scoreless first period, Minnesota State opened the scoring just 15 seconds into the second period when Anna Keys fired a shot from the point that made it through traffic and into the back of the net. The Mavericks would go up 2-0 when Amanda Martin scored her first goal of the season while the Mavericks were on the power play at 4:11. However, the Beavers would add a tally of their own before the period’s end and with a Maverick and Beaver in the penalty box, Bergland scored her team leading 16th goal of the season from a shot from the high slot with under three minutes remaining.
Bemidji State would look to tie the game in the third period but a goal by MSU’s Amanda Conway just 4:14 into the final period deflated the Beavers attempt at a comeback victory.
The Beavers had five chances on the power play but came up short on all five attempts while the Mavericks scored the game-winning goal from one of their six power play chances.
Senior goaltender Brittni Mowat made 21-of-24 saves but earned the loss and finishes the regular season with a 10-17-3 record.
The Beavers begin the 2017 WCHA Playoffs next weekend after earning the seventh seed. Bemidji State will travel to second-seed Minnesota and play the Gophers in a best-of-three series at Ridder Arena.
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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).