|February 26, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||10:35||MINN||Kelly Pannek (Sarah Potomak , Megan Wolfe)|
|1||13:26||MINN||Caitlin Reilly (Kate Schipper , Lee Stecklein)|
|1||19:50||BSU||Miller, Lauren (Hutchinson, Madison )|
|2||15:14||MINN||Kelly Pannek (Cara Piazza , Sarah Potomak)|
|Shots on Goal||20||36|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell to No. 4 University of Minnesota, 3-2, in game three of its series in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs, Sunday. The Beavers (12-20-3, 7-18-3 WCHA) 2016-17 season comes to an end with the loss while the Gophers (25-6-5, 19-4-5-3 WCHA) advance to the Final Face-off for the 18th consecutive season.
The Beavers came within one goal of the Gophers twice in the game but failed to score the crucial game-tying goal. Lauren Miller and Abby Halluska tallied each goal for BSU while Mowat made her third-consecutive 30 save performance by stopping 33-of-36 shots.
Minnesota started the scoring in the game when Kelly Pannek scored her first of the series at 10:35 of the first period. The Gophers then extended their lead to 2-0 when Caitlin Reilly scored just 2:49 later. However, Bemidji State would add a goal of its own before period’s end when Miller fired a shot below the left circle that snuck its way through Sidney Peters and in the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season with just 10 seconds remaining. Minnesota held the shot advantage on the scoreboard and after the opening period, led in shots 15-9.
Most of the second period was a tight battle between the two teams with neither team able to find the back of the net. However, Minnesota extended its lead to 3-1 when Pannek scored her second of the game with 4:46 left in the period. The Beavers had one power-play chance in the period but failed to capitalize with the extra attacker. The Gophers also had a power-play chance at the 18:22 mark but failed to score before the period ended. Minnesota remained ahead on the shot chart with a 29-13 advantage after two periods of play.
Bemidji State would get a quick start to the third period when Halluska deked past a Gopher defenseman and converted on the 2 on 0 chance to scorer her fifth goal of the season at the 4:25 mark to once again put the Beavers within a goal of the fourth-ranked Gophers. The Beavers had several chances during the middle of the period but Peters was strong and kept UM ahead. BSU would pull Mowat with 1:36 remaining in favor of the extra skater. The Beavers dominated play in the closing minutes but six blocks by the Gophers’ defense kept BSU off of the scoreboard, ending their season.
Bemidji State failed to score on its lone power play of the game while its penalty-kill successfully killed Minnesota’s two power-play chances.
Six seniors end their career with the Beaver women’s hockey program including goaltender Mowat. Mowat ends her career as the most successful goaltender in Bemidji State history, setting program records in wins (62), games played (134), saves (3,620), goals against average (2.05) and save percentage (.931). Miller, Ciscely Nelson, Madison Hutchinson, Carley Esse and Mackenzie Bruch also end their BSU careers.
For Minnesota, they advance to play in the WCHA Final Face-Off and will see University of North Dakota, March 3.
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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).