Beavers and Bulldogs meet in U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic

Beavers and Bulldogs meet in U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic
Friday, November 3, 2017
Beavers and Bulldogs meet in U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will face University of Minnesota Duluth for the third consecutive contest Monday, November 6. The Beavers (2-7-1, 1-5-0) and Bulldogs (3-7-0, 1-5-0) will clash for a non-conference game in Cambridge, Minn., in part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic benefiting Matt Olson and his team. The day will fundraise for Matt Olson and his family who was hurt playing junior hockey at his hometown arena, Isanti County Arena.

The Series
The Beavers and Bulldogs will meet for the 85th time in the all-time series dating back to 1999. The Beavers and Bulldogs last met in a WCHA series Oct. 27-28 where each team earned a win in the series. BSU fell in game one of the series 3-2 but responded with a 2-1 win in game two. Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Bulldogs and in 19 games has totaled 12 points (2g-10a) while junior Emily Bergland has five points (3g-2a) in 12 career games against UMD. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 9-8-2 against Minnesota Duluth and 57-55-8 in his four-year career.

A Look At The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs fall out of the USCHO.com and USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine national polls for the first time this season after its series split with Bemidji State.

The Bulldogs have had a slow start to their season ranking sixth and 3rd in the league in goals per game (1.70) and goals allowed per game (2.40), respectively. Minnesota Duluth has scored just 17 goals this season, tied for fifth in the WCHA and has allowed 24, tied for fourth in the league. Of their 17 goals this season, UMD has scored seven on the power play third in the conference at .212 percent (7-of-33). Their penalty kill however, has struggled as of late allowing five goals on 22 chances for a .773 percentage, sixth in the WCHA.

The Bulldogs’ leading scorer are freshman Naomi Rogge (5g-3a) and sophomore Jalyn Elmes (3g-5a) who each have tallied eight points in ten games. Minnesota Duluth is led by senior Jessica Convery in net and in eight games, has compiled a 3-5-0 record with a 2.02 goals against average and .922 save percentage. Sophomore Catherine Johnson has two games in net and is 0-2-0.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will have the weekend off from action but travel to Cambridge, Minn., Monday, Nov. 6 to take part in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-Off Classic.
  • The game between the Beavers and Bulldogs is scheduled for a 6 p.m. puck drop and is part of an effort to raise money to benefit Matt Olson and his family.
  • Olson, who grew up near Isanti County Arena, suffered a spinal cord injury last year playing junior hockey.
  • Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults with all proceeds going to Olson and his family. There will also be a silent auction held featuring numerous NHL autographed items as well as specially designed t-shirts sold at the event.
  • The Beavers and Bulldogs face-off once again after their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, Oct. 27-28.
  • BSU and UMD split the series with Minnesota Duluth taking game one, 3-2, but Bemidji State responded with a 2-1 win in game two.
  • Bemidji State out-shot the Bulldogs 75-40 in the series but totaled just four goals in the series.
  • Sophomores Abby Halluska and Haley Mack led the Beavers in points after each totaled a goal and assist in the series.
  • Freshman Tina Kampa made her first collegiate goal a memorable one tallying the game-winning goal Saturday for her first career goal.
  • Senior Erin Deters played 98:25 minutes in net after relieving Lauren Bench after the first period, Friday.
  • She went 1-1-0 during the weekend and finished third in the WCHA with a .938 save percentage after stopping 30-of-32 shots.
  • The Bemidji State penalty-kill unit was a perfect 4-for-4 this weekend and now ranks fourth in the WCHA with a .840 percentage on the season.
  • Senior Alexis Joyce tallied one assist in the series with UMD and is now tied for third among all-time BSU defensemen with 61 career points from the blueline.
  • Freshman Clair DeGeorge continues to lead the Beavers in points after tallying an assist against the Bulldogs and now has six points (1g-5a) on the season.
  • Sophomores Haley Mack and Jacqueline Kaasa lead the team in goals with three each.
  • Minnesota Duluth is 67-13-4 all-time against the Beavers.
  • Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Bulldogs and in 19 games has totaled 12 points (2g-10a).
  • Junior Emily Bergland has five points (3g-2a) in 12 career games against UMD.
  • Head coach Jim Scanlan is 9-8-2 against Minnesota Duluth and 57-55-8 in his four-year career.
  • The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic will kick-off at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6 at the Isanti County Arena.
  • Bemidji State will have a short weekend following the classic and will travel to St. Cloud State University to face the Huskies, Nov. 10-11.

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