BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team resumes Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend by traveling to St. Cloud State University for a WCHA series, Friday-Saturday. After facing University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 6, the Beavers (3-7-1, 1-5-0 WCHA) will have a short week to prepare for the Huskies (2-8-0, 1-5-0 WCHA). Puck drop for game one is scheduled for 6:07 p.m., Nov. 10 followed by a 3:07 p.m. start, Nov. 11.
The Beavers and Huskies will clash for the 81st and 82nd meetings in the two program’s history. Bemidji State owns the series record at 37-34-9 but split its last series against the Huskies. BSU and SCSU last met in St. Cloud, Minn., Feb. 10-11, 2017 falling in game one 5-2 but rebounding with a 3-1 win in game two. Senior Alexis Joyce has totaled the most points among active skaters against the Huskies and in 12 games has eight points (1g-7a). Junior Emily Bergland follows with five points in eight games including four goals. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-3-1 against St. Cloud State and 58-55-8 in his four-year career.
A Look At The Huskies
The Huskies prepare to host the Beavers tied for fifth in the WCHA with three points (1-5-0) and looking to rebound after dropping its series at Minnesota Duluth. The Huskies fell in game one, 3-2, after the Bulldogs scored 2:40 into overtime. The Bulldogs then came out in game two to win 4-2. The Huskies were led by senior forward Alyssa Erickson who tallied a goal and assist in the series.
The Huskies have struggled to score so far this season ranking last in the league by averaging 1.20 goals per game. Their defense has had a tough time as well allowing 3.10 goals per game, sixth in the WCHA. St. Cloud State is also struggling on its power play, scoring on just one power play this season (1-21, .048), last in the conference. However, the Huskies penalty kill has been dominant and lead the league by killing 24-of-27 chances (.889).
St. Cloud State is led on offense by freshman forward Laura Kluge who has tallied six points (2g-4a) in 10 games. However, junior forward Julia Tylke is close behind after scoring five goals (5g-0a) in eight games. Abby Thiessen and Kayla Friesen follow with three points each. The Huskies have split time in net between sophomore Janine Alder and freshman Emma Polusny. Each netminder has seen time in five games and each with a 1-4-0 record. Alder has the better numbers posting a 2.57 goals against average and .924 save percentage while Polusny has a 3.25 GAA and .897 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team resumes Western Collegiate Hockey Association action this weekend by traveling to St. Cloud State University to take on the Huskies at the Herb Brooks Hockey Center.
- The Beavers have a short week of practice after facing University of Minnesota Duluth Monday, Nov. 6 in part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic benefiting Matt Olson and his family.
- Bemidji State defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 in the game after a dominating performance by the Beavers’ second line of Emma Terres, Clair DeGeorge and Paige Beebe as well as freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy.
- The second line of Terres, DeGeorge and Beebe scored all three goals in the game and recorded seven of the team’s eight points including three points (1g-2a) from Terres and two points (1g-1a) from DeGeorge and Beebe each.
- The Beavers out-shot the Bulldogs 34-25 in the game and freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy made 23 saves to earn her first career win in her first career start.
- Terres tied for fifth in the league in scoring with three points despite only playing one game over the weekend. She is now tied with DeGeorge for the team lead in points (8) throughout the team’s first 11 games.
- She now has 34 career points (13g-24a), second most among active skaters at Bemidji State.
- Terres and DeGeorge are tied for 20th in league scoring while DeGeorge’s assist tally (6) is tied for ninth. DeGeorge is tied for eight in scoring among freshmen in the WCHA.
- The Beavers are tied for fourth in the league by scoring 2.00 goals per game and fifth in scoring defense by allowing 2.73 goals per game.
- Bemidji State’s power play is ranked fifth in the conference by converting on five-of-34 chances (.147) and fourth in penalty kill at 23-of-27 (.852).
- After the non-conference game with UMD, the Beavers resume WCHA action at St. Cloud State.
- The weekend will feature the series’ 81st and 82nd all-time meeting between the two teams with Bemidji State holding the series record at 37-34-9.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-3-1 against the Huskies during his four-year career at BSU.
- Senior Alexis Joyce has totaled the most points among active skaters against the Huskies and in 12 games has eight points (1g-7a). Junior Emily Bergland follows with five points in eight games including four goals.
- No goaltender on the Bemidji State roster has seen action against the Huskies.
- The series is scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 10 with puck drop at 6:07 p.m. for game one and at 3:07 p.m. for game two, Saturday.
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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).