BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team looks to bounce back after having Thanksgiving weekend off and suffering a 4-0 loss at St. Cloud State University, Nov. 22. The Beavers (5-9-2, 3-6-1-1 WCHA) return to Western Collegiate Hockey Association play by traveling to No. 6 University of Minnesota for a two-game series, Dec. 1-2. Puck drop for game one is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m. for game two.
The Gophers will be hosting a Teddy Bear Toss during Saturday’s game and encourage fans to bring new stuffed animals to the game to be donated to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
The Beavers and Gophers will meet for the 87th and 88th meetings in the two program’s history. Minnesota dominates the series record and are 71-8-7 including a 38-4-4 record at Ridder Arena. Bemidji State and Minnesota met earlier this season on Oct. 13-14 where the Gophers earned a sweep over the Beavers. UM took game one 3-1 followed by a 4-3 overtime win in game two. Freshmen Mak Langei and Clair DeGeorge each posted two points in the series for the Beavers. Seniors Alexis Joyce (0g-4a), Emma Terres (2g-2a) and Summer Thibodeau (3g-1a) lead the Beavers with four career points against the Gophers while head coach Jim Scanlan is 4-13-1 in four years against Minnesota.
A Look At The Gophers
The Gophers (13-4-1, 8-3-1-0 WCHA) enter the weekend second in the WCHA standings with 25 points and currently on an eight-game winning streak after sweeping Lindenwood University last weekend. The Gophers won 3-1 in game one before securing the sweep with a 4-3 overtime win in game two. Junior Sophie Skarzynksi paced the Gophers with six assists in the series, assisting on six of the team’s seven goals. Freshman Olivia Knowles led Minnesota with three goals while Alex Woken posted two goals and two assists.
Minnesota ranks second in the league in goals per game (3.44) and goals allowed per game (2.06) also good for ninth and eighth, respectively, in the nation. Minnesota leads the WCHA and ranks fourth in the NCAA on the power play, converting on .250 percent of attempts at 15-for-60. The Gophers also lead the league and rank seventh in the nation at .885 percent (46-for-52) on the penalty kill. Grace Zumwinkle is tied for second in the NCAA with five power-play goals this season.
Sophie Skarzynksi (5g-13a) and Sydney Baldwin (4g-14a) each pace the Gophers with 18 points this season and are tied for third in the league. Freshman Grace Zumwinkle follows with 17 points (7g-10a) while senior Caitlin Reilly has added 15 points (6g-9a). Minnesota has split time in net between senior Sydney Peters and freshman Alex Gulstene. Peters leads the team with a 7-3-0 record, 1.91 goals against average and .920 save percentage while Gulstene has posted a 6-1-1 record, 2.18 goals against average and .908 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will look to bounce back this weekend after having Thanksgiving weekend off and last played Nov. 22 in a 4-0 loss at St. Cloud State University.
- The Beavers were shutout for just the third time this season after failing to beat freshman goaltender Emma Polusny who earned her first career shutout.
- The loss is the second consecutive loss for the Beavers and caps off the month of November in which BSU went 3-2-1, an improvement from a 1-5-0 October.
- Bemidji State was led by senior Emma Terres during the month who tallied three goals and three assists.
- Freshman Clair DeGeorge (2g-3a) and senior Reilly Fawcett (0g-5a) followed with five points each.
- Senior goaltender Erin Deters led the Beavers with a 2-2-1 record during the month and posted a 2.53 goals against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts.
- Terres and DeGeorge continue to lead the Beavers in points with 11 each while sophomore Haley Mack follows with nine (4g-5a) and Mak Langei and Reilly Fawcett each have seven.
- For Fawcett, her seven points this season (0g-7a) matches a career high just 16 games into her senior season. Fawcett totaled seven points (3g-4a) in 35 games during the 2015 season.
- The Beavers’ offense ranks fourth in the league by scoring 2.19 goals per game including eight while on the power play ranking fifth in the WCHA at .167 percent (8-of-48).
- BSU’s defense ranks fifth in the conference by allowing 2.62 goals per game and sixth on the penalty kill at .837 percent (36-of-43).
- Bemidji State is 5-0-0 when leading after two periods but are 0-9-2 when trailing or even after two.
- The Beavers will play six games during December beginning with No. 6 University of Minnesota at Ridder Arena.
- Bemidji State is 8-71-7 all-time against the Gophers including a 4-38-4 road record.
- Both Erin Deters and Lauren Bench have posted 0-1-0 career records in net against the Gophers.
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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).