|December 02, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||03:15||BSU||Kaasa, Jacqueline (Bergland, Emily , Wright, Bailey)|
|1||03:38||MINN||Woken, Alex (Skarzynski, Sophie )|
|2||02:17||MINN||Zumwinkle, Grace (Piazza, Cara , Brown, Emily)|
|2||13:17||BSU||Wright, Bailey (Kaasa, Jacqueline , Langei, Mak)|
|3||05:14||BSU||Kaasa, Jacqueline (Halluska, Abby )|
|3||06:00||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Kaasa, Jacqueline )|
|Shots on Goal||28||26|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa scored twice including the game-winning goal to help the Beavers (6-10-2, 4-7-1-1 WCHA) upset No. 6/5 Minnesota, 4-2, Saturday afternoon.
Kaasa recorded two goals for the first time in her career and added an assist while junior Emily Bergland tallied her fist multi-point game of the season with a goal and two assists to lead the Beavers. Senior Bailey Wright scored the final Bemidji State goal and added an assist for her first multi-point game of the season as well.
The win snaps a four-game losing streak against the Gophers and nine-game winning streak for Minnesota in the two team’s final regular season meeting.
It wouldn’t take long for the Beavers to score their first goal of the game when Kaasa tallied her fourth of the season just 3:15 into the game. BSU’s lead was short lived however, and just 23 seconds later, Minnesota’s Alex Woken tied the game at one.
Minnesota took its first lead of the game when Grace Zumwinkle scored her second goal of the series 2:17 into the second period. The Beavers answered back however and at 13:17, senior Bailey Wright scored her second goal of the season after corralling a rebound loose in the crease.
For the second consecutive game, the Beavers would head into the third period in a 2-2 tie with No. 6/5 Minnesota. It would the Beavers who would end up on top this time when Kaasa scored her second goal of the game 5:14 into the final frame. BSU extended its lead to two just 46 seconds later when Bergland found the back of the net on a breakaway. Minnesota increased its offensive pressure during the second half of the period and with 2:40 left, pulled goaltender Sidney Peters for the extra attacker. The Gophers would eventually get a 6-4 advantage after a Beaver penalty but Lauren Bench and the BSU defense remained strong and came out on top 4-2 after the final buzzer.
Bench earned her second win of the season and improved her record to 2-4-0 after stopping 24-of-26 shots by the Gophers.
Bemidji State will return home next weekend to host Rochester Institute of Technology for a non-conference series at the Sanford Center.
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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).