BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team kicks-off a six-game home stand by hosting Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for a non-conference series, Dec. 8-9. The Beavers (6-10-2, 4-7-1-1 WCHA) and Tigers (4-12-2, 1-7-0 CHA) play a two-game, non-conference series with both games scheduled to start at 3:07 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
The Beavers and Tigers meet for just the third and fourth meetings in the two program’s history’s with the first-ever series occurring last season in Rochester, N.Y. Bemidji State swept the series winning 3-1 in game one and 5-1 in game two. Emily Bergland (2g-1a), Haley Mack (1g-2a) and Abby Halluska (1g-2a) each recorded three points in the series for the Beavers while Halluska was honored as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week.
A Look at the Tigers
The Tigers head into the weekend last in the College Hockey America standings with two points (1-7-0) and are winless in their last eight (0-7-1) games. RIT was swept by Penn State University last weekend and were shutout by the Nittany Lions in both contests.
The Tigers are last in the CHA in scoring offense (1.33 g/gm) and scoring defense (3.56 g/gm) and have been outshot by their opponents, 37-22, on average. RIT has also struggled on the power play and are last in NCAA Division I with a .045 percentage (3-of-66). It’s penalty kill has been more successful and is fourth in the league with a .845 percentage (71-of-84) but lead the nation in penalty minutes (204).
RIT is led by junior Kandice Sheriff in scoring and in 18 games, has totaled 10 points (3g-7a). The Tigers’ leading goal scorer is junior Kendall Cornine, pacing the team with five goals and has tallied eight points. Mallary Rushton, Brooke Baker and Brittney Gout all follow with six points each. Sophomore Terra Lanteigne leads the Tigers in net and has posted a 3-7-1 record with a 3.42 goals against average and .919 save percentage. Freshman Jessi O’Leary has seen action in eight games this season and is 1-4-1 with a 3.04 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team split its series with No. 6/5 University of Minnesota in Minneapolis last weekend.
- The Beavers fell in game one of the series in overtime, 3-2, when Grace Zumwinkle scored the game-winning goal with 26.7 seconds remaining.
- BSU bounced back by defeating the Gophers, 4-2, in game two to earn three points in the WCHA standings.
- Sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa led the Beavers with four points (2g-2a) in the series, tallying all four points in game two including the game-winning goal.
- For Kaasa, it was her first career multi-point game and first career multi-goal game and she led the WCHA in scoring over the weekend earning her WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
- Bailey Wright, Emily Bergland, Paige Beebe and Briana Jorde all scored goals for the Beavers in the series.
- For Bemidji State, it was just the ninth win in program history against the Gophers and fifth in Ridder Arena.
- Sophomore Briana Jorde scored her first career goal Friday night by tallying the first goal of the series in the first period. Jorde has tallied two points so far this season, equaling her total during her freshman campaign.
- Kaasa tied for second in the nation in scoring during the weekend trailing just Sacred Heart’s Taylor Moreland who posted five points.
- Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench earned her second career win by stopping 24-of-26 shots by the Gophers. Bench finished with 58 saves in the series, second most in the league.
- Reilly Fawcett, Bailey Wright, Jacqueline Kaasa, Sylvia Marolt and Briana Jorde have all either set new career-highs or tied career highs in points just 18 games into the season.
- Senior Alexis Joyce has played in every game of her career and is tied for the eighth longest consecutive games played streak at BSU at 128 games. Emma Terres is close behind with 125 consecutive games played, to rank 10th.
- Bemidji State currently stands fifth in WCHA standings and is just one point behind University of Minnesota Duluth.
- The Beavers will have the weekend off from WCHA play and begin a six-game home stand by hosting Rochester Institute of Technology for a non-conference series.
- The Beavers and Tigers will meet for just the third and fourth meetings all-time after sweeping the Tigers last season in Rochester.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan is 2-0-0 against the Tigers and is 61-58-9 in his career.
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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).