BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team travels to rival University of Minnesota Duluth with playoff implications on the line to resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Beavers (11-11-2, 6-7-1-1 WCHA) currently sit fourth in league standings and just three points in front of the fifth place Bulldogs (9-11-1, 5-8-1-1 WCHA). The Friday-Saturday series will take place at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., with Saturday’s game available to watch on Fox Sports North.
The Beavers and Bulldogs meet for the 86th and 87th meetings in the two program’s histories dating back to 1998. Minnesota Duluth dominates the all-time series record at 67-14-4 but the Beavers have won two-out-of-three meetings in 2017-18. BSU and UMD last met Nov. 6 at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game with the Beavers earning a 3-2 victory in Isanti, Minn. Senior Alexis Joyce leads the team with 12 points (2g-10a) in 20 games against UMD while Emma Terres adds seven points (3g-4a) in 20 games. Four-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 10-8-2 against the Bulldogs 66-59-9 all-time.
A Look At The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs get ready to host the Beavers currently fifth in the WCHA standings and just three points back from BSU. Minnesota Duluth’s most recent action came in two exhibitions against the Korean National Team and the Minnesota Whitecaps, Jan. 5-6, with the Bulldogs earning two wins. UMD last played a game on record Dec. 8-9 going 0-1-1 against University of Minnesota.
The Bulldogs have the fifth-ranked offense in the league averaging 2.00 goals per game but are sixth in defense, allowing 2.48 goals per game. UMD converts on .164 percent of its power plays (10-of-61), fifth in the WCHA, while holding a .836 percentage on the penalty kill (41-of-29) to rank sixth.
Minnesota Duluth is led by a pair of freshmen in Naomi Rogge and Ashton Bell. Rogge leads the team with 16 points (10g-6a) while Bell follows with 15 points (9g-6a). Sophomore Jalyn Elmes follows with 13 points (4g-9a) while senior Katerina Mrazova adds 11 points (3g-8a). Senior Jessica Convery has started 19 of the teams 21 games and is 9-9-1. She has compiled a 2.32 goals against average and .913 save percentage, ranking seventh in the league in both categories.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team began the new year with the first games of 2018, a non-conference series with Mercyhurst University, Jan. 2-3.
- The Beavers and Lakers split the series with BSU taking game one in overtime, 2-1, but fell in game two by an identical score.
- Junior Emily Bergland scored both goals in BSU’s overtime victory including the game-tying and game-winning goals. She was awarded the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
- The Beavers saw its program record six-game win streak come to an end in the series and caps off a 10-4-1 stretch since Oct. 28 and after starting the season 1-7-1.
- Bemidji State earned 20 points in WCHA standings during that period, jumping up to fourth in the standings and three points ahead this weekend’s opponent, Minnesota Duluth.
- Sophomore Haley Mack leads the team in points with 17 (8g-9a) and is tied for 12th in the league in scoring. She has a league-leading three short-handed goals in 2017-18, one goal shy of setting a new program record.
- The Beaves have 19-of-21 skaters recording a point this season including eight in double-digits.
- Seven of the Beavers’ top 10 point scorers are underclassmen. (Mack, DeGeorge, Langei, Kaasa, Halluska, Beebe and Radke)
- Haley Mack (T-10th, 8g), Emma Terres (T-10th, 8g) and Emily Bergland (T-17th, 7g) are all among the league’s top 20 goal scorers.
- Freshman Clair DeGeorge paces the team with 12 assists and is tied for 10th in the league.
- Abby Halluska (3g-3a) and Emily Bergland (2g-4a) lead the Beavers with six power-play points and are tied for the third most in the WCHA.
- Freshman Lauren Bench leads the Beavers with six wins this season (6-4-0) and has won five consecutive games posting a 1.39 goals against average and .934 save percentage during that span.
- Bemidji State ranks third in the WCHA in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 2.29 goals per game while its offense is fourth averaging 2.54 goals per game.
- The Beavers own the second-ranked power play in the league at .211 percent (15-of-71) also ranking 10th in Division I.
- Their penalty kill boasts a .859 percentage (55-of-64) to rank fourth in the league and has killed 15 consecutive power plays, a streak since Dec. 9 that spans five games. BSU is 10-4-2 when not allowing a power-play goal.
- Bemidji State is 3-6-0 on the road this season but 3-3-0 in conference road games.
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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).