|January 12, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||12:23||UMD||Ryleigh Houston (Ashton Bell , Michelle Lowenhielm)|
|2||17:29||UMD||Jessica Healey (Ryleigh Houston , Michelle Lowenhielm)|
|2||19:26||BSU||Halluska, Abby (Jorde, Briana , Mack, Haley)|
|3||05:46||BSU||Kaasa, Jacqueline (Joyce, Alexis )|
|3||09:10||BSU||Wright, Bailey (Langei, Mak , Kaasa, Jacqueline)|
|3||11:19||BSU||DeGeorge, Clair (Terres, Emma , Beebe, Paige)|
|3||13:17||UMD||Jessica Healey (Ryleigh Houston , Katerina Mrazova)|
|3||19:45||BSU||Fawcett, Reilly (Joyce, Alexis , Bergland, Emily)|
|Shots on Goal||37||35|
DULUTH, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team came back from a two-goal deficit late in the second to defeat University of Minnesota Duluth, 5-3, and earn three points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings Friday night. Five different Beavers scored for Bemidji State (12-11-2, 7-7-1 WCHA) including three in the game’s final period to complete the comeback.
Abby Halluska, Jacqueline Kaasa, Bailey Wright, Clair DeGeorge and Reilly Fawcett all scored goals for the Beavers including the game-winner from DeGeorge in the third period. Kaasa added an assist for two points on the night while senior Alexis Joyce added two assists. In total, 11 Beavers recorded a point in the win.
Freshman Lauren Bench stopped 32-of-35 shots for BSU improving her win total to 8-4-0 this season and has won six consecutive starts.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth were held off the scoreboard in the first period but it would be the Bulldogs who tally the game’s first goal when Ryleigh Houston scored her first goal of the season at 12:23. UMD would gain a power play late in the period and Jessica Healy would take advantage for her ninth goal of the season, ending a streak of 15 consecutive penalty kills by the Beavers. However, the Beavers wouldn’t quit and Abby Halluska received a pass from Briana Jorde to score her fifth goal of the season and pull BSU within one with just 34 seconds remaining.
Bemidji State carried that momentum into the final period and just 5:46 in, Kaasa scored the game-tying goal. The Beavers would add to their tally moments later when Wright scored her third goal of the season at 9:10 followed by the game-winning goal from DeGeorge just 2:09 later and her fourth goal of the season. Minnesota Duluth answered back however, and just three seconds into a Bulldog power play, Healy scored her second of the game at 13:17. The Beavers would add an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining when Proctor, Minn., native, Reilly Fawcett fired at the open net for her first goal of her senior season to seal the 5-3 victory.
Bemidji State outshot the Bulldogs, 37-35 in the game but in unusual fashion, the Beavers lost the special teams battle after going 0-for-2 on the power play and allowed two goals while on the penalty kill.
The Beavers will go for the series sweep tomorrow when the two teams face-off at 4:07 p.m. The series finale will be televised on Fox Sports North but there will also be a free radio broadcast available at BeaverRadioNetwork.com.
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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).