|January 13, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||02:01||BSU||Halluska, Abby (Mack, Haley , Radke, Kiki)|
|1||04:15||UMD||Ashton Bell (Catherine Daoust , Sydney Brodt)|
|1||08:01||UMD||Ryleigh Houston (Naomi Rogge , Michelle Lowenhielm)|
|2||11:28||UMD||Ashton Bell (Jalyn Elmes , Catherine Daoust)|
|Shots on Goal||35||36|
DULUTH, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team battled with University of Minnesota Duluth but came up just short falling to the Bulldogs, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Bulldogs earn the series split with the Beavers (12-12-2, 7-8-1-1 WCHA) and earn three points in the WCHA standings.
Sophomores Abby Halluska and Haley Mack each scored goals for BSU while Mack added an assist for a two-point effort.
Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench (7-5-0) stopped 33-of-36 shots by the Bulldogs but ends her six-game win streak in the loss.
The Beavers would be the first team to reach the scoreboard and just 2:01 into the game, sophomore Abby Halluska scored her second goal of the series and fifth of the season for the early lead. However, the Bulldogs would answer just 2:14 later when Ashton Bell scored a power-play goal. Minnesota Duluth would take the lead at 8:01 of the period with another power-play goal this time from the stick of Ryleigh Houston.
The Beavers would tie the game at 5:51 of the second when Haley Mack circled the net and batted in a rebound past Jessica Convery for her team-leading ninth goal of the season, but another power-play goal for the Bulldogs again from Bell gave the Bulldogs the lead back at 3-2 after the end of the second.
Bemidji State had their chances in the third period to tie the game and outshot the Bulldogs 15-11 in the final frame. However, Convery and the Bulldogs’ defense remained strong and kept the Beavers off the scoreboard to earn the series split.
Minnesota Duluth out-shot the Beavers 36-35 in the game but the difference was special teams for the second consecutive night with UMD going 3-for-4 on the power play while BSU came up empty at 0-for-3.
The Beavers drop to 12-12-2 (7-8-1-1 WCHA) but remain three points in front of the Bulldogs for fourth in the WCHA standings.
Bemidji State returns home to Sanford Center to host top-ranked University of Wisconsin, Jan. 19-20.
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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).