BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hosts the top-ranked team in women’s hockey this weekend in No. 1 University of Wisconsin for a Friday-Saturday Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (12-12-2, 7-8-1-1 WCHA) will look to hand the Badgers (23-1-0, 14-0-0-0 WCHA) their first pair of league losses and move up in league standings.
The Beavers and Badgers will meet for the 76th and 77th time in the all-time series dating back to 1999. Wisconsin dominates the all-time series record at 67-5-3 including a series sweep in Madison, Wis., earlier this season. The Badgers won each game in the series by identical scores of 5-1 while sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa and freshman Lydia Passolt each scored for BSU. Senior Alexis Joyce leads the team with four points (1g-4a) in 15 games against the Badgers. Fourth-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 1-14-0 all-time against the Badgers while Mark Johnson is 56-4-2 in 15 seasons against the Beavers including a current 12-game winning streak.
A Look At The Badgers
The Badgers head to Bemidji, Minn., as the top-ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine national polls and boast the nations’ best record at 23-1-0. The Badgers have won seven-consecutive games including a series sweep of Minnesota State University, Mankato at home in their last action. Senior Baylee Wellhausen (2g-2a) and sophomore Abby Roque (0g-4a) each led the team with four points in the series.
Wisconsin leads the WCHA with 42 points and a perfect 14-0-0-0 record in conference play. The Badgers boast the highest scoring offense (3.58 g/gm) and defense (0.92 g/gm) in the WCHA and have out-scored opponents 86-22 this season. Wisconsin has converted on 15-of-84 chances (.179) to rank fifth in the league in power play percentage while holding its opponents to 67-of-76 chances for a .882 penalty kill percentage (67-76), third in the league.
Wisconsin is led by sophomore Abby Roque who leads the team and ranks second in the WCAH with 29 points (8g-21a) while sophomore Presley Norby (7g-15) follows with 22 points to rank sixth. The Badgers have 12 players who have scored in double-digits this season including eight with 15 or more points. Sophomore Kristen Campbell has started every game in net this season for the Badgers and is the conference leader in wins (14), goals against average (0.92) and save percentage (.952).
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State Women’s hockey team returns home after splitting its weekend at Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 12-13.
- The Beavers took game one of the series, 5-3, but fell in a one-goal game, 3-2, the following night.
- The Beavers had five different goal scores in their 5-3 win Friday night and were led by sophomore Haley Mack who posted a goal and two assists in the series.
- Sophomore Abby Halluska led the Beavers with two goals in the series.
- The Beavers gained three points in league standings in the series and remained fourth in the WCHA standings with 23 points.
- Bemidji State is now 7-2-0 in their last nine games and have outscored opponents 31-16 in that span.
- Mack leads the team with 20 points (9g-11a) this season and has posted 11 points (5g-6a) during December and January to lead the league.
- Junior Emily Bergland (5g-4a) and sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa (4g-5a) have each posted nine points during Dec-Jan.
- Bemidji State is fourth in the WCHA in offense (2.62 g/gm) and defense (2.35 g/gm).
- BSU is 7-5-2 at home this season and 1-8-1 against ranked opponents.
- Bemidji State has 10 skaters who have reached double-digits in points this season.
- Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench is 6-1-0 in her last seven starts and leads the team with seven wins this season.
- Senior Alexis Joyce has played in 136 consecutive games, fourth longest in program history.
- Alexis Joyce and Mak Langei are each tied for fifth in the league in defensemen scoring with 15 points.
- Joyce recorded her 51st and 52nd assists to rank ninth in program history in assists. She is third in in program history with 72 points as a defenseman trailing second by just five points.
- Mack needs one short-handed goal to set a single season program record with four. She leads the league with three this season.
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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).