Beavers hit the road for series at Minnesota State

Beavers hit the road for series at Minnesota State
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Beavers hit the road for series at Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – With just six games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hits the road and travels to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, Feb. 2-3. The Beavers (12-13-3, 7-9-2-1 WCHA) and Mavericks (3-22-1, 1-17-0-0 WCHA) clash for the Friday-Saturday series at Verizon Center in Mankato, Minn.

The Series
The Beavers and Mavericks will meet for the 76th and 77th meetings in the two programs history’s dating back to 1999.  Bemidji State holds the series record at 39-26-10 including 19-15-3 in Mankato. The Beavers and Mavericks met earlier this season on Dec. 15-16 in Bemidji where the Beavers were able to earn the series sweep by scores of 4-2 and 5-0. Senior Alexis Joyce leads all active skaters with 13 points (2g-11a) in 14 career games against the Mavericks while Emma Terres follows with eight points (3g-5a) in 13 games. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 12-2-0 all-time against Minnesota State while third-year head coach John Harrington is 2-8-0 against the Beavers.

A Look At The Mavericks
The Mavericks prepare to host the Beavers this weekend on a nine-game losing streak and last in the WCHA standings. The Mavericks’ last win came on Dec. 8 against Lindenwood University. Minnesota State traveled to University of Minnesota last weekend, falling to the Gophers 4-2 and 2-0 in the series. Tristen Truax scored both goals for the Mavericks in the series.

Minnesota State enters the weekend sixth in scoring offense (1.58 g/gm) and seventh in scoring defense (3.73 g/gm) among teams in the league. The Mavericks also have the worst special teams in the league, ranking last in power play (.090) and penalty kill (.753).

Freshman Brittyn Fleming leads the Mavericks with 15 points (4g-11a) in her first season with the team while Jordan McLaughlin follows with 12 points (6g-6a) and leads the team in goals. The Mavericks have split time in net between junior Kathryn Bidulka and sophomore Chloe Crosby. Bidulka leads the team with 16 appearances and is 1-14-0 with a 3.74 goals against average and .879 save percentage. Crosby has the most wins in net and is 2-8-1 with a 3.57 goals against average and .879 save percentage in 13 games.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Bemidji State women’s hockey team jumps back into WCHA action after having last weekend off.
  • The Beavers travel to Minnesota State to face the Mavericks with just six games remaining on the 2017-18 regular season schedule.
  • Bemidji State is 39-26-10 all-time against the Mavericks and 19-15-3 on the road.
  • Alexis Joyce leads active skaters with 13 points (2g-11a) in 14 games against the Mavericks.
  • Head coach Jim Scanlan is 12-2-0 all-time against the Mavericks and 5-1-0 at the Verizon Center.
  • BSU swept the Mavericks in their last series in Bemidji by scores of 4-2 and 5-0.
  • Freshmen Paige Beebe and Clair DeGeorge led the Beavers with four points in the series.
  • Beebe, DeGeorge and Lauren Bench were awarded WCHA Players of the Week for their efforts against the Mavericks.
  • Bemidji State is 4-7-0 on the road this season.
  • Bemidji State ranks fourth in the WCHA in scoring offense (2.65g/gm) but rank sixth in scoring defense (2.43g/gm).
  • BSU’s power play is third in the league at .198 percent but are sixth on the penalty kill at .800.
  • Sophomore Haley Mack leads the Beavers in scoring and is tied for 12th in the league with 21 points (9g-12a).
  • Freshman Clair DeGeorge follows with 19 points (5g-14a) and is tied for 20th.
  • Seven of the Beavers’ top 10 scoring leaders are underclassmen (Mack, DeGeorge, Kaasa, Halluska, Langei, Beebe and Radke).
  • Nine Beavers have set career highs in points this season (Mack, Terres, Kaasa, Halluska, Radke, Fawcett, Wright, Jorde and Marolt). 
  • Junior Emily Bergland is tied for third in the league with seven power-play points this season.
  • Haley Mack continues to lead the league with three short-handed goals and needs one more to set a program record.
  • Senior Alexis Joyce is tied for sixth in the WCHA in defenseman scoring with 16 points (4g-12a). Her linemate, Mak Langei, is tied for ninth with 14 points (3g-11a).
  • Joyce needs just three points to tie for second on BSU’s points by a defenseman list. She is eighth among all skaters at BSU with 54 career assists.
  • DeGeorge’s 19 points during her freshman season is the 10th best freshman season for a Beaver.
  • The Beavers and Mavericks begin the series Friday, Feb. 2 at 2:07 p.m. followed by the series finale Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:07 p.m.

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