|February 02, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||00:46||MSU||Hinze, Megan (Keys, Anna , Boyd, Corbin)|
|2||00:56||BSU||DeGeorge, Clair (Beebe, Paige , Kampa, Tina)|
|2||18:57||MSU||Keys, Anna (Boyd, Corbin , Fleming, Brittyn)|
|3||19:05||MSU||McLaughlin, Jordan (Keys, Anna )|
|Shots on Goal||24||41|
MANKATO, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team fell 3-1 to Minnesota State University, Mankato in game one of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Friday afternoon. Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench made a career-high 38 saves for the Beavers (12-14-3, 7-10-2-1 WCHA).
Freshman Clair DeGeorge scored the lone tally for BSU while Paige Beebe and Tina Kampa assisted on the play.
After 20 minutes of play, neither team was able to put a score up on the scoreboard but just 46 seconds into the second period, Minnesota State scored the game’s first goal when Megan Hinze netted a power-play goal for her second of the season. Just 10 seconds later, DeGeorge found space behind the Maverick’s defense and evened the score with her sixth goal of the season. It would look like both teams would head into the second intermission tied at one but Anna Keys scored a power-play goal with 1:03 left to put MSU up 2-1 with one period to play.
The Beavers would make an effort to score the tying goal in the final period and firing for nine shots on net but Chloe Crosby and the Mavericks’ defense held BSU off the scoreboard. Minnesota stat would add to their lead with 58 seconds left when Jordan McLaughlin sealed the game just the Maverick’s second league win with an empty-net goal.
Minnesota State used its home-ice advantage by firing 41 shots on net for the 41-24 shot advantage while also going 2-for-4 on the power play. Bemidji State went 0-for-2 on its power play chances while Bench stopped 38-of-41 shots for the Beavers.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State close its regular season series tomorrow when the two teams face-off at 2:07 p.m.
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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).