|February 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||04:06||MSU||Davidson, Hannah (Truax, Tristen , Kolstad, Rebekah)|
|2||04:47||BSU||Joyce, Alexis (Terres, Emma , Bergland, Emily)|
|2||06:17||BSU||Terres, Emma (Joyce, Alexis , Langei, Mak)|
|2||11:21||BSU||Hunt, Melissa (DeGeorge, Clair , Beebe, Paige)|
|3||04:10||MSU||Gardner, Demi (Gardner, Mariah )|
|3||06:40||BSU||Langei, Mak (Joyce, Alexis )|
|3||16:55||MSU||McLaughlin, Jordan (Hinze, Megan , Fleming, Brittyn)|
|3||19:24||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Joyce, Alexis , Kampa, Tina)|
|Shots on Goal||29||24|
MANKATO, Minn. – Behind a career-high four-point effort from senior defenseman Alexis Joyce, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team defeated Minnesota State University, Mankato, 5-3, Saturday afternoon to earn the series split. Joyce tallied a goal and three assists in the game and becomes the second highest scoring defenseman in program history with 78 career points (21g-57a).
The Beavers (13-14-3, 8-10-2-1 WCHA) earned three points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings and trail fourth place University of Minnesota Duluth by one point.
Senior Emma Terres, junior Emily Bergland and freshman Mak Langei each had mutli-point efforts as well after the trio recorded a goal and assist. Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench stopped 21-of-24 shots by the Mavericks to improve to 8-7-0 on the season.
Minnesota State started the scoring in the game when Hannah Davidson scored just 4:06 into the opening period. The Beavers seemed to settle down from then on but were unable to get the tying mark in the period and trailed 1-0 after the first period.
BSU responded by scoring three consecutive goals in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Joyce began the streak with her fifth goal of the season at 4:47 followed by a goal from Terres just 1:30 later. Junior Melissa Hunt extended the Beavers’ lead to two with her first goal of the season at 11:21.
The Beavers would take the two-goal lead into the final period but a quick goal from Minnesota State’s Demi Gardner at 4:10 of the third pulled the Mavericks within one. Bemidji State responded when Langei scored her first goal in eight games just 2:30 later. Minnesota State wouldn’t quit and with just 3:05 left to play, Jordan McLaughlin pulled MSU within one once again with her team-leading eighth goal of the season. MSU pulled their goaltender with 1:27 left to play and Bergland capitalized by scoring the empty-net goal to seal the 5-3 victory for the Beavers.
Bemidji State outshot the Mavericks 29-24 in the game and held their power play to 0-for-2.
The Beavers return home to host their final regular season home series next weekend and will honor its six seniors in part of senior weekend against St. Cloud State University, Feb. 9-10.
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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).