|February 10, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|St. Cloud State||1||1||2||4|
|1||14:42||SCSU||Julia Tylke (Emma Turbyville , Hannah Bates)|
|2||10:01||SCSU||Julia Tylke (Alyssa Erickson )|
|2||13:36||BSU||DeGeorge, Clair (Beebe, Paige , Terres, Emma)|
|3||10:10||SCSU||Hannah Potrykus (Laura Kluge , Julia Tylke)|
|Shots on Goal||27||36|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- St. Cloud State University got three points, including the game-winning goal, from forward Julia Tylke Saturday as the Huskies posted a 4-1 victory to spoil Bemidji State University's senior day and complete a WCHA series sweep of the Beavers.
St. Cloud State broke a scoreless tie at the 14:42 mark of the first period when Julia Tylke was on the doorstep to push a rebound for an Emma Turbyville shot past the BSU goaltender Erin Deters.
The Huskies stretched their lead to 2-0 at the 10:01 mark of the second. Alyssa Erickson skated in front of a BSU attempt to clear the zone and found Tylke in the slot for her second goal of the afternoon. But the Beavers answered to end the series shutout streak at 93:36. Emma Terres dug the puck out the corner and found Paige Beebe behind the net who handed the puck off to Claire DeGeorge. The freshman skated around the zone and fired her seventh goal of the season past SCSU’s Emma Polusny.
The goal not only ended BSU's scoring drought, it seemed to tip the momentum in the Beavers' favor. Less than two minutes later, Bemidji State got its first power-play opportunity to the game when Jordan Stewart was called for slashing. While the Beavers controlled play, they generate just one shot on goal during the advantage and finished the period trailing St. Cloud State 2-1.
Midway through the third, Hannah Potrykus doubled the Huskies' lead with her fourth goal of the season.
BSU held play in their own offensive zone for long stretched of the third and generated several scoring opportunities, but were forced to press by pulling Deters for an extra attacker with nearly three minutes to play. The tactic was magnified by an SCSU penalty at the 17:41 mark giving BSU a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Huskies ended BSU's pursuit with 55 seconds to play when Brittney Anderson attempted to clear the puck of the zone and the attempt caromed off the boards and into the net 190 feet away.
BSU, now 13-16-3 overall and 8-12-2-1 in WCHA play, will now await its postseason fate. The Beavers entered the day just one point behind the University of Minnesota Duluth in the league standings for fourth place and the right to host the first round of the WCHA playoffs with two games left in the regular season.
The first round of the first round, best-of-three WCHA Playoffs series will take place at the hosts of the top four seeds Feb. 23-25.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University 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).