BEMIDJI, Minn. – For just the third time in the 20-years since Bemidji State University started its women’s hockey program, the Beavers make an appearance in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff this weekend. The fourth-seeded Beavers (16-18-3) clash with No. 1 University of Wisconsin in the semifinal game March 3 with the winner advancing to the championship game March 4. The Beavers and Badgers (29-3-2) are slated for a 2:07 p.m. puck drop at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., followed by third-seeded University of Minnesota and second-seed Ohio State University at 5:07 p.m.
BSU vs. Wisconsin
Bemidji State and Wisconsin met four times during the regular season with the Badgers going 3-0-1 against the Beavers. BSU took UW to overtime twice during their last series in Bemidji, Jan. 19-20, falling in overtime 4-3 in game one and lost in the shootout in game two. Wisconsin owns the all-time series record at 70-5-4 including defeating the Beavers in the 2015 WCHA Final Face-Off Championship.
BSU vs. Ohio State
The Beavers and Buckeyes met four times during the regular season with BSU going 1-2-1 against nationally ranked Ohio State. In their most recent meeting, BSU and OSU split their series in Columbus, Ohio to end the regular season, Feb. 16-17. Ohio State leads the all-time series 38-25-12 and teams last met in the WCHA Playoffs in 2003 with the Buckeyes defeating the Beavers for a spot in the WCHA Final Five.
BSU vs. Minnesota
Minnesota took the regular season series against the Beavers, 3-1-0. Bemidji State forced overtime twice against the nationally ranked Gophers but Minnesota was able to score the game-winning goals in overtime. Minnesota dominates the all-time series record at 72-9-7 but the Beavers would get the best of the Gophers the last time the two teams met in the WCHA Final Face-Off. BSU upset the second-ranked Gophers, 1-0, in the 2015 semifinal game to advance to the championship.
Bemidji State Notes
- Bemidji State last appeared in the WCHA Final Faceoff in 2015, Jim Scanlan’s first season as head coach, advancing to the championship game after defeating Minnesota, 1-0, but fell to Wisconsin, 4-0.
- Alexis Joyce, Emma Terres, Reilly Fawcett and Summer Thibodeau were all freshmen during that tournament.
- This will be the Beavers’ third appearance in the WCHA Final Faceoff since the league started the Final Faceoff format in 2006. BSU is 1-2 all-time in the WCHA Final Faceoff.
- Bemidji State’s first appearance in the Final Faceoff came in 2010 falling to Minnesota Duluth in the semifinal.
- BSU advanced to the WCHA Final Faceoff after defeating University of Minnesota Duluth, 2-1, in a best-of-three series.
- The Beavers defeated the Bulldogs, 2-1, in game one of the series but fell in game two, 4-1. Freshman Kerigan Dowhy responded with her first career shutout in a 3-0 win to send the Beavers to the next round.
- Junior Emily Bergland (1g-2a) and sophomore Haley Mack (2g-1a) each led the Beavers with three points in the series.
- Dowhy was awarded the WCHA Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week for her efforts.
- BSU will go up against the top scoring offense in the league with the Badgers’ averaging 3.35 goals per game. The Beavers are ranked sixth in the WCHA by allowing 2.48 goals per game.
- BSU owns the fourth-best scoring offense however, and averages 2.41 goals per game while the Badgers are second in the nation limiting opponents to just 1.18 goals per game.
- Alexis Joyce leads the Beavers with six points (1g-5a) in 17 games against the Badgers while Emily Bergland follows with five points (3g-2a) in 12 games.
- Senior Erin Deters leads the team with four starts (0-4-0) against Wisconsin while Lauren Bench (0-2-0) and Kerigan Dowhy (0-0-1) have each made two appearances.
- Dowhy has made four-consecutive starts for the Beavers and is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .941 save percentage.
- Jim Scanlan is 1-15-1 in his four-year career against Wisconsin while Badger head coach Mark Johnson is 57-4-3 in 15 seasons.
- Senior Alexis Joyce set a program record by playing in her 147th consecutive game Sunday. The senior has not missed a game during her career.
- Fellow senior Emma Terres looks to play in her 145th consecutive game Saturday, tied for the third longest streak at BSU.
- Joyce has totaled 81 career points (22g-59a) and needs two points to crack the top 10 in points among all skaters at BSU. She is tied for fifth among all skaters with 59 career assists.
- Clair DeGeorge’s 23 points (7g-16a) is the seventh best freshman season at BSU. Her 23 points are tied for sixth among WCHA freshman.
- Seven of the Beavers’ top 10 scorers are underclassmen led by sophomore Haley Mack with 25 points (11g-14a).
- 20 of the teams’ 25-player roster hail from the state of Minnesota.
- Joyce, DeGeorge and freshman Mak Langei all received postseason awards from the WCHA. Joyce was named to the All-WCHA Second Team, DeGeorge to the All-WCHA Third and Rookie Teams and Langei to the All-Rookie Team.
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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).