|March 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||00:41||WIS||Wellhausen, Baylee (Roque, Abby , Gardner, Mikaela)|
|1||19:26||BSU||Terres, Emma (Bergland, Emily , Beebe, Paige)|
|2||11:06||WIS||Wellhausen, Baylee (Roque, Abby )|
|3||10:45||WIS||Rolfes, Maddie (Rowe, Maddie )|
|Shots on Goal||23||31|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Ridder Arena) - No. 1 University of Wisconsin scored three-unanswered goals to defeat the Bemidji State University women's hockey team, 4-1, in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff Semifinal Saturday afternoon.
“I’m proud of my group’s efforts,” said head coach Jim Scanlan. “We certainly gave ourselves a chance. You go into the third period down 2-1 to this team, your only one shots away, and that was our mindset. Hockey is a funny game, sometimes the puck goes for you and sometimes it doesn’t.”
Senior Emma Terres scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the first period while senior Baylee Wellhausen netted a hat trick for the Badgers. Freshman Kerigan Dowhy made her fifth consecutive start for BSU and made 27 saves in just her second loss of the season.
The Beavers end their season 16-19-3 while the Badgers advance to the Final Faceoff Championship to face the winner of University of Minnesota and Ohio State University.
Wisconsin got off to a hot start scoring just 41 seconds after the opening faceoff when senior Baylee Wellhausen scored to take the early 1-0 lead. It wouldn’t be until halfway through the period when BSU got its first shot on goaltender Kristen Campbell but followed with consistent pressure in their offensive zone leading to a Badger penalty at 17:43. Each team would get coincidental penalties during the power play and with just 33 seconds remaining, Terres blasted a shot from the point to score her 11th goal of the season and send the Beavers and Badgers into the locker room tied at one.
The second period was a better start for the Beavers and outshot the Badgers 7-4 within the first 10 minutes. Wisconsin was penalized for too many men at 10:57 but right off the faceoff, Wellhausen flew past the BSU defense and scored a breakaway short-handed goal at 11:06 for her second goal of the game. The rest of the period would be dominated by Wisconsin and with 1:41 left in the period, BSU would head to the box for the Badgers’ first power play of the game. Dowhy and the Beavers’ defense would stop all five shots on the power-play and head into the final intermission trailing 2-1.
Wisconsin carried its momentum from the power play into the final period and controlled play in their end through most of the first half of play. The Badgers would take a two-goal lead with 10:45 left when Maddie Rolfes put one past the short-side of Dowhy. Bemidji State would be stymied by the Badgers but the Beavers would get a power play with 3:07 to play. BSU pulled its goaltender in favor of the 6-on-4 advantage but Campbell and the Badgers held the Beavers scoreless on the power play. Wisconsin would get the game clinching empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining off the stick of Wellhausen to complete her second career hat trick.
The Beavers held the Badgers 0-for-2 on the power play while going 1-for-3 on their own man advantage. Campbell stopped 22-of-23 shots for her 30th win of the season.
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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).