BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team faces one of the top programs in Division I for its first road trip of the season in No. 2 Clarkson University. The Beavers (1-0-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) travel to Potsdam, N.Y., for a two-game series against the defending national champion Golden Knights (1-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC), October 6-7.
The Beavers and Golden Knights will face-off for the first time in the two program’s history. The Golden Knights were 2-2 against opponents from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association last season including defeating University of Wisconsin, 3-0, in the NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game. Head coach Jim Scanlan owns a 56-48-8 career record and is 1-0-0 against opponents from the Eastern College Athletic Conference previously defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014-15. Clarkson head coach Mark Desrosiers boasts a 220-88-40 record during his nine seasons at the helm of the Golden Knights program.
A Look At The Golden Knights
Clarkson enters the weekend ranked second in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls after opening the season as the top-ranked team in the preseason poll. The weekend will be the first at home for the Golden Knights having opened the season on the road at Northeastern University last weekend. Clarkson and Northeastern skated to a 1-1 tie in the opening game of the series while the Golden Knights rebounded with a 5-1 win in game two. Clarkson was led by junior Loren Gabel who posted three points (2g-1a) during the series.
Clarkson returns 16 letterwinners from its national championship season and have added seven newcomers to its roster. The Golden Knights will need to replace its top two scorers from last season in Cayley Mercer and Genevieve Bannon. Mercer tied for the nation lead with 62 points (28g-34a) last season while Bannon followed with 53 points (15g-38a). Gabel has taken a leap forward to replace Mercer leading the team with three points (2g-1a) after tallying 42 points (22g-20a) in 2016-17. Freshman Elizabeth Giguere looks to be another key forward for the Golden Knights, posting two points (1g-1a) at Northestern. Senior Savannah Harmon is the Golden Knights top returning defenseman after posting 36 points (11g-25a) in 2016-17 and scored a goal at Northeastern.
The Golden Knights return one of the top goaltenders in Division I in senior Shea Tiley. Tiley led the nation in minutes played last season (2487:37), finished seventh in goals against average (1.58) and save percentage (.931) and posted a 28-4-5 record. Tiley started both games at Northeastern last weekend allowing two goals for a 0.96 GAA and made 55 saves for a .965 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns to action this weekend after going 1-0-1 against Syracuse University the previous weekend to open the 2017-18 season.
- The Beavers and Orange started the series with a 0-0 tie in overtime in the first game of the series. Senior goaltender Erin Deters was spectacular in net in her first start as a senior posting a 33-save shutout for the scoreless tie.
- The Beavers then responded by posting five goals against the Orange in a 5-0 win for their first win of the season, Sept. 30. Five different Beavers scored in the game including Emma Terres who led the Beavers with a goal and assist.
- Redshirt Freshman Lauren Bench earned her first career start wearing the green and white for BSU and posted a 26-save shutout to earn her first collegiate win.
- Terres, Bailey Wright, Lindsey Featherstone, Haley Mack and Jacqueline Kaasa all scored for the Beavers in the game including Featherstone who tallied her first career goal off of her first career shot.
- In total, 13 different Beavers recorded a point in the game out of 18 skaters in the lineup.
- Senior defender Alexis Joyce tallied an assist during the game bringing her career points total to 59 and just two shy of Ivana Bilic for second on the program’s all-time scoring list for defensemen.
- Despite the offensive production in game two, the Beavers will need to work on their power-play unit going 0-for-9 in the series against the Orange including 0-for-5 in game one.
- The Beavers are one of two teams in the nation to earn back-to-back shutouts on opening weekend (Minnesota Duluth).
- After their week one performance, the Beavers entered the USCHO.com National Poll for the first time since Nov. 14, 2016 after receiving one vote from coaches around Division I.
- The Beavers begin their first road trip of the season this weekend taking on one of the top Division I college hockey programs in No. 2 Clarkson University, Oct. 6-7.
- The defending national champion Golden Knights will host the Beavers for the team’s first home series of the season after going 1-0-1 on the road at Northeastern University a week ago.
- The meeting between the Beavers and Golden Knights will be the first time the two teams will face-off against each other.
- Puck drop for both games of the series are scheduled for 2 p.m. CST, Oct. 6-7.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan will coach against Clarkson head coach Matt Desrosiers for the first time in his career and is 56-48-8 during his career at Bemidji State.
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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).