BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team faces its third consecutive nationally ranked opponent this weekend by traveling to No. 1 University of Wisconsin. The Beavers (1-4-1, 0-2-0 WCHA) will try to upset the top-ranked Badgers (8-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) who boast a perfect 8-0-0 start to the season. BSU and UW will face-off for a two-game, Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with game one Friday, Oct. 20 followed by game two, Saturday. Puck drop for each game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.
The Beavers and Badgers will meet for the 74th and 75th time in the all-time series dating back to 1999. Wisconsin dominates the all-time series record at 65-5-3 but off the five wins by BSU, four of them have come on the road at LaBahn Arena. The Beavers and Badgers last met in Bemidji, Minn., Feb. 3-4, with Wisconsin sweeping the Bemidji State with 6-1 and 4-2 wins. Fourth-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 1-12-0 all-time against the Badgers while Mark Johnson is 54-4-2 in 15 seasons against the Beavers including a current 10-game winning streak.
A Look at the Badgers
The Badgers enter the weekend ranked No. 1 in the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls after sweeping Minnesota State University, Mankato this past weekend. The Badgers rallied down one in the third period with two goals to down the Mavericks 3-2 in game one of the series and then completed the sweep with a 3-1 win, Saturday night. Sophomore forward Presley Norby led the Badgers with three points (1g-2a) in the series.
Wisconsin resumes its reputation as one of the toughest programs to score against and leads the WCHA by holding opponents to just 0.88 goals per game. The Badgers have allowed just seven goals in eight games, ranking third in Division I. The Badgers offense is just as powerful ranking second in the conference by scoring 3.50 goals per game. The Badgers have outscored its opponents 28-7 (+21), the largest goal differential in the nation. Wisconsin has scored the most goals (8) while on the power play in the league and are 8-of-35, second in the WCHA with a .229 percentage. Its penalty killing unit is not as strong however, allowing four goals on 31 chances for a .871 percentage, fourth in the WCHA
Sophomore forward Abby Roque has had a quick start to her second season, pacing the Badgers in points with three goals and eight assists. Senior Claudia Kepler and sophomore Presley Norby follow with eight points each while Kepler leads the Badgers with five goals this season. Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell has played every minute in net for the Badgers posting a 8-0-0 record with a 0.88 goals against average and .951 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will face a ranked opponent for the third consecutive week second opponent ranked in the top two by the USCHO.com national poll in No. 1 University of Wisconsin.
- The Beavers opened Western Collegiate Hockey Association play last weekend by hosting No. 9/8 University of Minnesota, falling to the Gophers in each game of the series.
- Bemidji State was out-scored in the series 7-4 including an empty-net goal in game one and Minnesota only held a 53-51 shot advantage in the series.
- The weekend started with the Beavers falling 3-1 in game one where sophomore Abby Halluska netted the Beavers lone tally in the game with less than eight minutes remaining to bring the Beavers within one.
- Senior goaltender Erin Deters gave the Beavers a chance to win the game stopping 24-of-26 shots by the Gophers but BSU was unable to tie the score when Deters was pulled out of net in favor of the extra attacker late in the game.
- Game two would prove to be an even closer battle between the two teams with Minnesota gaining two one-goal leads in the game but the Beavers were able to tie the score each time.
- Tied 3-3 at the end of the third period, senior captain Sydney Baldwin fired a puck from the blueline that deflected off a BSU skater for the overtime winner 1:04 into the extra period.
- Summer Thibodeau scored the first goal for the Beavers in the first period while freshman defender Mak Langei scored her first collegiate goal to tie the Gophers late in the second period. Senior captain Emma Terres then tied the game for the second time with her second goal of the season early in the third period.
- Redshirt freshman Lauren Bench stopped 22-of-26 shots by the Gophers falling to 1-2-0 on the season.
- Freshman Mak Langei tallied her first two career points Saturday night assisting on the game’s first goal and scoring the game-tying goal in the second period.
- Freshman Clair DeGeorge continued her hot start to her collegiate career earning two assists Saturday and paces the Beavers with five points (1g-4a) in six games.
- After scoring the game-tying goal in the third period, senior Emma Terres is tied with Jacqueline Kaasa and Haley Mack for the team lead with two goals this season. Terres is also tied for second on the team in points with four (2g-2a).
- Freshman defender Tina Kampa recorded her first point as a Beaver assisting on Halluska’s power-play goal in game one.
- Langei and DeGeorge tied for second among freshman by tallying two points each this weekend and tied for sixth overall.
- Goaltender Erin Deters leads the WCHA and is fourth in the nation with a .956 save percentage allowing just four goals and making 87 saves. She is second in the WCHA with a 1.31 goals against average.
- The Beavers held the Gophers to just 1-for-5 while on the power play this past weekend and rank second in the WCHA with a .875 penalty kill percentage.
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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).