BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns home to host University of Minnesota Duluth this weekend for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (1-6-1, 0-4-0) and Bulldogs (2-6-0, 0-4-0) will meet Oct. 27-28 for a two-game series slated to start at 3:07 p.m. each day. The BSU hockey teams will be fundraising for breast cancer awareness up to the weekend, auctioning off 53 game-worn pink and white jerseys to benefit breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink at the rink during both men’s and women’s games.
The Beavers and Bulldogs will meet for the 83rd and 84th time in the all-time series dating back to 1999. The Beavers and Bulldogs last met Jan. 20-21, 2017 where the Beavers went 0-1-1 against then No. 2 UMD. BSU fell in game one of the series 5-1 but responded with a shootout win in game two. Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Bulldogs and in 17 games has totaled 11 points (2g-9a) while junior Emily Bergland has four points (2g-2a) in 10 career games against UMD. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-7-2 against Minnesota Duluth and 56-54-8 in his four-year career.
A Look At The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs begin the weekend’s action falling from No. 8 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls after falling in both games to University of Minnesota. Minnesota Duluth was outscored 6-2 in the series after falling 4-1 in game one and 2-1 in game two. Senior Jessica Healey and freshman Ashton Bell tallied the lone goals for UMD in the series.
The Bulldogs have had a slow start to their season ranking sixth and fourth in the league in goals per game (1.62) and goals allowed per game (2.50), respectively. Minnesota Duluth has scored just 13 goals this season, fifth in the WCHA and has allowed 20, sixth in the league. Of their 13 goals this season, UMD has scored seven on the power play second in the conference at .241 percent (7-of-29). Their penalty kill however, has struggled as of late allowing four goals on 18 chances for a .778 percentage, last in the WCHA.
The Bulldogs’ leading scorer is freshman Naomi Rogge (3g-3a) and sophomore Sydney Broday (2g-4a) who each have tallied six points in eight games. Sophomore Jalyn Elmes follows with five points (2g-3a) in eight games. Minnesota Duluth is led by senior Jessica Convery in net and in six games, has compiled a 2-4-0 record with a 2.03 goals against average and .908 save percentage. Sophomore Catherine Johnson has two games in net and is 0-2-0.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team had a difficult weekend at No. 1 University of Wisconsin this past weekend falling to the Badgers, 5-1, in both games of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
- Bemidji State held a 1-0 lead after the first period of game one but five answered goals by the top-ranked Badgers secured the 5-1 victory for Wisconsin.
- The Beavers followed with another 5-1 loss to the Badgers in game two with BSU earning its only goal in the game in the third period.
- Sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa tallied the lone Beaver goal Friday night with freshman Lydia Passolt scoring her first career goal on Saturday.
- Only four Beavers recorded a point in the series with Emily Bergland and Alexis Joyce each recording assists.
- With junior Alexis Joyce’s power-play assist in the first period of Friday’s game, the defenseman reached the 60 career points milestone at BSU. She ranks fourth on BSU’s all-time career points list as a defenseman, one shy of tying Ivana Bilic for third.
- With her power-play goal Friday, sophomore Jacqueline Kaasa moved into the team lead with three goals on the season.
- Despite not recording a point this past weekend, freshman Clair DeGeorge continues to lead the team with five points (1g-4a).
- Freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy made her first appearance in net for the Beavers after relieving Erin Deters with 12:49 left to play in the third period. The Pas, Manitoba native stopped all 12 shots by the Badgers in 12 minutes of action.
- Bemidji State will once again face an opponent that has received votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls this weekend in (RV) University of Minnesota Duluth.
- The Bulldogs fall from being ranked No. 8 the previous week to receiving votes in each poll after being swept by University of Minnesota. UMD was once ranked as high as No. 4 this year, marking the fourth-consecutive opponent the Beavers have faced in the national polls.
- Minnesota Duluth is 66-12-4 all-time against the Beavers and BSU is 5-32-1 in Bemidji, Minn.
- Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Bulldogs and in 17 games has totaled 11 points (2g-9a).
- Junior Emily Bergland has four points (2g-2a) in 10 career games against UMD.
- The Beavers went 0-1-1 against the Bulldogs in their last meeting with BSU earning a shootout win on Jan. 21, 2017.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-7-2 against Minnesota Duluth and 56-54-8 in his four-year career.
- The Beavers and Bulldogs series will get underway Oct. 27 at 3:07 p.m. at Sanford Center followed by game two, also at 3:07 p.m., Saturday.
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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).