BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team spends its first road weekend of the 2018-19 season at Providence College and will play a two-game, non-conference series with the Friars (0-0-0, 0-0-0-0 Hockey East) Oct. 5-6. The Beavers (0-2-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) travel to face the Friars after dropping both games against No. 1 Clarkson University in their season-opening series.
The Beavers and Friars will meet for just the fifth and sixth times in the two programs’ histories and first during the Jim Scanlan era. Bemidji State owns the series record at 2-1-1 with the two teams last met in Providence, R.I. where the Friars defeated the Beavers, 5-1, Oct. 6, 2012.
A Look At The Friars
Providence opens its 2018-19 campaign against the Beavers but hosted an exhibition with Concordia University Sept. 28 where the Friars defeated Concordia 6-1 in the game. The Friars finished 2017-18 with a 17-13-7 overall record and a 12-7-5 mark in Hockey East. The second-place regular season finish was the team’s best since 2009-10. Providence’s season came to a close in a quarterfinal series against UConn, where the Friars fell in three games.
Providence returns top scorer, Maureen Murphy, as well as offensive threats Christina Putigna and Cassidy MacPherson. Murphy had 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points in her rookie campaign. She had four short-handed goals, which was good for first in the nation. Putigna only played in 29 games due to injury but was still able to rack up 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. MacPherson led the Friars in assists with 17 and finished the year with 22 points as she chipped in five goals.
The Friars return all seven defensemen from last season, including senior Kate Friesen. She had 13 points in just 25 games played, including nine assists. Avery Fransoo led the defense in scoring with 15 points on three goals and 12 assists. In net, Madison Myers returns for her senior season. She finished 2017-18 with 885 saves, which is third-most in a single season at Providence. She ranks fourth all-time in saves, with 2,158. Last season, she posted a 1.98 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with four shutouts.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers return to action after opening its 2018-19 season by hosting No. 1 Clarkson University at Sanford Center.
- Bemidji State fell in both games to the Golden Knights by scores of 5-1 and 5-3 despite outshooting its opponent 65-33 in the series.
- The Beavers fell down to the Golden Knights 4-0 in game two but responded with three consecutive goals including two in the third period to pull within one of the two-time defending national champs. BSU was unable to score the game-tying goal and Clarkson sealed the game with an empty-net goal late.
- The Beavers were led by juniors Briana Jorde and Jacqueline Kaasa who each posted two points in the series while Jorde posted her first career two-point game with two assists in game two.
- The Beavers saw four different goal scorers in the series with Paige Beebe, Emily Bergland, Lydia Passolt and Kiki Radke each tallying markers for BSU.
- BSU split time in net between sophomores Lauren Bench and Kerigan Dowhy with Dowhy earning the statistical advantage by allowing four goals for a 4.08 goals against average and stopping 14 saves for a .778 save percentage.
- The Beavers went 1-of-6 while on the power play during the series with Paige Beebe scoring the power-play goal but allowed the Golden Knights to convert on two of their four chances.
- Senior Emily Bergland scored her 31st career goal this weekend and looks to crack BSU’s all-time goal scoring list and trails 10th on the list, Kelly Hart, by just two goals.
- Bergland leads all active skaters with 54 career points (31g-23a) while Haley Mack follows with 38 points (15g-23a).
- Bemidji State will be at the center of the hockey world in Minnesota by participating in the 2019 Hockey Day in Minnesota Jan. 19. The Beavers will play a non-conference game with Minnesota State University, Mankato outdoors next to Lake Bemidji.
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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).