BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team begins Western Collegiate Hockey Association play by traveling to No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth, Friday-Saturday. The Beavers (0-4-0, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) are eager to begin conference play after going 0-4-0 in non-conference series against No. 1 Clarkson University and Providence College.
The Beavers and Bulldogs have clashed for 90 meetings during the two program’s histories and Minnesota Duluth dominates the all-time series record at 69-17-4. The Beavers and Bulldogs met a total of eight times during the 2017-18 season including meeting for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. Bemidji State downed Minnesota Duluth in three-of-five regular season match-ups and upset the three-seeded Bulldogs, 2-1, in their playoff series. Goaltender Kerigan Dowhy stole the show in the Beavers’ playoff series with UMD posting two wins in the crease with a 1.76 goals against average and .929 save percentage including a 3-0 shutout in the series clinching game. Senior Emily Bergland has played the most games against the Bulldogs amongst active skaters and in 18 games, she has posted nine points on four goals and five assists. Junior Haley Mack follows with eight points (4g-4a) in 12 games while sophomore Clair DeGeorge trails with five points (2g-3a) in eight games.
A Look At The Bulldogs
Minnesota Duluth enters the weekend’s action ranked fifth in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly polls. The Bulldogs have one of the toughest starts to the season in all of Division I by hosting No. 6 Boston College, No. 3 University of Minnesota and traveling to No. 2 University of Wisconsin. The Bulldogs began the season by sweeping the No. 6 Eagles and went 0-1-0-1 with a shootout win against the No. 3 Gophers. Minnesota Duluth was swept by the second-ranked Badgers on the road in its latest action falling by scores of 4-2 and 3-1.
The Bulldogs come into the weekend averaging 2.17 goals per game to stand fifth in the league while allowing 2.83 goals against per game to also rank fifth. Minnesota Duluth is the most penalized team in the WCHA and through six games, average 10.2 penalty minutes per game. Minnesota Duluth’s special teams have been active to start the season and rank third and fifth, respectively, on the power play and penalty kill. UMD has converted on four-of-15 power play chances for a .267 percentage while killing off 16-of-21 of their opponent’s power plays for a .762 penalty kill percentage.
Minnesota Duluth is led on offense by junior Ryleigh Houston and freshman Gabbie Hughes who have each tallied three goals and two assists in the team’s first six games. The pair is followed by junior Sydney Brodt who has a goal and three assists while Anna Klein, Lizi Norton, Maggie Flaherty, Kailee Skinner and Anneke Linser each have three points. In net, the Bulldogs are led by Olympic gold medalist, junior Maddie Rooney. Rooney has started every game for the Bulldogs and has posted a 2-3-1 record with a 2.81 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Beavers return to action after a bye week last weekend and are currently tied for fifth in the WCHA standings and begin league play against the Bulldogs.
- Bemidji State opened the season with non-conference series against No. 1 Clarkson and Providence and were swept by both the Golden Knights and Friars.
- The Beavers are 17-69-4 all-time against the Bulldogs and went 5-3-0 in eight meetings last year.
- In the Beavers and Bulldogs last regular season road series, the two teams split its series with the Beavers winning game one, 5-3, but fell in game two, 3-2.
- Bemidji State upset third-seeded Minnesota Duluth, 2-1, in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs last season.
- In head coach Jim Scanlan’s four playoff appearances, the Beavers have faced the Bulldogs in the first round three times and have won the series twice.
- Senior Emily Bergland has played the most game and posted the most points against UMD among active skaters and in 18 games, has nine points (4g-5a). Fellow senior Melissa Hunt has faced the Bulldogs 17 times in her career and scored a goal.
- Junior Haley Mack follows with eight points (4g-4a) in 12 games while sophomore Clair DeGeorge trails with five points (2g-3a) in eight games.
- Goaltenders Kerigan Dowhy and Lauren Bench have each played in three games against the Bulldogs with Dowhy posting a 3-1-0 record and Bench is 1-1-0.
- Dowhy has posted a 1.76 goals against average and .929 save percentage while Bench has posted a 3.45 goals against average and .899 save percentage.
- The Beavers are led this season by junior Abby Halluska and Briana Jorde in scoring. Each have posted three points in four games with Halluska tallying a goal and two assists and Jorde tallying three assists.
- The Beavers have seen a different goal scorer for each of their eight goals this season. Halluska, Bergland, Tina Kampa, Kiki Radke, Lydia Passolt, Lindsey Featherstone, Paige Beebe and Clair DeGeorge have all scored for BSU.
- Senior Emily Bergland scored her 31st career goal earlier this season 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 55 career points (31g-24a) while Haley Mack follows with 38 points (15g-23a).
- Jim Scanlan is 71-71-10 in five seasons at the helm of the BSU Women’s Hockey program and 13-10-2-1 against Minnesota Duluth.
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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).