|November 02, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||06:31||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Beebe, Paige , Jorde, Briana)|
|1||15:38||MINN||Emily Oden (Taylor Heise , Crystalyn Hengler)|
|1||16:54||MINN||Grace Zumwinkle (Nicole Schammel , Olivia Knowles)|
|1||18:16||BSU||DeGeorge, Clair (Langei, Mak , Beebe, Paige)|
|2||09:53||MINN||Katie Robinson (Emily Oden , Amy Potomak)|
|2||11:48||MINN||Alex Woken (Taylor Williamson , Olivia Knowles)|
|3||10:02||MINN||Alex Woken (Patti Marshall )|
|3||15:37||MINN||Taylor Wente (Nicole Schammel , Grace Zumwinkle)|
|Shots on Goal||22||37|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sophomore Clair DeGeorge scored two goals to give the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team 1-0 and 3-2 leads in the first period over No. 2 University of Minnesota but the Gophers (8-2-1, 6-2-1-0 WCHA) scored four-unanswered goals in the second and third periods to complete the comeback over the Beavers (0-8-1, 0-4-1-0 WCHA).
DeGeorge opened the game with her second goal of the season at 5:31 of the first period and senior Emily Bergland put the Beavers up 2-0 just a minute later with second goal of the season as well. Minnesota answered back however, and at 15:38 and 16:54, Emily Oden and Grace Zumwinkle evened the score at two. The Beavers wouldn’t hang their heads and with just 1:44 remaining in the opening period, DeGeorge scored her second of the game, third of the season, while on a BSU power play to head into the locker room leading the second-ranked Gophers 3-2.
Minnesota showed why it’s the second-ranked team in the country however and scored the next four goals to steal the lead at 6-3. The Gophers started the scoring streak at 9:53 of the second period when Katie Robinson scored the game-tying goal. Minnesota took its first lead of the game just 1:55 later when Alex Woken scored an even-strength goal. Woken then extended the Gophers’ lead with her second goal of the game at 10:02 of the third period followed by Taylor Wente who scored Minnesota’s sixth goal of the game with just 4:23 remaining.
The Gophers heavily dominated play in their offensive end and outshot the Beavers 37-22 even with BSU blocking a game-high 17 shots.
Bemidji State had two chances on the power play and converted on one of them thanks to DeGeorge with her first power-play goal of the season while the Beavers’ penalty kill killed off two of three chances by the Gophers.
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Bench stopped 31 shots the game for her second consecutive game with 30 or more saves but earned the loss and falls to 0-5-1 on the season.
Behind DeGeorge’s two goals, sophomore Paige Beebe followed with two assists while Bergland (1g) and Jacqueline Kaasa (1a) each recorded a point.
The Beavers and Gophers are back in action tomorrow afternoon for the series finale at Ridder Arena. Puck drop for game two is scheduled for 4:07 p.m.
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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).