|January 25, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||12:34||BSU||Halluska, Abby (DeGeorge, Clair )|
|1||18:46||BSU||Myers, Graysen (Marolt, Sylvia , Langei, Mak)|
|2||10:39||BSU||DeGeorge, Clair (Hunt, Melissa , Bergland, Emily)|
|2||14:25||MINNST||Bryant, Brooke (Fleming, Brittyn , Oelkers, Madison)|
|3||15:07||MINNST||Antony, Emily (Hinze, Megan , Fleming, Brittyn)|
|3||16:20||BSU||Beebe, Paige (Olson, Heather , Kampa, Tina)|
|3||18:52||BSU||Beebe, Paige (Kaasa, Jacqueline )|
|Shots on Goal||32||27|
MANKATO, Minn. - Sophomore Paige Beebe scored twice and sophomore Clair DeGeorge scored the game-winning goal and posted an assist to lead the Bemidji State University women's hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday night. The Beavers (9-15-1, 6-8-1-0 WCHA) earned three points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings to hold fifth place and trail University of Minnesota Duluth by six points.
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Bench stopped 25-of-27 shots by the Mavericks (9-12-4, 3-11-2-1 WCHA) while Abby Halluska and Graysen Myers posted the other goals for the Beavers.
Junior Abby Halluska opened the scoring for the Beavers at the 12:34 mark of the first period when she lifted the puck over the shoulder of Minnesota State goaltender Abigail Levy for her fourth goal of the season. The Beavers would strike again before the period ended off the stick of freshman Graysen Myers for her first collegiate goal with just 1:14 left before the first intermission.
Bemidji State extended its lead to 3-0 halfway through the second period when Clair DeGeorge batted home a rebounded Melissa Hunt shot. However, the Mavericks would respond after the third goal when Brooke Bryant scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season at 14:25 of the second period.
Much of the third period would favor the Beavers in that neither team was able to find the back of the net but at with 4:53 left, Minnesota State’s Emily Antony scored her first goal of the season to pull within one of the Beavers. However, the Beavers would earn a power play soon after and Beebe took the opportunity to score her third power-play goal of the season and first of the game to regain the two-goal advantage for the Beavers. The power-play goal would mark the second consecutive game in which BSU tallied a power-play goal after going the past seven games without one. Minnesota State would then pull Levy with 1:45 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and just behind her own blueline, Beebe fired a shot into the empty net with 1:08 left to seal the 5-2 win. The two-goal game for Beebe is the first of her career while at Bemidji State.
Bench earned the win in between the pipes to improve to 5-7-1 on the season after stopping 25-of-27 shots by the Mavericks while her opponent, Levy, made 27 saves.
Bemidji State finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while Antony’s power-play goal in the third period would be the lone power play tally for the Mavericks in their four chances.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State will play the series final tomorrow afternoon from Verizon Center with puck drop scheduled for 3:07 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).