|February 16, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||0||0||1|
|2||19:35||SCSU||Hannah Potrykus (Kayla Friesen )|
|4||02:19||BSU||Passolt, Lydia (Mack, Haley , DeGeorge, Clair)|
|Shots on Goal||35||27|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Sophomore Lydia Passolt scored the overtime, game-winning goal at 2:19 of the extra period for the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to earn the series sweep over St. Cloud State University, Saturday afternoon. The Beavers (13-18-2, 10-10-2-0 WCHA) earned three more points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings and jumped University of Minnesota Duluth for fourth place and home playoff positioning.
The Beavers hold fourth by one point over the Bulldogs with one week left in the regular season. Bemidji State hosts No. 1 University of Minnesota in the final week while Minnesota Duluth travels to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
After a scoreless first period, junior Jacqueline Kaasa got the Beavers on the scoreboard first just 1:43 into the second frame after batting in her own rebounded shot for her ninth goal of the season. The scoreboard would remain unchanged for most of the period until St. Cloud State’s Kayla Friesen won an offensive face-off and drew the puck back to Hannah Potrykus who sniped in top shelf to even the score with just 25 seconds remaining.
Neither team could beat the opposing goaltender during the third period and the two teams would head to the five-minute overtime period. Following a St. Cloud State breakaway by Julie Tylke that was denied by redshirt sophomore Lauren Bench, sophomore Lydia Passolt received a pass from Haley Mack while on a 3-on-1 and fired the puck past Emma Polusny for the overtime, game-winning goal at 2:19 of the extra period.
Bemidji State out-shot St. Cloud State 35-27 in the game and Bench stopped 26-of-27 shots by the Huskies to improve to 9-8-2 on the season.
The Beavers host No. 1 Minnesota for the final week of the regular season Feb. 22-23 and will honor its three seniors Melissa Hunt, Emily Bergland and Sylvia Marolt in part of senior day.
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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).