|March 01, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:46||UMD||Naomi Rogge (Sydney Brodt , Ashton Bell)|
|1||19:11||UMD||Anneke Linser (Anna Klein , Maggie Flaherty)|
|2||07:58||BSU||Bergland, Emily (Halluska, Abby , Beebe, Paige)|
|3||11:24||UMD||Gabbie Hughes (Maggie Flaherty , Shelby Brossart)|
|Shots on Goal||29||34|
DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth took a 1-0 series lead over the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team Friday afternoon after the Bulldogs (14-15-4, 9-11-4 WCHA) earned a 3-2 victory over the Beavers (13-20-2, 10-12-2 WCHA). Bemidji State attempted to overcome a two-goal deficit after the first period off a goal by senior Emily Bergland in the second period but Minnesota Duluth answered with a goal in the third to clinch the victory.
Minnesota Duluth scored first with a goal from Naomi Rogge at 8:46 of the first period after she received a pass from Sydney Brodt and fired the puck high glove for her ninth goal of the season. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0 just before the period’s end when Anneke Linser found a loose puck in front of the crease and scored on the back-hand with just 48 seconds left in the frame. Minnesota Duluth took the two-goal lead into the first intermission and also led in shots during the period, 13-8.
Bemidji State earned its first goal of the game when Emily Bergland skated in front of the net and one-timed a pass from Abby Halluska for her seventh goal of the season at 7:58 of the second period. Bergland’s goal was the 37th of her career and take sole position for fifth most in program history. The Beavers seemed to dominate the period and totaled 11 shots during the frame. However, Bergland’s tally would be the only marker and the teams would head to the second intermission with UMD holding a 2-1 lead and 24-19 shot advantage.
The third period was a tough battle between the two teams and both totaled 10 shots during the period. However, Minnesota Duluth would be the first to break the scoreboard when Gabbie Hughes scored her 17th goal of the season at 11:24 of the period. The Beavers would answer back however, but it would be too late as Mak Langei found the back of the net with the extra attacker with just 0.4 remaining on the clock for the final score to read, 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Bemidji State earned the only two power plays in the game but came up empty on each attempt.
BSU’s netminder Lauren Bench earned 31 saves in the game after Minnesota Duluth outshot the Beavers 34-29 in the game while UMD’s Maddie Rooney earned the win after stopping 27-of-29 shots.
Bemidji State will attempt to extend its season tomorrow afternoon when they face the Bulldogs for game two at 2:07 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).