|March 02, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||07:09||BSU||Kaasa, Jacqueline (Radke, Kiki , Kampa, Tina)|
|1||11:37||BSU||Beebe, Paige (Halluska, Abby , Bergland, Emily)|
|1||16:59||UMD||Ryleigh Houston (Lizi Norton , Jalyn Elmes)|
|3||11:20||UMD||Gabbie Hughes (Maggie Flaherty )|
|3||14:10||UMD||Anneke Linser (Gabbie Hughes , Lizi Norton)|
|3||14:55||BSU||Mack, Haley (Kaasa, Jacqueline , Kampa, Tina)|
|Shots on Goal||35||36|
DULUTH, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team’s 2018-19 season came to an abrupt end Saturday afternoon after the Beavers (13-21-2, 10-12-2-0 WCHA) fell to University of Minnesota Duluth, 4-3, in game two their Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series at AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs (15-15-4, 9-11-4-4 WCHA) scored four unanswered goals en-route to the 4-3 victory.
Bemidji State started the scoring when Jaqueline Kaasa received a pass from Kiki Radke and curled to the top of the left circle and fired the puck past Maddie Rooney on the glove side at 7:09. The Beavers wasted no time in adding another tally to their lead when Paige Beebe corralled a rebounded Abby Halluska shot to put BSU up two just 4:28 later. The Bulldogs would score late in the period however, when Ryleigh Houston batted in a loose puck in front of Lauren Bench to pull UMD within one with 3:01 remaining. The period would end with the Beavers holding the 2-1 lead and shots were in favor of the Bulldogs, 15-10.
Minnesota Duluth would score the lone goal in the second period despite Bemidji State outshooting the Bulldogs 14-8 in the frame. Anna Klein intercepted a pass by the Beavers and beat the BSU’s defense for a breakaway and was able to beat Bench side-to-side for the equalizing mark at 7:03. The goal would set up an intense third period with the score locked at two and the Beavers’ hoping to continue their season.
It would be the Bulldogs who struck first in the third period when Gabbie Hughes crashed the net on her own shot to bat home her team leading 18th goal of the season at 11:20. UMD scored its fourth unanswered goal of the game just 2:50 after Hughes’ goal when Anneke Linser scored while on a 2-on-1 for the two-goal advantage with just 5:50 remaining. Bemidji State earned a power play just seconds after the goal and 45 seconds after the Bulldog tally, junior Haley Mack sniped the puck past Rooney with BSU’s net empty to pull within one. However, the Beavers ultimate foe would be the clock and ran out of time before they could find the game-tying goal, ending their 2018-19 campaign.
BSU totaled 35 shots in the game while Rooney earned 32 saves for UMD to improve to 12-14-4 while Bench earned 32 saves for the Beavers and falls to 9-11-2.
Bemidji State didn’t take a single penalty in the game while Minnesota Duluth was sent to the box twice and BSU capitalized on their chance in the third period for the team’s first power-play goal since Feb. 1.
Bemidji State finishes 2018-19 with a 13-21-2 record overall and were 10-12-2-0 in league play.
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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).