|November 22, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||00:50||BSU||Passolt, Lydia (DeGeorge, Clair )|
|Shots on Goal||28||30|
MANKATO, Minn. – Redshirt junior Lauren Bench stopped all 30 shots by Minnesota State University, Mankato to lead the Bemidji State University women’s hockey to a 1-0 win over the Mavericks in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference series opener. For Bench, it was her seventh career shutout and first of the season to move into sole position for third all-time at Bemidji State while junior Lydia Passolt scored the game-winning goal in the second period.
Both teams were held off the scoreboard in the first period but just 50 seconds into the second frame, Lydia Passolt fired a shot from the slot to score her third goal of the season and give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Passolt’s marker would be the only one of the period as Lauren Bench and the Beavers’ defense held the Mavericks off the scoreboard for the second consecutive period. Minnesota State out-shot the Beavers 11-7 in the period but Bench stopped all 11 shots and entered the second intermission with 25 saves compared to 17 for Mavericks’ Abigail Levy.
Bemidji State played to win in the third period and out-shot the Mavericks 10-5 in the final period, but Levy kept the Beavers off of the scoreboard. However, Bench was just as strong and denied all shots by the Mavericks including two during a 6-on-5 advantage in final two minutes.
Bench improved to 3-6-0 on the season with the win which was also the 20th of her career.
Junior Clair DeGeorge earned the lone assist on Passolt’s game-winning goal for the Beavers’ only points in the game.
Bemidji State earned the lone power play in the game and failed to score on the advantage.
The Beavers improved to 4-8-1 on the season and 3-6-0-0 in league play while the Mavericks fall to 6-7-2 (2-7-2-2 WHCA).
The Beavers play for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon when the two teams drop the puck at 2:07 p.m. from the Verizon Center.
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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).