|February 15, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||00:08||MINN||Amanda Kessel (Hannah Brandt , Mira Jalosuo)|
|1||01:07||MINN||Rachael Bona (Becky Kortum , Megan Bozek)|
|1||11:22||MINN||Rachel Ramsey (Becky Kortum , Kelly Terry)|
|1||16:03||MINN||Hannah Brandt (Amanda Kessel , Milica McMillen)|
|2||00:31||MINN||Amanda Kessel (Hannah Brandt , Maryanne Menefee)|
|2||04:09||MINN||Becky Kortum (Kelly Terry , Baylee Gillanders)|
|2||11:51||MINN||Milica McMillen (Noora Raty )|
|3||07:46||MINN||Katie Frischmann (Jordyn Burns , Rachael Bona)|
|Shots on Goal||17||46|
MINNEAPOLIS (Ridder Arena) – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team fell to top-ranked University of Minnesota 8-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) action Friday night Ridder Arena. The loss drops the Beavers’ record to 6-21-2 with a 5-19-1-0 record in WCHA play and is the team’s third consecutive loss.
After going 1-2-1 against the Gophers last season, the Beavers have lost their first three meetings against Minnesota this season. The Gophers continued their run at an undefeated season by advancing to 31-0-0 on the year, including a perfect 25-0-0-0 ledger in conference play, and earned their NCAA-record 39th game in a row dating back to their national title run last season.
As was the case in its last game, Bemidji State conceded an early lead and was unable to recover.
Amanda Kessel, the nation’s leading scorer, opened the scoring eight seconds into the game by redirecting a cross-crease feed from Hanna Brandt. Only 59 ticks later, Rachael Bona doubled Minnesota’s lead by putting home her own rebound past BSU goaltender Abby Ryplanski (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Rachel Ramsey made it 3-0 just after the midway point of the opening frame when her shot from the blueline found its way through traffic and in. Brandt capped the scoring in the first with a power-play tally. Kessel ended Ryplanski’s night 31 seconds into the middle stanza with her 42nd goal of the season.
Ryplanski finished the night with 19 saves on 24 shots.
The Gophers scored twice more before the end of the second period after Jessica Havel (Sr., G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) was inserted between the pipes. Becky Kortum and Milica McMillen score at 4:09 and 11:51, respectively, to make it 7-0 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third period, Katie Frischmann finished the scoring for the night with her first goal of the season with 12:14 to go. Havel equaled Ryplanski in saves with 19 of her own, while allow three goals.
BSU outshot Minnesota 9-7 in the final frame, but could not solve Gopher goaltender Noora Räty, who recorded her 38th career shutout and 12th of the 2012-13 campaign. The Beavers were outshot 43-18 in the game. The 25-shot margin was a season-worst for Bemidji State.
The Beavers will finish their series in Minneapolis tomorrow afternoon at 4:07. They will then cap their regular season with a home series against eighth-ranked University of Wisconsin. BSU will begin WCHA playoff action the following week away from home against an opponent, which has yet to be determined the following.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University 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).