|October 31, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|2||18:58||BSU||Kelly, Rachael (Bilic, Ivana )|
|3||12:20||BSU||Miller, Lauren (Joyce, Alexis )|
|3||18:42||MINN||Dani Cameranesi (Rachel Ramsey , Lee Stecklein)|
|Shots on Goal||21||49|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Ridder Arena) — The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team came within 78 seconds of knocking off No. 1 University of Minnesota, but the Golden Gophers managed to tie the game, 2-2, with an extra attacker to force an overtime period. Following a scoreless overtime period, the Beavers won the shootout over the Golden Gophers, 2-1 to gain its first points of the season. With the shootout victory, BSU improves to 4-4-1-1 overall, 0-4-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play, while Minnesota moves to 7-0-2-0 overall and 5-0-2 WCHA.
Following a scoreless first stanza, the two teams both lit the lamp once in the second. Minnesota’s Kelly Pannek scored her first goal of the season at the 12:35 mark to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. BSU answered with a goal of its own at the 18:58 mark with a goal by Kelly to tie the game 1-1. Ivana Bilic tallied her fifth assist of the season on Kelly’s goal.
The two teams remained tied 1-1 until 12:20 into the third when Miller scored her first goal of the season to give BSU its first lead. Minnesota peppered Mowat with 25 shots in the period and was forced to bring on an extra attacker in order to try and tie the game. The risk paid off at the 18:42 mark when the nation’s leading scorer Hannah Brandt netted her tenth goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.
Neither team was able to win the game in the five-minute overtime period so the team’s would move into a shootout to decide a winner. The first three skaters came up empty before Minnesota’s Brandt struck again to get the Golden Gophers on the board. Bilic answered immediately to tie the shootout at one. Following another missed shot by Minnesota, Stephanie Anderson, who played for Minnesota 2011-12, scored what proved to be the winning goal as Mowat stopped the next chance to give BSU its first conference points of the season.
Notes on Bemidji State
- The shootout victory was not only the first of the season for BSU, but it is also the first ever against Minnesota in three prior chances.
- Bemidji State took points from the Golden Gophers for the first time since Jan. 21, 2012 when they lost to Minnesota in a shootout following a 3-3 tie.
- The points are the first for new head coach Jim Scanlan as BSU’s bench boss.
- The shootout victory was the first since Feb. 21, 2014 when it knocked off St. Cloud State University to gain extra points.
Next up: Bemidji State will look to take points from Minnesota in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 in the series finale tomorrow, which is slated for a 4:07 p.m. puck drop from Ridder Arena.
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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).