BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team will close out an eight-game road swing Jan. 24-25 when it travels to play University of North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series. Bemidji State swept North Dakota earlier this season in Bemidji, Minn. by scores of 4-1 and 2-1.
About the Beavers
The Beavers are 3-3-0 so far in 2015, but two of the three victories have been against nationally-ranked foes in University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Wisconsin. BSU has one of the stingiest defenses in the country as it ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (1.58), third on the penalty kill (.922) and second in blocked shots (442).
Juniors Kaitlyn Tougas, Ivana Bilic and Stephanie Anderson have led the Beavers’ offense this season. Tougas paces the team in points (7g-12a=19 pts.) while Bilic leads BSU’s offense from the blueline with 17 points (5g-12a) and Anderson is the squad’s leading goal scorer with eight this season.
Brittni Mowat has been the main goaltender for the Beavers this season and has a record of 12-7-1 with an 1.45 goals against average and .953 save percentage. Mowat’s 12 victories are one shy of tying the program record for the most victories by a goaltender in a single season, which was set in 2011-12 by Zuzana Tomcikova.
About North Dakota
North Dakota (12-10-2 overall, 8-8-2 WCHA) currently sits sixth in the WCHA standings with 27 points. UND is coming off a pair of 1-0 wins over the Ohio State University last weekend.
Becca Kohler (8g, 13a) and Meghan Dufault (7g, 14a) lead UND’s offense, while Shelby Amsley-Benzie has been UND’s main goaltender with a mark of 8-5-2, an 1.45 goals against average and .945 save percentage. Amsley-Benzie is the reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after posting two shutouts against OSU last weekend.
Last Time Out
Bemidji State split a road series against No. 3 University of Wisconsin last weekend. The Beavers took the series opener 2-1 before falling in the finale, 2-1 in overtime. With the split, the Beavers move to 5-56-3 all-time against the Badgers and 2-3-1 all-time at LaBahn Arena since its opening in 2012.
High Profile wins
Friday’s 2-1 victory was the sixth of the season for Bemidji State over a team ranked in one or both of the national polls, which sets a new program record.
Three More Wins
The victory was also the fourteenth of the season for the Beavers, which is the third-most by a team in program history with the 2010-11 squad. Only the 1999-00 (15 victories) and 2011-12 (17 victories) teams have more victories than this year’s team.
Bemidji State’s penalty-killing unit continues to be one of the best in the nation as the Beavers snuffed out all 11 power-play chances by the Badgers. BSU, which ranks third nationally in penalty-killing percentage (.922), has not allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 19 against Ohio State.
Stephanie Stepping Up
Junior Stephanie Anderson netted her team-leading eighth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Wisconsin. Anderson has scored a goal in three of the last four games.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman Emma Terres was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week this week after scoring her first career goal last weekend. It was not only the first goal for Terres, but it also proved to be the game-winning goal. After not scoring a point in her first 19 games, Terres has tallied three points (1g, 2a) in her last five contests.
Grenier Generates A New Career-High
Kristine Grenier tallied her thirteenth point with an assist Friday, which establishes a new career-high in points. Grenier is tied for third on the team with those 13 points (2g, 11a).
Both of BSU’s goaltenders had stellar weekends as Brittni Mowat and Erin Deters each had save percentages above of .960 in their starts. Mowat, who improved to 12-7-1 with the victory Friday, stopped 40 of 41 shots, while Deters stopped 61 Wisconsin shots in the series finale. The 61-save performance was the second-most saves by a BSU goaltender in a single game in program history.
Stat To Keep In Mind
When the Beavers have a lead at the end of the first and second periods they are 9-0-0 and 12-0-0, respectively. Also when BSU scores the first goal of the game it is 9-2-0 compared to 5-9-2 when it does not.
Series History vs. North Dakota
The Beavers have an all-time mark of 20-33-4 against UND with a 9-20-2 mark in Grand Forks, N.D.
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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).