|February 27, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||18:46||BSU||Wivoda, Whitney (Huber, Kristin , Hutchinson, Madison)|
|2||06:16||BSU||Anderson, Stephanie (Bilic, Ivana )|
|2||16:39||UMD||Brienna Gillanders (Michelle Lowenhielm , Michela Cava)|
|3||08:52||BSU||Anderson, Stephanie (Citrowske, Alex , Bilic, Ivana)|
|3||13:58||UMD||Zoe Hickel (Brigette Lacquette , Sidney Morin)|
|Shots on Goal||22||37|
DULUTH, Minn. (Amsoil Arena) — Backstopped by a 35-save performance by goaltender Brittni Mowat, the No. 5-seeded Bemidji State University women’s hockey team used a pair of goals from Stephanie Anderson and another from Whitney Wivoda to knock off No. 4-seeded University of Minnesota Duluth, 3-2 Friday afternoon. With the win, the Beavers improve to 19-13-1 this season and are one win away from its second-ever trip to the WCHA Final Faceoff.
Despite being outshot 11-8 in the opening period, the Beavers scored first when Wivoda scored her fifth of the season with 1:14 remaining in the stanza. The goal was Wivoda’s third of the season against the Bulldogs in five games.
The Beavers extended their lead to 2-0 when Anderson scored her 12th of the season at the 6:16 mark of the second period. Following the goal by Anderson, UMD ramped up the offensive pressure on BSU with 13 shots on goal in the second. Mowat stopped 12 of the Bulldogs’ shots as Brienna Gillanders took advantage of a cluster in front of the net to cut BSU’s lead in half, 2-1.
Bemidji State tacked on another marker at the 8:52 mark of the third period as Anderson beat UMD’s goaltender Kayla Black for the second time in the contest.
After Anderson’s second goal, UMD continued to pepper Mowat with shots to try and close the gap. The Bulldogs finally got one past BSU’s net minder as Zoe Hickel deflected a Brigette Lacquette slap shot from the blue line to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Following Hickel’s goal, the Bulldogs continued to pressure the Beavers but they could not get one past Mowat. UMD pulled its goaltender Kayla Black with 1:52 remaining but Mowat’s 12 saves and 10 blocked shots by her teammates in the final period preserved the 3-2 lead and the victory for Bemidji State.
Notes on Bemidji State
- This was the first playoff victory for the Beavers since Feb. 26, 2011 against North Dakota. It is also the first victory by BSU in the first game of a postseason series in program history.
- Whitney Wivoda’s first period goal was not only her third in five games against UMD this season but it also was her third point (2g, 1a) in her last two postseason games. Wivoda tallied a goal and an assist against UND in BSU’s final game last season (March 1, 2014).
- Stephanie Anderson’s two-goal performance set a new career-high for the junior from North St. Paul, Minn. Anderson, who has five multi-point games this season, has saved her best performances against the Bulldogs as she has four goals and two assists in five games against UMD this season.
- Defenseman Ivana Bilic tallied a pair of assists against the Bulldogs, her fifth multi-assist game of her career. Bilic has 23 points (5g, 18a) this season, which is the fifth-most points by a blue liner in a single season in program history.
- With the win, the Beavers improve to 7-61-2 all-time against Minnesota Duluth. Three of the seven victories have come this season.
Next up: The series continues tomorrow as BSU (19-15-1; 13-12-1 WCHA) looks to stamp its second ever birth into the WCHA Final Faceoff, which takes place March 7-8 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1:07 p.m. and if needed, 2:07 p.m. Sunday from Amsoil 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).