|February 28, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|3||07:31||UMD||Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Jenna McParland )|
|Shots on Goal||29||28|
DULUTH, Minn. (Amsoil Arena) — University Minnesota Duluth sophomore Ashleigh Brykaliuk netted a pair of goals to help propel the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory over the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team, 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. With the win, the Bulldogs force a third and deciding game in its WCHA first round playoff series with the Beavers.
The first period was identical for both the Beavers and Bulldogs as each team had seven shots on goal, no power-play chances and two blocked shots. Goaltenders Brittni Mowat and Kayla Black stopped all 14 shots they faced in the opening stanza as the two teams went into the first intermission scoreless.
BSU and UMD started to get some more offensive chances in the second period, which was due in large part because of a pair of four-on-four opportunities. Despite more ice to work with, neither team could light the lamp and the score remained 0-0 going into the third period.
The third period was eventful to say the least. Minnesota Duluth got the fireworks started with a goal by Brykaliuk at the 7:31 mark of the third period. Following Brykaliuk’s goal, UMD looked like it inadvertently gave Bemidji State a golden opportunity to at least tie the game as defenseman Brienna Gillanders was called for a five-minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct at 11:20 to put the Bulldogs down a player for five minutes. On the same play, however, BSU’s Kristin Huber was also called for slashing so the two teams would skate four-on-four for the next two minutes.
Minnesota Duluth was called for another infraction 1:10 into the four-on-four so the Beavers had a four-on-three power-play for 50 seconds and then had a five-on-three and five-on four chance for 1:10 and 3:50, respectively.
Despite the extended power-play chances for Bemidji State, it could not get one past UMD goaltender Kayla Black and had to resort to pulling Mowat with 1:25 remaining in the third. Unfortunately for BSU, UMD added to its lead as Brykaliuk was awarded an empty-net goal as time expired because BSU’s Lauren Miller committed a hooking penalty that prevented Brykaliuk from shooting the puck at the empty net.
Notes on Bemidji State
- Stephanie Anderson led the Beavers with six shots on goal Saturday. Anderson, who leads BSU with 135 shots on goal, has nine games this season where she has had six or more shots on goal.
- Bemidji State outshot the Bulldogs today 31-28. It is the first loss for the Beavers when outshooting their opponents since Jan. 2, 2015 vs. Lindenwood University.
- With the loss, the Beavers dip to 7-62-2 all-time against Minnesota Duluth. BSU is 3-3-0 against UMD this season.
- Tomorrow will be the third game three in program history for Bemidji State. BSU is 1-1 in game threes with the last coming following the 2010-11 in the first round series against North Dakota at Purpur Arena.
Next up: The two teams will resume their series tomorrow afternoon in the series finale at 2:07 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a spot in the 2015 WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. If the Beavers win, it will be their second ever trip to the Final Faceoff. The first was after the 2009-10 season.
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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).