BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 7 Bemidji State women’s hockey team will look to rebound this weekend in St. Cloud, Minn. as the Beavers take on St. Cloud State University, Feb. 5-6. The Beavers begin just their second road trip of the new year and will see the Huskies for the second time this season after earning a sweep at the Sanford Center, Oct. 30-31. Puck drop for game one will be at 7:07 p.m., Feb. 5 and game two will begin at 3:07 p.m., Feb. 6.
Bemidji State falls to No. 3 Minnesota
Bemidji State will look to rebound this weekend after falling to No. 3 Minnesota in two games this past weekend. The No. 3 Gophers swept the Beavers in all four games this season after defeating BSU, 2-1 Friday and 2-1 in overtime Saturday.
Bemidji State and Minnesota fought a heavily defense battle Friday, Jan. 29 in which most of the game was deadlocked at 1-1. Minnesota scored first from Sydney Baldwin at 10:24, but the Beavers responded soon after from a goal by Ciscely Nelson at 15:55. Two of the nation’s top goaltenders in Brittni Mowat and Amanda Leveille then took over the game and combined for 30 saves over the next two periods. However, Leveille would be the only goalie to remain perfect in the game when Cara Piazza scored the game-winning, power-play goal 49 seconds into the third period. Mowat finished the night stopping 25-of-27 shots by the Gophers while Leveille stopped 16-of-17.
The Beavers responded the next game by opening with one of their best periods of the regular season. Bemidji State dictated play in its own end, which led to the game’s first goal by Lauren Miller, 10:05 of the opening period. After stopping 14 shots in the first, Mowat followed by stopping all 15 in the second and entered the final period with a 1-0 lead. However, a costly penalty by the Beavers gave the nation’s top power-play unit an opportunity to tie the game late in the third. The Gophers took advantage and Dani Cameranesi tied the game with 6:39 remaining. Both goalies ended the third period not allowing another goal and would need an extra period to declare a winner. The Gophers acted quickly in overtime and completed their comeback when Lee Stecklein netted the overtime-winner, 47 seconds into the period. Mowat finished the night by tying a season high of 42 saves on 44 shots.
Beavers Can Clinch Home Ice
The Beavers will head to St. Cloud State this weekend in hopes of clinching a spot to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for the first time in program history. Bemidji State currently stands in fourth with 37 points and lead fifth place St. Cloud State by 10 points. If the Beavers sweep the Huskies and earn six points, BSU will clinch either the third or fourth seeding the WCHA Playoffs. The top four teams in the regular season standings host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. The highest seeding the Beavers have earned in the tournament was No. 5 in 2015.
Beavers in the record books
With the 2015-16 season unwinding, many student-athletes are starting to appear in the record books at Bemidji State. Below are some noteworthy Beavers in contention for career records and single season records while at BSU.
- Brittni Mowat becomes the career wins leader at BSU with 42 on Dec. 6 with a 1-0 shutout of North Dakota.
- Kaitlyn Tougas is 10th in career points at BSU with 82, T-10th with 32 career goals and 10th with 50 career assists.
- Stephanie Anderson is T-2nd with 7 career game-winning goals; Kristin Huber is T-6th with 6.
- Ivana Bilic is 3rd all-time for points by a defenseman with 52, Madison Hutchinson follows in 6th with 35 and Alexis Joyce is 7th with 32.
- Whitney Wivoda is T-8th with 143 career games played at BSU and is four shy of owning the record.
- Hanna Moher extended her consecutive games played streak to 111, 11th most in school history.
- Brittni Mowat has 15 career shutouts, 2nd most in program history behind Zuzana Tomcikova with 18.
- Brittni Mowat has 17 wins this season, 3 shy of breaking her own record of 19 last season.
- The Beavers have tied a school record with 9 wins at home this season
The Beavers and Huskies met earlier this season on Oct. 30 and 31. Bemidji State swept St. Cloud State in two games and limited the Huskies to just two goals in the series. Bemidji State opened the series with a 3-1 win in which Stephanie Anderson led BSU with two goals. The Beavers then followed with another 3-1 win in a game that saw Emily Bergland, Ciscely Nelson, and Ivana Bilic all score for BSU. Ivana Bilic led the Beavers with three points (1g-2a) in the series while Kaitlyn Tougas, Madison Hutchinson and Alexis Joyce each had two assists.
A Look At The Huskies
The Huskies will look to defend their home ice this weekend and bring with them a 11-13-3 (7-12-3 WCHA) record. SCSU is in 5th in the WCHA standings with 27 points and hope to gain position on fourth place, Bemidji State.
As a team, St. Cloud State is near the bottom of the conference in offensive production and average only 1.89 goals per game, ranking them seventh in the WCHA. The Huskies defense is also towards the bottom of the league and rank sixth at 3.26 goals per game. Molly Illikainen leads St. Cloud State with 26 points (14g-12a) this season, while Julia Tylke follows with 18 (8g-10a). Katie Fitzgerald has posted a 10-13-3 record to lead SCSU and has a GAA of 2.94 and save percentage of .908.
Bemidji State and the Huskies have split the all-time series against each other but the Beavers edge the series with a 32-31-8 record. The Beavers are currently on a four game winning streak against SCSU that began Feb. 6, 2015. Seniors Kaitlyn Tougas and Ivana Bilic each have the most career points among active players against SCSU with eight points while Stephanie Anderson is the leading goal scorer having tallied five goals against the Huskies in her career.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).