BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns to Sanford Center for the first time since Nov. 19 to host No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (9-12-1, 5-12-1 WCHA) host the second-ranked Bulldogs (15-4-3, 12-4-2-1 WCHA) a week after the Bulldogs swept then No. 2 University of Minnesota.
The Beavers and Bulldogs series this weekend will be the 81st and 82nd meeting between the two teams with Minnesota Duluth owning the series record at 65-12-3. The Beavers went 0-1-1 at Minnesota Duluth in their earlier meeting Oct. 21-22 with the Beavers falling in the shootout Saturday, Oct. 22. Emma Terres led the Beavers with two goals and three points in the series after totaling all three points on Saturday. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 8-6-1 in his career against the Bulldogs while UMD head coach Maura Crowell 3-4-1 against the Beavers.
A Look At The Bulldogs
Minnesota Duluth enters the weekend third in the WCHA standings with 39 points and are 15-4-3 overall (12-4-2-1 WCHA). The Bulldogs are coming off one of their best weekends of the season after sweeping then No. 2 Minnesota for the first time since 2010. The Bulldogs outscored the Gophers 8-5 in the series and senior Lara Stalder led UMD with six points (3g-3a)
Minnesota Duluth ranks third in the WCHA in scoring offense (3.14) and scoring defense (1.73) and also rank in the top 10 nationally in each category. The Bulldogs have the second-ranked power-play unit in the league and have converted on 13-of-78 (.167) chances. However, their penalty-kill hasn’t seen the same success and are last in the conference at .761 percent (51-of-67).
The Beavers will see a trio of some of the best seniors in the WCHA in Stalder, Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Katherine McGovern. Stalder paces the Bulldogs in scoring with 25 points (11g-14a) this season and is tied for fourth-most in the league. Brykaliuk follows with 19 points (7g-12a), eighth in the league while McGovern has totaled 18 points (9g-9a) for ninth. Sophomore Maddie Rooney has started all 22 games for the Bulldogs this season and has compiled a 15-4-3 record. She is third in the WCHA in goals against average (1.72) and save percentage (.938) and has three shutouts this season.
Bemidji State Notes
- Miller led the Beavers with two points (1g-1a) last weekend at Ohio State and helped the Beavers go 1-1-0 in Columbus. Emma Terres, Haley Mack and Lisa Laiti all tallied goals during the series while 10 different Beavers tallied a point.
- For Laiti, the sophomore scored her first career goal Saturday night. The Fairbanks, Alaska native has appeared in 40 career games before scoring her first collegiate marker and all six of her career points have come during the 2016-17 season.
- Brittni Mowat was excellent in net and allowed just three goals on 51 shots faced. She compiled a 1-1-0 record over the weekend and finished third in the WCHA for the week with a 1.51 goals against average and fourth in save percentage (.941).
- The Glenboro, Manitoba native has 17 career shutouts and trail BSU great Zuzanna Tomcikova by one for most all-time.
- Despite not registering a point against Ohio State, sophomore Emily Bergland continues to pace the Beavers in scoring with 13 points (7g-6a). She is tied for 27th in the WCHA.
- Senior Lauren Miller leads the Beavers with a four-game point streak. She has four points (2g-2a) in her last four games and five points in her last six.
- Miller’s game-winning goal against Ohio State Jan. 14 now puts her at five career game-winning goals, tied for eighth most in program history.
- With a goal against OSU, Jan. 14, Haley Mack now has five points in her last five games (2g-3a).
- Junior Emma Terres leads the team with three power-play goals after tallying one against Ohio State and is tied for fifth in the league. She has a total of five power-play points this season (3g-2a).
- With an assist against OSU Jan. 13, senior Madison Hutchinson continues to lead BSU blueliners in scoring. She has a total of 11 points (4g-7a) and is tied for eighth among defensemen in the WCHA.
- Three freshmen forwards for the Beavers have begun to find their strides this season. Haley Mack, Kiki Radke and Abby Halluska rank sixth, seventh and eighth in scoring for the Beavers this season.
- Mack leads the freshmen with 10 points (2g-8a) and is seventh in the conference among freshman scoring. Radke and Halluska have each totaled eight points this season and are tied for 10th.
- The Beavers’ power-play unit was able to score in both games against Ohio State going 2-for-8 over the weekend. Bemidji State has now scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games and are fourth in the WCHA with a .136 percentage (12-of-88).
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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).