BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team begins the 2017 postseason this weekend by traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to face No. 4 University of Minnesota. The seventh-seeded Beavers (11-18-3, 7-18-3 WCHA) take on the second-seeded Gophers (23-5-5, 19-4-5 WCHA) in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for a best-of-three series.
The Beavers and Gophers kick-off the series with game one Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:07 p.m. The two teams will then play game two Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4:07 p.m., followed by game three Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4:07 p.m., if necessary. All games in the series will be hosted by the Gophers at Ridder Arena.
Bemidji State is 7-67-7 all-time against Minnesota and went 1-3-0 against the Gophers during the regular season. The Beavers earned a split against UM in their first meeting at Sanford Center. BSU fell in game one of the series 3-1, but rebounded with a 2-0 shutout in game two. In their series at Minnesota, the Beavers were swept Nov. 26-27. Bemidji State was shutout in game one 4-0 and fell in game two 4-1.
The Beavers and Gophers have met in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs eight times throughout the series history and are 1-7 in playoff meetings. BSU and Minnesota’s most recent meeting during postseason play came March 7, 2015 where the Beavers beat the top-seeded Gophers 1-0 to advance to the WCHA Final Face-off Championship.
Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 3-9-1 in his career versus Minnesota including a 1-0 mark in the postseason. Minnesota’s head coach Brad Frost is 35-4-4 against the Beavers. Senior Madison Hutchinson leads the Beavers with three points (1g-2a) against the Gophers this season and has tallied five points (1g-4a) in her career against Minnesota, leading the team. Goaltender Brittni Mowat has a 2.75 goals against average and .931 save percentage against the Gophers this season and is 1-3-0. In her career, she has compiled 3-13-1 record against Minnesota with a 2.96 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
A Look At The Gophers
The Gophers are second and third in the WCHA in scoring offense (3.39) and scoring defense (1.76), respectively. Minnesota’s power play is best in the conference and second in the nation after converting on .255 percent (24-of-94) of its chances. The Gophers’ penalty kill is third in the league and fifth in Division I with a .902 kill percentage (83-of-92).
Minnesota is led by the nation’s scoring leader and junior Kelly Pannek. Pannek has amassed 57 points (17g-40a) this season leading all of Division I. Sophomore Sarah Potomak follows with 46 points (17g-29a) while senior Dani Cameranesi leads the team with 18 goals (18g-14a=42). Junior Sidney Peters leads the Gophers’ net-minders and has a 22-5-4 record this season. Peters is second in the league with a 1.65 goals against average but seventh in save percentage (.916).
Bergland Earns First Career WCHA Weekly Award
Bemidji State sophomore Emily Bergland was tabbed the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Tuesday for her efforts in a series split with Minnesota State. Bergland led the WCHA with four points (3g-1a) over the weekend and excelled on special teams scoring a power-play goal and short-handed goal against the Mavericks. Bergland joins Alexis Joyce, Abby Halluska, Haley Mack and Brittni Mowat as members of the Beaver squad to earn WCHA weekly accolades this season.
Bemidji State Notes
- Bemidji State finished the regular season last weekend by hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers and Mavericks split their series after the Beavers took game one 6-1 and the Mavericks stole game two 3-1. The Beavers were led by sophomore Emily Bergland who tallied four points (3g-1a) in the series.
- Bergland led the WCHA in points over the weekend and tied for the league lead in goals. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native tallied a power-play goal, short-handed goal and the game-winning goal in Friday’s 6-1 win.
- Bergland leads the team in scoring with 25 points (16g-9a) and is tied for 13th in the league in points. She has scored 16 goals this season, tied for eighth in the WCHA, and is the most goals scored in a single season since Emily Erickson scored 17 in 2011-12.
- Bergland has tallied five of her goals this season on the power play, second most in the conference. She is fourth in the WCHA with 10 (5g-5a) power play points this season.
- Bergland has reached the scoresheet in four-straight games and has six points (4g-2a) in her last four games.
- Junior Alexis Joyce leads the Beavers with an active five-game point streak. She has six points (2g-4a) over the last five games.
- Joyce is second on the team in scoring with 20 points (4g-16a) and paces the Beavers blueline. She is tied for third in the league in scoring by a defenseman, two-points behind league leader Lee Stecklein from Minnesota.
- Joyce is fourth in points by a defenseman at Bemidji State with 58 career points. She is followed by Madison Hutchinson in fifth with 52 career points.
- Senior goaltender Brittni Mowat moved to the top of another BSU goaltending record this past weekend. She made 39 saves against Minnesota State and now has 3,522 career saves. She surpasses BSU great Zuzana Tomcikova who tallied 3,518 saves during her career with the Beavers.
- Mowat now owns career records in six statistical categories. The Glenboro, Manitoba native is the career leader in games played (131), minutes (7718:31), wins (61), GAA (2.04), save percentage (.931) and saves (3,522).
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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).