|February 24, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||13:48||MINN||Katie Robinson (Cara Piazza , Lindsay Agnew)|
|2||14:36||MINN||Patti Marshall (Kelly Pannek , Sydney Baldwin)|
|3||06:11||MINN||Lee Stecklein (Sarah Potomak , Megan Wolfe)|
|3||07:29||BSU||Mack, Haley (Esse, Carley , Wright, Bailey)|
|Shots on Goal||8||35|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team fell to No. 4 University of Minnesota 3-1 in game one of its best-of-three series to start the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The Beavers’ (11-19-3, 7-18-3-1 WCHA) lone goal in the game was scored by freshman Haley Mack to pull within two of the Gophers (24-5-5, 19-4-5-3 WCHA) with 13 minutes left to play.
Brittni Mowat made 32 saves to hold the Gophers’ offense but the Beavers were outshot in the game, 35-8. Mack tallied her fourth goal of the season while Carley Esse and Bailey Wright each tallied assists.
Minnesota started the scoring in the first period when Katie Robinson fired a shot from the point that found its way through traffic to beat Mowat at 13:48 of the first period. Mowat was able to turn aside 13-of-14 shots in the period and the Gophers led the shot chart 14-2 at the first intermission. Bemidji State had its scoring chances in the period however, with Lauren Miller and Abby Halluska each drawing iron.
The Gophers continued their momentum from the first period into the second, holding the Beavers two just two shots while playing mostly in their offensive zone. However, Mowat and the Beavers’ defense held strong through most of the period but another shot from the point, this time from Patti Marshall, found its way through traffic to beat Mowat for the 2-0 lead. Bemidji State was outshot during the second period, 8-2.
Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein made it 3-0 after tallying her fourth goal of the season 6:11 into the third period. However, the Beavers would respond quickly when Haley Mack fired a shot above the right circle that fooled Sidney Peters for BSU’s first goal of the game. For Mack, it was her fourth goal of the season to lead all BSU freshmen. The Beavers would pull Mowat out of net with 1:49 to play down two, but a BSU penalty with 54 seconds left to play put the Beavers down a skater. Minnesota would close out the remainder of the period to take the 3-1 victory in game one of the best-of-three series. The Gophers ended the game with a 35-8 shot advantage.
Mowat made 32-of-35 saves in the game including 13 in the final period but earned the loss falling to 10-18-3 this season. Peters made seven-of-eight saves to earn her 23rd victory of the season for a 23-5-4 record.
Bemidji State had one power-play opportunity and came up empty while the Gophers scored one power-play goal on three attempts.
Bemidji State will look to even the series tomorrow when they face Minnesota again at 4:07 p.m.
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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).