BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team kicks off its Thanksgiving break by traveling to St. Cloud State University for a non-conference tilt Wednesday, Nov. 22. The Beavers (5-8-2, 3-6-1 WCHA) and Huskies (2-12-0, 1-9-0 WCHA) will take a break from Western Collegiate Hockey Association for one game the day before Thanksgiving.
The Huskies promote the event as “Pack the HBNHC” with admission just $1 for all fans. SCSU will also be holding a food drive that night with all donations benefiting the local food shelf Catholic Charities.
The Beavers and Huskies will meet for the 83rd meeting in the two program’s history. Bemidji State owns the series record at 39-34-9 and swept the last series on Nov. 10-11 earlier this season. Senior Erin Deters posted back-to-back shutouts in the series earning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Senior Alexis Joyce leads active skaters with nine points (2g-7a) in 14 games against the Huskies Junior Emily Bergland (5g-1a) and sophomore Haley Mack (0g-6a) follow with six points each. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 10-3-1 against St. Cloud State and 60-56-9 in his four-year career.
A Look At The Huskies
The Huskies prepare to host the Beavers tied for last in the WCHA with three points (1-9-0) and on a seven-game losing skid. The Huskies were swept in their series at No. 6 University of Minnesota Nov. 17-18 falling 3-0 and 4-3 in the series. The Huskies were led by Alyssa Erickson, Laura Kluge and Emma Bigham who each had goals in game two.
The Huskies have struggled to score so far this season ranking last in the league by averaging just 1.07 goals per game and have been shutout in eight games. Their defense has had a tough time as well allowing 3.14 goals per game, sixth in the WCHA. St. Cloud State is also struggling on its power play, scoring on just one power play this season (1-29, .034), last in the conference.
St. Cloud State is led on offense by freshman forward Laura Kluge who has tallied seven points (3g-4a) in 12 games. However, junior forward Julia Tylke is close behind after scoring five goals (5g-1a) and has six points. The Huskies have split time in net between sophomore Janine Alder and freshman Emma Polusny. Alder leads the team with nine starts while Polusny has started in five games. Alder has posted a 1-8-0 record with 2.66 goals against average and .924 save percentage while Polusny is 1-4-0 with 3.25 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hosted No. 5 Ohio State University last weekend going 0-1-1 against the Buckeyes and earning a shootout win.
- The Beavers and Buckeyes skated to 3-3 tie at the end of overtime in game one and BSU defeated OSU, 1-0, in the shootout for two points in league play.
- Senior goaltender Erin Deters stopped a season-high 40 shots and denied all six shooters for OSU in the shootout.
- BSU followed by scoring four goals in game two but were upended 5-4, Saturday night.
- Freshman Mak Langei led the Beavers in scoring during the series posting three points (1g-2a) including two assists in game one.
- Sylvia Marolt, Emma Terres, Haley Mack, Clair DeGeorge, Reilly Fawcett, Alexis Joyce and Bailey Wright each tallied two points.
- Junior Sylvia Marolt led the Beavers by scoring the first two goals of her career this past weekend.
- Marolt went 41 games before scoring her first collegiate goal Friday night. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native followed by scoring her second career goal just one day later.
- After a slow start to the season, the Beavers have found their stride in November posting a 3-1-1 (.700) record in the first three weekends for the fourth best record in the WCHA.
- The Beavers have averaged 3.20 goals per game during the month and have held opponents to 2.00 goals per game.
- BSU’s power play has also excelled during November going 3-for-13, tied for a league-high .231 percentage. Their penalty kill has been just as good, allowing just one goal in 14 chances.
- Senior Emma Terres has led the Beavers over the month posting three goals and three assists to tie for fourth in the WCHA.
- Terres and freshman Clair DeGeorge are tied for the team lead with 11 points on the season and are tied for 18th in the league.
- The Beavers special teams units have been dominant and are +4 (3rd in WCHA) through the team’s first 15 games.
- BSU ranks third in the league while on the power play with a .178 percentage (8-of-45) while its penalty kill is second at .872 percent (34-of-39).
- Bemidji State will be on the road before Thanksgiving to face St. Cloud State for a non-conference bout, Wednesday.
- The Beavers swept the Huskies in their series Nov. 10-11.
- BSU and SCSU are scheduled to face-off at 6:07 p.m. from the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
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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).