BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will look to continue its three-game winning streak over the holiday break by hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, Dec. 15-16. The Beavers (8-10-2, 4-7-1-1 WCHA) and Mavericks (3-14-1, 1-9-0-0 WCHA) play a two-game series at Sanford Center with both games slated to start at 3:07 p.m.
The Beavers and Mavericks will meet for the 74th and 75th meetings in the two program’s history’s with and first of 2017-18. The Beavers split their last series with the Mavericks, Feb. 17-18, 2017, by defeating MSU 6-1 in game one but fell 3-1 in game two. Senior Alexis Joyce leads all active skaters with 11 points (2g-9a) in 12 career games against the Mavericks while Emma Terres follows with six points (1g-5a) in 11 games. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 10-2-0 all-time against Minnesota State while third-year head coach John Harrington is 2-6-0 against the Beavers.
A Look At The Mavericks
The Mavericks travel to Bemidji, Minn., after snapping an eight-game losing streak by splitting their non-conference series with Lindenwood University. Minnesota State downed the Lions 5-4 in game one, but fell in game two 4-1. Senior forward Hannah Davidson led the Mavericks with two goals and an assist in the series while Jordan McLaughlin and Brittyn Fleming each had a goal and assist.
Minnesota State is tied for fifth in the league by averaging 2.00 goals per game but are last in the WCHA in goals against allowing 64 goals in 18 games (3.56/gm). The Mavericks average the third most penalty minutes per game in the conference at 7.1 per game and are last on the penalty kill with a .768 kill percentage (43-of-56). Their power play is sixth in the league, converting on six-of-56 chances for a .107 percentage.
The Mavericks are led on offense by freshman Brittyn Fleming who has posted 13 points (3g-10a) in 18 games this season. Junior Jordan McLaughlin follows with 12 points (6g-6a) and leads the team in goals while Corbin Boyd has tallied 10 points (3g-7a).
Bemidji State Notes
- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team earned its first home sweep of the season after defeating Rochester Institute of Technology in both games, Dec. 8-9.
- The Beavers opened the series with a 5-2 win in game one followed by a 3-1 victory in game two.
- Sophomore Haley Mack led the Beavers by posting five points (3g-2a) in the series, tying the WCHA lead.
- Mack was named the NCAA’s Third Star of the week and WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
- Senior defender Alexis Joyce tallied four points (3g-1a) in the series as well, and was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
- Mack and Joyce each posted three goals in the series and tied for the league’s top mark.
- Mack posted two power-play points (1g-1a) and scored her league leading second short-handed goal of the season.
- Joyce led all WCHA blueliners with four points over the weekend and scored her 20th career goal to move into second all-time among BSU defensemen.
- Freshman Mak Langei also posted three assists during the weekend while Emma Terres, Emily Bergland, Kiki Radke and Abby Halluska each had two points.
- Freshmen goaltenders Lauren Bench and Kerigan Dowhy each posted wins in the crease with Dowhy posting a career-high 32 saves Saturday and Bench stopping 19-of-21, Friday.
- Langei improved her career-best four-game point streak and has five points (0g-5a) in her last four games.
- Bergland follows with four points (2g-2a) in her last three games.
- The Beavers outshot the Tigers 100-54 in the series and recorded the second most shots on goal in program history with 60, Friday afternoon.
- Joyce scored her sixth career game-winning goal Saturday and is tied for seventh on BSU’s all-time list.
- Joyce has played in 130 consecutive games and Terres has played in 125 consecutive games, the eighth and tenth longest streaks in program history.
- The Beavers are fourth and fifth in the league in scoring offense and defense, respectively.
- Bemidji State owns the third best power play in the league, converting on .186 percent of its power plays (11-of-59).
- Bemidji State is 7-0-0 when leading after two periods and are 8-4-0 when scoring the first goal.
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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).