|November 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||11:52||MINN||Taylor Williamson (Catie Skaja )|
|3||05:06||MINN||Grace Zumwinkle (Emily Brown )|
|Shots on Goal||26||27|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Jacqueline Kaasa scored a breakaway goal in the second period to tie No. 2 University of Minnesota, 1-1, but a third period goal by the Gophers downed the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team 2-1 in the series finale Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Beavers (0-9-1, 0-5-1-0 WCHA) fall to 0-9-1 on the season and 0-5-1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
Minnesota opened the scoring with a goal from Taylor Williamson at 11:52 of the opening period but Bemidji State clawed its way back and scored the game-tying goal at 7:26 of the second period when Kaasa stole the puck at the blueline and broke away from the Gophers’ defense knot the game at one for her first goal of the season.
The Beavers carried that momentum into the third period and dominated play in their offensive zone by outshooting the Gophers 11-8 in the period. However, the Gophers would be the lone team to break the tie and at 5:06 Grace Zumwinkle blasted a host past Kerigan Dowhy while on the power play to give them the lead.
Bemidji State came close to scoring the game-tying goal on numerous chances including a shot from Paige Beebe that hit the post but Minnesota goaltender Alex Gulstene and the Gopher defense didn’t budge to earn the 2-1 victory and series sweep.
The Beavers outshot the Gophers in total shots at 53-39 but had 15 shots blocked by the Minnesota defense to help the Gophers lead in shots on goal at 27-26. The difference maker was special teams with BSU earning four power plays in the game compared to just two for Minnesota. However, the Beavers came up empty on all four chances while the Gophers scored the game-winning goal on one of their two chances.
Sophomore Kerigan Dowhy started the game in net for the Beavers and stopped 25-of-27 shots but was bested by Gulstene who stopped 25-of-26 shots to earn the win.
The Beavers return home next weekend and host Ohio State University for a two-game series at Sanford Center. Puck drop for both games in the series are scheduled for 3:07 p.m., Nov. 9-10.
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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).