BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team takes a break from Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this week but will face league opponent St. Cloud State University in part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic in Brainerd, Minn. The two teams are set to battle at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd with puck drop slated for 6:07 p.m.
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Face-Off Classic
Game proceeds of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Face-off Classic will go to Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen (www.sharingbread.com) in Brainerd. This organization helps families in need by serving hot meals seven days a week. Along with bringing women’s NCAA Division I hockey to a local community and raising funds for a worth charity, this game creates awareness for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth, Minn. There are many exciting game-day activities planned including a ceremonial puck drop, music, youth games between periods, special post-game awards ceremony, presentations and player autographs. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The Beavers and Huskies meet for the 86th and 87th meetings in the all-time series dating back to 1999. Bemidji State owns the all-time series with a 39-37-9 record but are 0-1-0 against the Huskies at neutral sites. The Huskies are currently on a three-game winning streak against the Beavers with BSU’s last win coming Nov. 11, 2017 in a 3-0 win in St. Cloud. Bemidji State and St. Cloud State last met during the regular season a year ago with the Huskies earning a sweep by scores of 4-0 and 4-1 in Bemidji. Bemidji State went 2-3-0 during the regular season against SCSU in 2017-18. Senior Emily Bergland and junior Haley Mack lead all active skaters with six career points each against the Huskies. Bergland has totaled six points (5g-1a) in 13 games while Mack has six points (0g-6a) in nine games. Junior Kiki Radke has added four points (2g-2a) in eight games. Five-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 10-6-1 coaching against the Huskies
A Look At The Huskies
St. Cloud State enters the weekend’s action last in the WCHA standings with 6 points, one point behind the Beavers, and sport a 2-8-0-0 league record. The Huskies are 4-11-1 overall. SCSU had a home-and-home series with No. 2 University of Minnesota and fell to the Gophers in both games by scores of 3-4 and 2-7. The Huskies were led by junior Brooke Kudirka (2g-0a) and freshman Jenniina Nylund (1g-1a) who each tallied two points in the series.
The Huskies come into the weekend averaging 2.25 goals per game and are tied for fourth in the league with that mark. They allow 3.12 goals per game which is near the bottom of the league at sixth. St. Cloud State is one of the least penalized teams in the league and are sixth by averaging just 6.4 penalty minutes per game. The Huskies’ power play has scored on 5-of-36 chances this season to rank fourth in the league with a .139 percentage. SCSU’s penalty kill is last in the WCHA at .761 percent and have killed off just 35-of-46 chances.
St. Cloud State is led by senior Julia Tylke this season. Tylke paces the Huskies’ offense with 15 points (6g-9a) in 16 games and is tied for fourth in the league with that tally. She is joined by one of the leagues’ leading rookie scorers in Jenniina Nylund who has totaled 13 points (4g-9a) in 14 games. Joining the duo is Hannah Potrykus and Hallie Theodosopoulos who have totaled 11 points (7g-4a) and 10 points (7g-3a), respectively. In net, the Huskies have split time between junior Janine Alder and sophomore Emma Polusny. Alder leads the team with nine games played but the Huskies are 1-7-1 when she starts while Polusny follows with seven games played and is 3-4-0. Alder has compiled a 2.51 goals against average and. 932 save percentage to lead the team while Polusny has a 3.70 goals against average and .915 save percentage.
A Look at the Beavers
Bemidji State begins the Tuesday’s action after traveling to top-ranked University of Wisconsin and were swept by the Badgers. BSU was outscored 8-0 in the series but sophomore goaltender posted career numbers after stopping 80-of-88 shots by Wisconsin. Dowhy began the series with a career-high 43 saves in game one and then followed with 37 saves the next day. The Beavers travel to Brainerd with a 2-11-1 record and are sixth in the league standings with seven points and a 2-7-1-0 league record.
The Beavers are struggling scoring and average a league-low 1.43 goals per game. They also struggle to stop opponents from scoring and average a league worst 3.50 goals allowed per game. Bemidji State has had one of the toughest schedules to start a season in Division I with the fourth ranked strength of schedule. BSU’s special teams have had better success and rank sixth and fourth on the power play and penalty kill, respectively. The Beavers have scored four power-play goals in 38 chances for a .105 percentage while their penalty kill has stopped 32-of-37 chances, including five-for-five against UW, for a .865 percentage.
Bemidji State is led on offense by sophomore Clair DeGeorge and senior Emily Bergland. The pair have totaled six points each in 14 games while DeGeorge leads the Beavers’ scorers with four goals this season. Bergland has posted two goals and four assists while junior Briana Jorde leads the team in assists with five. Sophomore Paige Beebe and junior Abby Halluska have each added five points this season to tie with Jorde for second on the team while junior Jacqueline Kaasa has four points (2g-2a). In the crease, the Beavers have split time between sophomores Lauren Bench and Kerigan Dowhy. Dowhy leads the team with a 2-6-0 record and has made five consecutive starts. Dowhy has posted a 3.36 goals against average and .897 save percentage while Bench is 0-5-1 and sports a 3.16 goals against average and .883 save percentage.
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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).