BEMIDJI, Minn. – After opening the season with a series split versus Lindenwood University, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team continues non-conference play at home by hosting Providence College at Sanford Center. The Beavers (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) host the Friars (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) for a two-game series Friday and Saturday beginning with game one Friday at 3:07 p.m., and followed by game two Saturday at 2:07 p.m.
The Beavers and Friars meet for just the seventh and eighth meetings in the two program’s histories in a series that dates back to 2011. Providence holds the all-time series record at 3-2-1 after winning three consecutive games including a series sweep of the Beavers last season in Providence, R.I. The Beavers were outscored 8-4 in the series and were led by Abby Halluska who totaled a goal and assist. Of the six total games played, only two have been played in Bemidji where the Beavers are 1-0-1. Six-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 0-2-0 coaching against the Lions while second-year head coach Matt Kelly is 2-0-0.
A Look At The Friars
The Friars enter their second week of action after opening the season last weekend against Quinnipiac University. The Friars fell in game one versus the Bobcats by a score of 2-1 but rebounded with a 3-2 victory in game two to earn the series split. Freshman Bailey Burton led the Friars with two goals in the series while Whitney Dove and Meaghan Rickard each recorded two assists. Junior Maureen Murphy, who scored three goals against the Beavers in last season’s series, also scored a goal against the Bobcats.
Providence’s special teams were lacking in its season opening and came up empty on all four of its power-play chances while its penalty kill allowed two power-play goals in five chances (.600). The Friars averaged 2.00 goals per game to open the season which is tied for seventh in the Hockey East conference while their defense also allows 2.00 goals per game, also ranked seventh.
Seven Friars recorded a point in their season opening series with Burton, Dove and Rickard leading the way with two points. Besides Burton and Murphy, junior Annelise Rice was the only other Friar to score a goal while senior Neve Van Pelt and sophomore Sara Hjalmarsson each tallied one assist. Hjalmarsson led the Friars with eight shots on goal while Murphy followed with seven. Murphy is Providence’s active leading goal scorer and has scored 42 career goals and posted 30 career assists for 72 points. Providence started only one goaltender last weekend in senior Clare Minnerath, a Sartell, Minn., native. Minnerath went 1-1-0 and allowed four goals on 46 shots (.913) and earned a 2.02 goals against average. She has a career record of 4-3-0 and career marks of 2.59 goals against average and .895 save percentage.
A Look at the Beavers
Bemidji State prepares for its second week of action after opening the season with a series split versus Lindenwood. The Beavers fell to the Lions 3-2 in game one after Lindenwood scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes. BSU then responded with a 1-0 shutout in game two to earn the split where junior Lydia Passolt scored the game-winning, power-play goal with 4:06 left to play. Passolt finished the series with two goals after scoring the Beavers’ first goal of the season in game one while Tina Kampa followed with two assists.
Bemidji State’s special teams excelled during the series and went 2-for-6 on the power play while its penalty kill stopped all four of the Lions’ chances. The Beavers averaged 1.50 goals per game in the season opening series, the lowest in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association but its defense held opponents to just 1.50 goals per game with is third in the league.
Six Beavers recorded a point in their series with Lindenwood while Passolt and senior Kiki Radke were the lone goal scorers. Senior Heather Olson, junior Mak Langei and junior Clair DeGeorge all tallied an assist. Passolt led the team with 10 shots on goal while junior Paige Beebe followed with nine. Junior Kerigan Dowhy earned the lone victory in net after earning her second career shutout with a 13-save performance while redshirt junior Lauren Bench earned the loss after allowing three goals on 16 shots in game one.
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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).