BEMIDJI, Minn. – A week after upsetting the eighth-ranked team in the nation, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hopes to carry that momentum into Madison, Wis., for the Beavers (3-2-1, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) first road trip of the season at No. 1 University of Wisconsin. The Beavers and Badgers (8-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) face-off for a two-game, Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at LaBahn Arena slated to begin Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:07 p.m. Game two for the series will follow on Sunday, Oct. 27 again at 2:07 p.m.
The Beavers and Badgers meet for the 85th and 86th meetings in the two program’s histories in a series that began Nov. 13, 1999. Wisconsin has dominated the all-time series and holds a 74-6-4 edge over the Beavers. However, the Beavers upset the No. 1 team in the nation by a score of 2-1 in Bemidji, Feb. 1, 2019. The win snapped a 17-game winless streak against Wisconsin (0-16-1) and was the team’s first victory since 2015. Bemidji State and Wisconsin have played 40 games in Madison and the Beavers are 4-35-1 on the road with their last victory at LaBahn arena coming Jan. 16, 2015. Sixth-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 2-19-1 coaching against the Badgers while 18-year head coach Mark Johnson is 61-5-4 coaching against the Beavers.
A Look At The Badgers
The Bulldogs enter their second week of WCHA action after traveling to New York last weekend to face newly founded Long Island University for a non-conference series. The Bulldogs outscored the Sharks 22-2 in the two-game series and posted a WCHA record 80 shots on goal in Saturday’s 12-0 victory. Four Badgers posted five or more points in the series including junior Daryl Watts who led the league with seven points (1g-6a). Wisconsin enters the weekend as the top-ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls for the fifth consecutive week.
The Badgers are the highest scoring team in the conference and average 6.50 goals per game while their defense is also the league’s best by holding opponents to just 0.88 goals per game. Wisconsin has the highest scoring power play at 19-of-33 (.576) while its penalty kill is second by stopping 24-of-26 (.923).
Wisconsin is led by the three highest-scoring skaters in the WCHA in Watts, Abby Roque, and Sophie Shirley. Watts leads the league and is the nation’s highest-scorer with 25 points (8g-17a) and a 3.12 points per game average while Roque follows with 20 points (8g-12a) and Shirley is close behind with 19 points (8g-11a). They are also joined by Mekenzie Steffen who is fifth in the league with 14 points (3g-11a). In net, the Badgers are led by the nation’s leading goaltender in terms of goals against average in Kristen Campbell. Campbell has posted a 0.83 goals against average after allowing just five goals so far this season. She has posted a 7-0-0 record to go along with a .949 save percentage.
A Look at the Beavers
- In last weekend’s upset over then No. 8 University of Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State was led by senior Haley Mack who scored four of the team’s six goals in the series including two goals on Friday and both goals on Saturday. For her efforts, Mack was awarded the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career.
- Joining Mack was redshirt junior Lauren Bench who was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week after backstopping the Beavers to two wins and posted a 1.50 goals against average and .940 save percentage after stopping 47-of-50 shots by the Bulldogs.
- The Beavers were also led by juniors Tina Kampa and Paige Beebe who each recorded three points including three assists for Kampa and a goal and two assists for Beebe, who each recorded those points in Friday night’s victory.
- Bemidji State is sixth in the WCHA by averaging 2.00 goals per game while the Badgers are the highest scoring team and average 6.50 goals per game. The Beavers’ defense, however, is tied for third in the league by holding opponents to 2.17 goals per game while the Badgers also have the conference’s best defense and hold opponents to 0.88 goals per game.
- Bemidji State is second on the power play and have scored on 4-of-19 chances (.211) but its penalty kill is sixth by stopping 16-of-19 chances (.842). Wisconsin has the highest scoring power play at 19-of-33 (.576) while its penalty kill is second by stopping 24-of-26 (.923).
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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).