BEMIDJI, Minn. – For just the second and third time in the two program’s histories, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team faces Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a non-conference series. The Beavers (5-8-1, 4-6-0-0 WCHA) head east to Troy, N.Y. to face the Engineers (0-14-1, 0-6-0 ECAC) for a two-game series beginning Friday, Nov. 29 at 3:00 p.m. EST followed by game two Saturday, Nov. 30 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Bemidji State and RPI have met in one meeting in the two program’s histories as this weekend’s series will be just the second and third meetings between the two teams. The Beavers and Engineers lone contest in the series occurred on Oct. 4, 2014 where the Beavers earned a 4-0 shutout in Bemidji. No current Beaver was on that team but beginning his first season at the helm of the BSU women’s hockey program, head coach Jim Scanlan earned his third career victory with the win.
A Look At The Engineers
RPI begins the weekend’s series still looking for its first victory of the 2019-20 season. The Engineers have lost eight consecutive games and are 0-14-1 overall. Last weekend, the Engineers were swept by Robert Morris University by scores of 3-1 and 6-1. In Eastern College Athletic Conference play, the Engineers are 0-6-0.
The Engineers have struggled on offense this season and are last in Division I by averaging just 0.80 goals per game. Their defense has fared somewhat better and are 30th in the nation and 10th in the ECAC by allowing opponents 3.20 goals per game. RPI’s power play is 10th in the conference by scoring at a .100 percent (4-of-40) while its penalty kill is eighth at .843 percent (43-of-51).
The Engineers have totaled just 27 points off 12 goals and 15 assists this season and are led by seniors Blake Orosz and Sabrina Repaci who each have posted five points. Orosz leads the team with four goals and an assist while Repaci paces the team with four assists and a goal. They are followed by juniors Morgan Ondrick (2g-1a) and Lauren Severson (1g-2a) who each have three points. RPI’s blueline is paced by Kendra Farole (0g-2a) and Madeleine Burnett (0g-2a) who each have two points.
In net, the Engineers are led by freshman Ena Nystrom who has posted a 0-9-1 record to go along with a .929 save percentage and 3.10 goals against average. She is followed by freshman Amanda Rampado who is 0-4-0 with a 3.23 goals against average and .919 save percentage.
A Look at the Beavers
Bemidji State flies east looking to extend its two-game win streak to four after earning a series sweep at Minnesota State University, Mankato this past weekend. The Beavers earned its first road series sweep of the season and defeated the Mavericks by scores of 1-0 and 5-2. Bemidji State was led by senior Kiki Radke who led the team with four points off of two goals and two assists. Radke recorded all four points in game two to set a career high and had a hand in four of the team’s season high five goals. Redshirt junior Lauren Bench earned two wins in the crease and was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week after posting a 1.00 goals against average and .962 save percentage.
The Beavers are last in the WCHA by averaging just 1.79 goals per game this season while their defense is fifth in the league by allowing 2.86 goals per game. BSU’s power play is fourth in the conference by converting at a .150 percent (6-of-40) while its penalty kill is sixth at .789 percent (30-of-38).
Bemidji State is paced on offense by senior Haley Mack who has posted nine points off of seven goals and two assists in 14 games. Her seven goals are 12th in the league and her two power-play goals this season is tied for eighth. She is followed closely by senior Kiki Radke (3g-5a) and junior Tina Kampa (0g-8a) who each have posted eight points. Radke has posted four points (1g-3a) on the power play this season which is tied for seventh in the WCHA while Kampa’s eight points on the blueline is tied for 11th among WCHA defensemen. Junior Clair DeGeorge is close behind with seven points this season (1g-6a) while senior Heather Olson has totaled six points (2g-4a), career best for the senior.
In the crease, Bemidji State is led by Lauren Bench who has posted a 4-6-0 record in 10 games and is sixth in the conference with a 2.81 goals against average and .904 save percentage. She is followed by junior Kerigan Dowhy who has posted a 1-2-0 record with a 2.38 goals against average and .913 save percentage in three games played.
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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).