Women’s Hockey resumes WCHA play by hosting St. Cloud State

Women’s Hockey resumes WCHA play by hosting St. Cloud State
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Women’s Hockey resumes WCHA play by hosting St. Cloud State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – It has been 34 days since the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team last hosted a series at the Sanford Center in Bemidji but after three consecutive road series, the Beavers return home to host St. Cloud State University, Dec. 6-7. The Beavers (7-8-1, 4-6-0-0 WCHA) resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association play after a weekend of non-conference action at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute to host the Huskies (4-10-1, 0-10-0-0 WCHA) for a weekend series, Dec. 6-7. Puck drop for game one is scheduled for 3:07 p.m., Friday followed by game two at 2:07 p.m. Saturday.

The Series
The Beavers and Huskies meet for the 91st and 92nd meetings in the two program’s histories in a series that began Jan. 22, 1999. Bemidji State holds the slight advantage over St. Cloud State in the all-time series with a record of 43-38-9 including a 22-16-4 record in Bemidji. Last season, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State met for four conference matchups and one non-conference matchup at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Game in Brainerd. BSU went 4-0 against SCSU in conference play but fell 3-0 in their non-conference action. The Beavers are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Huskies, dating back to Nov. 30, 2018. Senior Haley Mack leads all active skaters with 12 points off of five goals and seven assists in 14 games against the Huskies while junior Clair DeGeorge follows with eight points (2g-6a) in nine games. Redshirt junior Lauren Bench leads BSU’s goaltenders with a 4-1-0 record to go along with a 1.39 goals against average and .926 save percentage against the Huskies. Six-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 14-7-1 all-time coaching against St. Cloud State while first-year head coach Steve Macdonald faces the Beavers for the first time this weekend.

A Look At The Huskies
St. Cloud State returns to league action after hosting Lindenwood University for a non-conference series this past weekend. The Huskies earned a 6-0 victory in game one over the Lions but had game two cancelled because of weather. Senior forward Brooke Kudirka led the Huskies by netting her first career hat trick while five other Huskies recorded two points. St. Cloud State travels to Bemidji looking for its first conference victories of the season and sit last in the WCHA with an 0-10-0-0 league record but are 4-10-1 overall.

The Huskies are fifth in the WCHA by averaging 2.27 goals per game but are last in the league by allowing 3.13 goals per game. St. Cloud State’s special teams play has fared better and are third in the league on the power play by converting at .205 percent (8-of-39) while its penalty kill is sixth at .809 percent (38-of-47).

St. Cloud State is paced on offense by sophomore Jenniina Nylund who has posted 10 points off of three goals and seven assists in 15 games. She is followed closely by senior Hallie Theodosopoulos (6g-3a), senior defenseman Abby Thiessen (4g-5a) and freshman Klara Hymlarova (2g-7a) who each have posted nine points in 15 games. On the power play, Thiessen leads the team with five power-play points (2g-3a) and is tied for fifth in the WCHA. Hymlarova is one of the top scoring freshmen in the league and is second with nine points among league rookies. In the net, junior Emma Polusny leads the team with a 3-8-1 record to go along with a 3.08 goals against average and .906 save percentage while senior Janine Alder follows with a 1-2-0 record, 2.72 GAA and .921 save percentage.

A Look at the Beavers
Bemidji State returns home for its final home series of the calendar year after sweeping RPI on the road in non-conference action last weekend. The Beavers were led by juniors Clair DeGeorge (1g-2a) and Mak Langei (1g-2a) who each recorded three points in the series. Bemidji State has now won four games in a row and look to tie a program record of six this weekend against SCSU. The Beavers currently hold fifth in the WCHA standings with 12 points and a 4-6-0-0 league record and are 7-8-1 overall.

The Beavers are tied for sixth in the WCHA by averaging 2.00 goals per game and are fifth in the league on defense by allowing 2.56 goals per game. The Beavers’ power play is fourth in the WCHA by converting at a .156 percentage (7-of-45) while their penalty kill is sixth at .809 percent (38-of-47).

Bemidji State is led on offense by seniors Haley Mack (8g-3a) and Kiki Radke (3g-8a) who each have posted 11 points. They are followed closely by junior Clair DeGeorge who has posted 10 points off of two goals and eight assists while junior Tina Kampa has added nine points (0g-9a). Radke’s five power-play points (1g-4a) this season is tied for fifth in the WCHA  while Mack’s two power-play goals is tied for ninth. The Beavers’ blueline is paced by Kampa and Mak Langei who has posted eight points off of two goals and six assists. In the net, redshirt junior Lauren Bench leads the team with a 5-6-0 record to go along with a 2.55 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Bench is fifth in the league in GAA and tied for sixth in save percentage while her two shutouts this season are tied for third.

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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).