|January 18, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||01:27||BSU||Beebe, Paige (Kaasa, Jacqueline , Olson, Heather)|
|1||18:58||UMD||Kylie Hanley (Jalyn Elmes , Ryleigh Houston)|
|2||06:57||UMD||Ryleigh Houston (Anneke Linser , Jalyn Elmes)|
|2||07:38||UMD||Ashton Bell (Gabbie Hughes , Anna Klein)|
|2||18:50||BSU||Kaasa, Jacqueline (Ecker, Abby , DeGeorge, Clair)|
|3||08:51||UMD||Sydney Brodt (Ashton Bell , Gabbie Hughes)|
|Shots on Goal||31||31|
DULUTH, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell to No. 10 University of Minnesota Duluth 4-2 in the series finale of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Saturday afternoon. The Beavers fall to 13-12-1 overall and are now tied for fourth in league standings with the Bulldogs with 21 points in WCHA play (7-9-0).
After seeing the Bulldogs score the game’s first goal just 25 seconds into the game last night, the Beavers made sure to strike first and just 87 seconds into the opening frame, junior Paige Beebe knocked home a rebounded shot while on a power play for the game’s first goal. The power-play goal ended a 10-game scoreless drought with the extra attacker and 21 consecutive power plays without a goal. Minnesota Duluth was able to answer just before the period ended however, and with just 1:02 left Kylie Hanley scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 1-1 just before the first intermission.
In the second period, Minnesota Duluth gained a 5-on-3 power play at the 6:37 mark and capitalized with the two-man advantage when Ryleigh Houston scored just 20 seconds into the penalty. With a Beaver still in the box, the Bulldogs capitalized once again this time Ashton Bell scored just 41 seconds later to put UMD up 3-1. It looked as though the period would end with the two-goal lead for Minnesota Duluth but senior Jacqueline Kaasa beat goaltender Maddie Rooney with a slap shot off the left wing with just 1:10 remaining to pull the Beavers within one.
Bemidji State tried to carry that momentum into the final frame but with 11:09 left to play, UMD’s Sydney Brodt ended the Beavers’ attempt at a comeback by netting her 10th goal of the season for the two-goal lead. BSU pulled its goaltender Lauren Bench with 2:27 left to play but the Bulldogs defense held the Beavers to just one shot on goal and earned the 4-2 victory.
Kaasa paced the Beavers with a goal and assist in the game while Beebe (1g), Clair DeGeorge (1a), Heather Olson (1a) and Abby Ecker (1a) each recorded a point.
Bench falls to 10-10-0 on the season with the loss after she stopped 27-of-31 shots by the Bulldogs while Rooney improved to 10-8-3 after making 29-of-31 saves.
Bemidji State finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while Minnesota Duluth scored two power-play goals on four chances.
Bemidji State returns home to host Minnesota State University, Mankato next weekend at 6:07 and 3:07 p.m.
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).