|February 28, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|3||06:20||UMD||Gabbie Hughes (Maggie Flaherty , Sydney Brodt)|
|3||07:37||BSU||Mack, Haley (Hunt, Reece , Kampa, Tina)|
|4||10:28||UMD||Maggie Flaherty (Ashton Bell )|
|Shots on Goal||20||34|
DULUTH, Minn. – It would take the fifth longest game in program history to decide a victor for the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team and No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth opening game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, the Beavers (15-17-3) were on the wrong end of the game-winning goal as the Bulldogs (17-10-6) scored with 9:32 left in the overtime period to earn the game one victory by a score of 2-1.
Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Maggie Flaherty scored her first goal of the season to clinch the opening game win for the Bulldogs.
Bemidji State redshirt junior goaltender Lauren Bench stopped 32-of-34 shots during the game and 15-of-16 in the third period but Minnesota Duluth’s Maddie Rooney bested the Beavers after she stopped 19-of-20.
Both goaltenders held the other team off of the scoreboard through the game’s first 40 minutes but Minnesota Duluth would strike first when sophomore Gabbie Hughes scored a power-play goal 6:20 into the third period for her team-leading 19th goal of the season.
Bemidji State responded quickly however, and just 1:17 later, senior Haley Mack scored her own power-play tally for her 15th goal of the season which is tied for 10th for the most goals in a single season (Caesare Stimson, 2000-01). The power-play goal was the first goal scored with the extra-attacker since Jan. 25 versus Minnesota State University, Mankato (0-for-6),
Minnesota Duluth looked like it would take a 2-1 lead with 9:34 to play but the goal was waved off due to a high stick and neither team could find the back of the net for the rest of the period to send the game into overtime.
Each team produced four shots on goal during the extra period but BSU got hemmed in their own zone halfway through the period and Flaherty capitalized off a rebounded shot.
Minnesota Duluth finished the game with the 34-20 advantage on the shot chart and out-attempted the Beavers 83-33 but the Beavers defense did an excellent job of blocking shots and earned 24 blocked shots including seven by junior Tina Kampa.
Kampa also earned the secondary assist on Mack’s goal for her 12th of the season while freshman Reece Hunt earned the primary assist for her 16th point of the season.
Bemidji State looks to keep its postseason alive tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet again for game two at 4:07 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).