Beavers travel to Mankato for final series of 2020

Beavers travel to Mankato for final series of 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Beavers travel to Mankato for final series of 2020

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Just as soon as the first-half of its season started, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team plays its final series of the 2020 calendar year this weekend when they travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a two-game series beginning Thursday, Dec. 17 and wrapping up Friday, Dec. 18. The series marks the first road trip for the Beavers (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) this season. Puck drop for each game of the series is scheduled for 2:07 p.m.

The Series

  • Bemidji State and Minnesota State will meet for the 88th and 89th meetings in the all-time series history.
  • The Beavers lead the all-time series record at 44-30-13 (.580) and are 23-16-4 (.581) when playing at Mankato.
  • Last season Bemidji State went 3-0-1 against the Mavericks and currently have a six-game unbeaten (4-0-2) streak against MSU.
  • Head Coach Jim Scanlan is 15-5-2 coaching against the Mavericks while sixth-year head coach John Harrington is 5-11-3.
  • Bemidji State is led by senior captain Clair DeGeorge who has posted 13 points (4g-9a) in 13 career games against MSU while fellow senior Paige Beebe follows with 11 points (5g-6a) in 13 career games.

Scouting the Mavericks
Minnesota State continues its season after facing No. 2 University of Minnesota the previous weekend. The Mavericks fell in both games of the series by scores of 5-1 and 2-1. Minnesota State is tied for fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with three points and sport a 1-5-0 (1-5-0 WCHA) record.

Minnesota State averages 1.50 goals per game early on in the season which is tied for fifth in the league while its defense allows 3.67 goals per game which is seventh. Minnesota State is second in the league on the power play and have converted on three of 26 chances (.115). However, its penalty kill ranks last in the league and has allowed three power-play goals on 23 chances (.870).

Minnesota State is led on offense by a pair of freshmen in Sydney Langseth and Jamie Nelson who have each totaled four points (2g-2a) in six games this season. The Maverick’s blueline is backed by junior defenseman Anna Wilgren who paces the WCHA with 17 blocked shots and has totaled one assist this season while sophomore Charlotte Akervik leads the MSU blueline with two points (1g-1a). Sophomore Calla Frank leads the Mavericks in net with a 1-3-0 record to go along with a .871 save percentage and 3.77 goals against average while freshman Lauren Barbro has appeared in two games and has an 0-2-0 record with a .881 save percentage and 3.54 goals against average.

Bemidji State Notes

  • Bemidji State continues its 2020-21 season after splitting its first series of the season last weekend when they hosted St. Cloud State University.
  • The Beavers and Huskies played two 3-on-3 overtime periods with SCSU earning a 3-2 victory in game one while the Beavers responded in game two with a 3-2 overtime victory.
  • Senior Clair DeGeorge scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Beavers in game two for her second goal of the game and ended the series with four points off of three goals and one assist.
  • For DeGeorge it was her eighth career game-winning goal and she is now tied for second most in program history.
  • Senior defensemen Kara Werth and Tina Kampa each posted two assists in the series to lead the Beavers’ blueline while Werth earned the primary assist on Friday’s game-winning goal.
  • DeGeorge is tied for first in the WCHA by averaging 2.00 points per game and she leads the league by averaging 1.50 goals per game.
  • The Beavers’ offense is fourth in the league by averaging 2.50 goals per game while its defense is also fourth by allowing 2.50 goals per game.
  • Bemidji State came up empty on all three of its power-play chances last weekend but killed all five of the Huskies’ chances for a perfect penalty kill.
  • Senior goaltender Kerigan Dowhy started both games in net for the Beavers and posted a 2.43 goals against average and .909 save percentage after stopping 50-of-55 shots by St. Cloud State.

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).