Beavers aim for bounce-back series by hosting Mavericks

Beavers aim for bounce-back series by hosting Mavericks
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Beavers aim for bounce-back series by hosting Mavericks

BEMIDJI, Minn. – After an overwhelming series at No. 3/4 Ohio State University, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hopes to bounce back when it hosts Minnesota State University, Mankato for the second of three series this season. The Beavers (1-4-1, 1-4-1 WCHA) have lost three consecutive games and are winless in their past four (0-3-1) including a series against the Mavericks in Mankato. BSU plays host to Minnesota State this time for a two-game series beginning Friday, January 8 and ending Saturday. Puck drop for game one is slated for 3:07 p.m., followed by game two at 2:07 p.m., Saturday.

Beavers VS Mavericks

  • Bemidji State and Minnesota State will meet for the 90th and 91st meetings in the all-time series history.
  • The Beavers lead the all-time series record at 44-31-14 (.573) and are 21-13-9 (.593) when playing at home.
  • BSU and MSU met earlier this season on Dec. 17-18 where the Beavers and Mavericks skated to a 2-2 tie in game one with the Beavers earning the extra point in the shootout. The Beavers then lost game two to the Mavericks by a score of 5-3.
  • Bemidji State was led by senior Paige Beebe who posted three points (2g-1a) in the series while junior Ellie Moser also added two goals.
  • Head Coach Jim Scanlan is 15-6-3 (.688) coaching against the Mavericks while sixth-year head coach John Harrington is 6-11-4.
  • Bemidji State is led by seniors Clair DeGeorge (4g-10a) and Paige Beebe (7g-7a) who each have posted 15 points in 15 career games against the Mavericks.
  • Senior Kerigan Dowhy has appeared in three games in net against the Mavericks with two starts. She has posted a 0-1-1 record against MSU to go along with a .905 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average.

Scouting the Mavericks
Minnesota State has played the most games of any team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this season but have just two wins and hold fifth in the WCHA standings with seven points and a 2-7-1 record. However, the Mavericks are coming off a well-played weekend where they fell in two one-goal games to No. 1 University of Wisconsin. Minnesota State was led by senior Brittyn Fleming and freshman Sydney Langseth who each potted goals in the series.

Minnesota State ranks sixth in the WCHA with a 1.80 goals per game average while its defense also ranks sixth in the league by allowing opponents 3.10 goals per game. On special teams, the Mavericks lead the WCHA with a power-play percentage of .143 (5-of-35) while their penalty kill is fifth with a percentage of .897 (35-of-39).

The Mavericks are led by freshman Jamie Nelson who has recorded seven points (4g-3a) in eight games of the team’s 10 games this season and is tied for third in the league in scoring. Her four goals this season are tied for fourth most in the league as well. Following Nelson are Brittyn Fleming (3g-2a), Sydney Langseth (3g-2a) and Claire Butorac (1g-4a) who each have posted five points in 10 games. In net, sophomore Calla Frank has started seven games and has posted a 1-5-1 record to go along with a 2.98 goals against average and .896 save percentage while freshman Lauren Barbro has started three games, including one against the Beavers, and has posted a 1-2-0 record with a 3.78 goals against average and .868 save percentage.

Bemidji State Notes

  • Bemidji State stands seventh in the WCHA with five points and has posted a 1-4-1 record in both league play and overall.
  • The Beavers are coming off a series where they were swept by No. 3/4 Ohio State by scores of 4-1 and 7-1, Jan. 1-2.
  • Of the Beavers’ six games this season, three have gone into overtime while two have been decided in the extra period and one has gone into the shootout.
  • Bemidji State is 2-1-2 in its last five games against the Mavericks including a shootout victory Dec. 17, 2020.
  • In their previous series at Minnesota State, the Beavers were led by senior Paige Beebe who recorded two goals and an assist in the series. She was joined by Ellie Moser (2g), Graysen Myers (1g-1a), Tina Kampa (2a) and Reece Hunt (2a) who each tallied two points.
  • Bemidji State is led offensively by senior Clair DeGeorge who has totaled six points in six games (3g-3a) to tie for sixth in the league in scoring.
  • She is followed by sophomore Reece Hunt who has posted five points (5a) in six games and is tied for the league-lead in assists.
  • Senior defenseman Tina Kampa follows Hunt with four assists this season, leading the Beavers’ blueline and is tied for sixth-most in the league. She is tied for second in the league in defenseman scoring (0g-4a).
  • Junior Elie Moser also has added three goals this season to tie for the team lead and is tied for seventh-most in the WCHA. Moser’s three goals this season is tied for a career-high single season total.
  • Senior Mak Langei paces the WCHA with 32 blocked shots which includes 14 this past weekend against Ohio State.
  • Hunt leads the team with a three-game point streak and has posted four points (0g-4a) in her past three games.
  • Bemidji State is led in the net by senior Kerigan Dowhy who has posted a 1-4-1 record and ranks fifth and sixth in the WCHA with a 2.74 goals against average and .911 save percentage, respectively.

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).