Women’s Hockey travels to St. Cloud State looking to end losing skid

Women’s Hockey travels to St. Cloud State looking to end losing skid
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Women’s Hockey travels to St. Cloud State looking to end losing skid

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Winless in its last five games, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team travels to St. Cloud State University for an important Western Collegiate Hockey Association series versus the Huskies (2-7-0, 2-7-0 WCHA) January 15-16. The Beavers (1-6-1, 1-6-1 WCHA) not only hope to end their losing skid, but also hope to earn six points in the WCHA standings and jump the Huskies for sixth place. The series will take place at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center with puck drop for game one of the series slated for 6:07 p.m., Friday followed by a 3:07 p.m., puck drop Saturday.

Beavers VS Huskies

  • Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will meet for the 98th and 99th meetings in the all-time series history
  • The Beavers lead the all-time series record at 48-40-9 (.542) and are 21-21-5 (.500) when playing at St. Cloud State.
  • Bemidji State and St. Cloud State met earlier this season in the first series of the 2020-21 season. The Beavers and Huskies played two thrilling games that each went into the 3-on-3 overtime with the Huskies earning a 3-2 victory in game one while the Beavers answered back with a 3-2 victory in game two to split the series.
  • The Beavers are 3-2-0 in the past five games against the Huskies with four of those games having been decided in overtime.
  • Bemidji State was led by senior Clair DeGeorge in its past series with SCSU when she totaled four points off of three goals and one assist in two games and scored the game-winning overtime goal.
  • Head Coach Jim Scanlan is 19-9-1 (.672) coaching against the Huskies while second-year head coach Steve Macdonald is 2-5-0 (.286).
  • Bemidji State is led by senior captain Clair DeGeorge who has posted 13 points (5g-8a) in 16 career games against SCSU while fellow senior Lydia Passolt follows with seven points (3g-4a) in 11 career games.
  • Senior Kerigan Dowhy has appeared in three games in net against the Huskie. She has posted a 1-2-0 record to go along with a .899 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average.

Scouting the Huskies
St. Cloud State comes into the weekend’s action hoping to hold the Beavers from jumping them in the WCHA standings. The Huskies currently hold sixth place with six points, one point in front of the Beavers, and own a 2-7-0 (2-7-0 WCHA) record. The Huskies were swept in three games last weekend at the hands of No. 2 University of Minnesota, falling 2-1 on Thursday, 4-1 Saturday and 4-0 Sunday. Sophomore Olivia Cvar and senior Laura Kluge each scored a goal in the series, while freshman Sanni Ahola posted a .932 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average in two games played in net.

St. Cloud State ranks last in the WCHA with a 1.11 goals per game average while its defense ranks sixth in the league by allowing opponents 3.11 goals per game. On special teams, the Huskies scored their first power-play goal last weekend and are sixth in the league with a .040 (1/25) power-play percentage. The Huskies’ penalty kill is one of the best in the WCHA and have killed 26-of-27 power plays to stand second in the league and third in the nation with a .963 percentage.

The Huskies are led by junior Jenniina Nylund who has totaled six points off of three goals and three assists in nine games this season while sophomore Klara Hymlarova follows with four points off of one goal and three assists also in nine games. Freshman Emma Gentry (2g-1a) and sophomore Olivia Cvar (1g-2a) each have added three points. On the blueline, senior Hannah Bates, junior Olivia Hanson and sophomore Addi Scribner each have recorded one assist.

Bemidji State Notes

  • Bemidji State stands seventh in the WCHA with five points and has posted a 1-6-1 record in both league play and overall and are currently on a five-game losing streak.
  • The Beavers are coming off a series where they were swept by Minnesota State by scores of 2-1 and 4-0.
  • Of the Beavers’ eighth games this season three have gone into overtime, including two against St. Cloud State, while two have been decided in the extra period and one has gone into the shootout.
  • Bemidji State is 3-2-1 in its last five games against the Huskies including a 3-2 overtime victory Dec. 11 in their last meeting.
  • In their previous series with the Huskies, the Beavers were led by senior Clair DeGeorge who recorded three goals and an assist in the series. She was joined by defensemen Kara Werth and Tina Kampa who each earned two assists in the series.
  • Bemidji State is led offensively by DeGeorge who has totaled seven points in eight games (3g-4a) to tie for eighth in league in scoring.
  • She is followed by sophomore Reece Hunt who has posted six points (6a) in eight games and is second in the league in assists.
  • Senior defenseman Tina Kampa follows Hunt with four assists this season, leading the Beavers’ blueline and is tied for 10th-most in the league. She is tied for sixth in the league in defenseman scoring (0g-4a).
  • Junior Elie Moser has added three goals this season to tie for the team lead with DeGeorge.
  • Senior Mak Langei paces the WCHA and the nation with 36 blocked shots while Kampa follows closely with 25 to rank third in the league and fourth in Division I.
  • Bemidji State is led in the net by senior Kerigan Dowhy who has posted a 1-6-1 record and ranks sixth and seventh in the WCHA with a 2.82 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).