Women’s Hockey travels to No. 1 Wisconsin for final road trip

Women’s Hockey travels to No. 1 Wisconsin for final road trip
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Women’s Hockey travels to No. 1 Wisconsin for final road trip

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team plays its final road series of the season this weekend and travels to Madison, Wis., to face No. 1 University of Wisconsin for their lone series this season. The Beavers (2-10-2, 2-10-2 WCHA) battle the top-ranked Badgers (9-2-1, 9-2-1 WCHA) in a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association games scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. Puck drop for game one is slated for 2:07 p.m., from LaBahn Arena followed by game two Saturday at 2:07 p.m., as well.

Beavers VS Badgers

  • Bemidji State and Wisconsin will meet for the 89th and 90th meetings in the all-time series history and only series in 2020-21.
  • The Badgers dominate the all-time series record at 77-7-4 (.903) and are 37-4-1 (.893) when playing in Madison.
  • Bemidji State won the last meeting between the two teams however, a 3-2 upset over the No. 1 Badgers Jan. 11, 2020 in Bemidji.
  • The Beavers were led by Clair DeGeorge in the game who posted two goals including the game-winning goal in the second period.
  • Bemidji State is 2-4-0 in its last six games versus Wisconsin.
  • Head Coach Jim Scanlan is 3-22-1 (.135) when coaching against the Badgers while UW head coach Mark Johnson is 64-6-4 (.917) when facing the Beavers.
  • Bemidji State is led by senior captain Clair DeGeorge who has posted eight points (3g-5a) in 13 career games against Wisconsin while senior Paige Beebe follows with five points off of three goals and two assists in 13 games.
  • Senior blueliner Mak Langei paces the Beavers’ defense with two assists in 13 games.
  • Senior Kerigan Dowhy has appeared in five games in net against the Badgers with four starts. She has posted a 0-4-1 record to go along with a .909 save percentage and 3.24 goals against average. 

Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin enters the weekend’s action as the top-ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine national polls and boasts a 9-2-1 record in league play for the top-spot in the conference standings as well. The Badgers are 9-2-1 overall and are returning home after going 1-0-1 at No. 2 University of Minnesota this past weekend 

The Badgers lead the WCHA and rank four nationally by averaging 3.75 goals per game while their defense ranks second in the WCHA and sixth in Division I by holding opponents to just 1.50 goals per game. Wisconsin’s power play is the best in the WCHA with a .171 (6-of-35) power play percentage. However, its penalty kill is last in the league at a .833 (20-of-24) mark.

Wisconsin boasts one of the best scoring lines in the nation and are led by senior Daryl Watts on the left wing who has posted 24 points off of 13 goals and 11 assists to lead the WCHA and is second in the nation in scoring. Watts has posted 13 goals in 12 games this season is the only player in Division I to average over a goal per game this season (1.08). She is centered by senior Brette Pettet who has posted 15 points off of seven goals and eight assists to rank fourth in the league while right winger, junior, Sophie Shirley ranks second in the league with 18 points off of seven goals and 11 assists. This line has combined for 53 of the Badgers’ 66 points this season. The Badgers’ defense is led by senior Grace Bowlby who leads WCHA defenseman with 11 points off of 11 assists. She is joined by junior Nicole LaMantia who has posted seven points (1g-6a) and is fifth in the league. In net, Wisconsin has turned to Mercyhurst University transfer Kennedy Blair who has started every game for the Badgers and has posted a 9-2-1 record. She is second in the league with in goals against average (1.53) and save percentage (.944).

Bemidji State Notes

  • Bemidji State stands sixth in the WCHA with a .274 point percentage and has earned 11.5 points in league play by going 2-8-2.
  • Bemidji State is currently on a three-game losing skid and its past five games have been decided in overtime or the shootout.
  • The Beavers have played in eight overtime games this season, most of any team in the WCHA.
  • Bemidji State had last weekend off from play and last played at Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 29-30. BSU fell in both games to the Mavericks in overtime by scores of 1-0 and 3-2.
  • Bemidji State is last in the league by averaging 1.36 goals per game and rank sixth on defense by allowing 2.79 goals per game.
  • The Beavers’ power play is the lone team in Division I to have yet tally a power-play marker and have come up empty on 23 chances this season.
  • Bemidji State’s penalty kill is sixth in the WCHA and has stopped 26-of-31 chances for an .839 percentage. The Beavers have killed off the last nine power play chances for its opponents.
  • Bemidji State has been led by senior goaltender Kerigan Dowhy in its past three series. Dowhy is 2-9-2 on the season and is fifth in the league with a 2.18 goals against average but third with a .929 save percentage. However, since Jan. 15, Dowhy has posted a 1.45 goals against average and .951 save percentage which is second in the WCHA during that time frame.
  • Dowhy has set a career high with 796:23 minutes played this season and boasts career numbers in goals against average and save percentage.
  • Bemidji State is led offensively by Clair DeGeorge who has totaled nine points in 14 games (4g-5a) to tie for 20th in league but has been held off the scoresheet in the last three games.
  • DeGeorge is followed by sophomore Reece Hunt who has posted seven points (7a) in 14 games and has also been held off the scoresheet the past three games.
  • Senior Tina Kampa paces the Beavers’ blueline and is tied for 12th in scoring among league defenders with five points (5a).
  • Senior blueliner Mak Langei paces the WCHA and is second in the nation with 50 blocked shots while Kampa follows in fourth with 40 blocked shots.
  • Bemidji State continues to lead the nation in blocked shots with 260 and have five defensemen who boast 20 or more blocked shots this season.

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).