Huskies score in 3x3 overtime to skate past Beavers in exhibition

Huskies score in 3x3 overtime to skate past Beavers in exhibition
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Huskies score in 3x3 overtime to skate past Beavers in exhibition

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Last season, the Bemidji State University and St. Cloud State University women’s hockey teams forced overtime in four of their six meetings in 2020-21. The 2021-22 season started in a similar fashion as St. Cloud State scored in the three-on-three overtime period to down the Beavers 2-1 in Saturday’s season-opening exhibition.

Saturday’s contest began like past game’s before it with a tightly fought, hard to score battle. Neither team could find the back of the opposing team’s net in the first two periods and were tied 0-0 heading into the third period. However, St. Cloud State’s Jenniina Nylund would open the scoring in the game quickly into the final frame. The Beavers responded quickly, and just a few minutes later, freshman Alyssa Watkins tied the game. Fellow freshman Ella Anick and sophomore Kayla Santl assisted on Watkin’s game-tying goal.

The third period ended in the 1-1 tie and after a discussion, the two teams decided to play the three-on-three overtime period to decide a winner. With under two minutes remaining in the period, SCSU’s Emma Gentry scored the game-winning goal.

Despite losing the game, Bemidji State gained valuable experience heading into the official start of the season next weekend after dressing 27 of the teams 28 student-athletes. 

Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will meet a total of four times during the regular season with their first meeting in St. Cloud, Minn., Dec. 3-4. 

The Beavers drop the puck on the 2021-22 season next weekend and will face new Western Collegiate Hockey Association league member University of St. Thomas in Mendota Heights, Minn., to open the 2021-22 slate. The Beavers and Tommies will play a WCHA series scheduled for Oct. 1-2 at 6:01 and 3:01 p.m., 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).