BEMIDJI, Minn. –The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team is back in action this weekend after a bye week and returns home to host No. 7/6 University of Minnesota Duluth for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (2-6-2, 1-6-1 WCHA) and Bulldogs (4-4-0, 4-4-0 WCHA) begin their series Friday, Nov. 19 at 3:01 p.m., followed by game two Saturday at 2:01 p.m.
Bemidji State Notes
- Bemidji State returns home after its bye weekend to host No. 7/6 Minnesota Duluth.
- In their last action, the Beavers traveled to No. 1 University of Wisconsin, Nov. 6-7.
- BSU went 0-1-1 against the top-ranked Badgers after earning a 0-0 tie in game one. Wisconsin earned the extra point in league standings after winning the shootout 1-0. The Badgers then rolled to an 8-1 victory in game two.
- Sophomore goaltender Hannah Hogenson powered the Beavers in game one by stopping a career-high 56 saves and earned her first career shutout in the tie.
- Hogenson started just one game in net over the weekend and for the second consecutive week was awarded the WCHA Goaltender of the Week.
- Bemidji State’s lone goal in the series was scored by fifth-year senior Paige Beebe who now leads the team with four goals on the season.
- Senior Graysen Myers earned the primary assist on the goal and paces the team with seven points off of three goals and four assists this season.
- Beebe and junior Reece Hunt are second on the team in scoring with six points each while Hunt paces the team with five assists.
- Sophomore Taylor Nelson is fourth on the team with four points off of a goal and three assists while fifth-year senior Lydia Passolt follows with three points off of a goal and two assists.
- Five of the Beavers’ seven defenseman who have dressed this season are freshman and freshman Makenna Deering paces the blueline with two points (2a).
- Deering also leads the Beavers with 18 blocks this season and is tied for eighth in the WCHA.
- Hogenson leads the Beavers’ netminders with 368:06 minutes played between the pipes and has started six of the last seven games for BSU. She has posted a 1-3-2 record this season with a 2.12 goals against average and .943 save percentage.
- Hogenson is third in the WCHA and tied for 10th in the nation in save percentage while her goals against average ranks fourth in the conference.
- Bemidji State enters this weekend’s series tied for seventh in the WCHA standings with four points in conference play and a 1-6-1 league record.
- Bemidji State is 2-6-2 overall and is 0-3-1 in its last four games.
- The Beavers are 1-2-1 when playing on the road this season.
- Bemidji State will face its third consecutive ranked opponent this week and of its six opponents so far this season, four have been nationally ranked while one has received votes.
- Bemidji State faces Minnesota Duluth for the first time this season. The Beavers are 22-80-4 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 10-35-1 record when playing in Bemidji.
- The Beavers and Bulldogs split their only series last season with each team winning a one goal, overtime game.
- The Beavers are 4-6-0 in their last 10 meetings versus the Bulldogs.
- Fifth-year seniors Lindsey Featherstone and Paige Beebe lead all active skaters with 24 career games played against UMD while Lydia Passolt follows with 20. Beebe leads all active skaters with 11 career points (5g-6a) against the Bulldogs while Hunt follows with six points (3g-3a) and Passolt has four points (2g-2a).
- Dowhy paces BSU’s netminders with eight career games played against the Bulldogs and has posted a 4-3-0 record, 1.76 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
Minnesota Duluth Notes
- It’s been awhile, but UMD’s last series was back on Oct. 23-24, a sweep of St. Thomas in Mendota Heights, Minn. by scores of 3-0 and 7-0.
- UMD’s power play conversion rate is 30.0 -- the fourth-highest power play in the NCAA. The Bulldogs have gone 6-of-20 through their first eight games.
- UMD’s top-scoring line of Élizabeth Giguère, Gabbie Hughes and Anna Klein one of the top-scoring lines in the nation through the Bulldogs first eight games.
- Hughes, who leads UMD in scoring with 14 points (6g, 8a), is tied for seventh in the NCAA with a 1.75 points per game average. Giguère is tied for 15th in the NCAA with a 1.62 PPG average on five goals and eight assists for 13 points in eight games, and Klein is tied for 19th with a 1.50 PPG with four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
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).