Beavers pause league play for non-conference bout at Lindenwood

Beavers pause league play for non-conference bout at Lindenwood
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Beavers pause league play for non-conference bout at Lindenwood

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Winless in its last six games (0-5-1), the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team hopes to end its losing skid by traveling to Lindenwood University for a non-conference series, Nov. 26-27. The Beavers (2-8-2, 1-8-1 WCHA) will travel to Maryland Heights, Mo., to face the Lions (1-11-0, 1-3-0 CHA) for a two-game, non-conference series beginning Friday, Nov. 26 and ending Saturday. Puck drop for game one is slated for 7:10 p.m., followed by game two at 2:10 p.m. 

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Beavers hit the road after hosting No. 7/6 University of Minnesota Duluth this past weekend and were swept by the nationally ranked Bulldogs.
  • Bemidji State was out-scored 13-1 in the series including a 9-0 loss in game one.
  • The Beavers have lost their las three games and are winless in their last six (0-5-1).
  • Bemidji State’s last win was on Oct. 23, a 2-1 victory over Clarkson University.
  • This weekend’s series will be the first series since the season-opening series at University of St. Thomas that BSU hasn’t played an opponent receiving votes in national ranking polls.
  • Bemidji State begins a four-game road trip this weekend starting with its series against the Lions and followed by a road series at St. Cloud State University, Dec. 3-4.
  • This weekend’s series against the Lions will be the Beavers’ final non-conference series of the season.
  • Junior Reece Hunt scored the lone goal for the Beavers this past weekend to bring her season total up to two. She is second on the team in scoring with seven points off of two goals and five assists.
  • Senior Graysen Myers paces the team in points with eight (3g-5a) but has just two points (2a) during the month of November.
  • Fifth-year senior Paige Beebe leads the team with four goals this season and is third with six points (4g-2a).
  • Sophomore Taylor Nelson leads all underclassmen and is fourth on the team with four points (1g-3a) while freshmen Claire Vekich (1g-1a) and Makenna Deering (2a) each pace the Beavers’ freshmen with two points.
  • Deering also leads Bemidji State blueliners in scoring while junior Kate Boland (1a) and freshman Adriana Van De Leest (1a) have each recorded one point.
  • Five of the Beavers’ seven defensemen who have dressed this season are freshman.
  • Freshman Ella Anick leads the Beavers with 21 blocks and is ninth in the WCHA. She is followed by Deering with 20 and is tied for 10th while Beebe and Van De Leest are tied for 14th with 18.
  • Sophomore Hannah Hogenson has started eight of the past nine games for the Beavers and leads BSU netminders with 487:09 minutes played. She has posted a 1-5-2 record, .921 save percentage and 3.08 goals against average in eight games.
  • Hogenson is fourth in the WCHA in save percentage (.921) and seventh in goals against average (3.08).
  • Bemidji State is tied for seventh in the WCHA with four points in league play and have an 1-8-1 conference record.
  • The Beavers are 1-0-1 against non-conference opponents this season.
  • Bemidji State and Lindenwood have met 11 times throughout the two program’s histories and the Beavers own an 8-2-1 record against the Lions.
  • The Beavers and Lions last met Oct. 4-5, 2019 and split their series at the Sanford Center but BSU is 4-1-0 in its last five games against LU.
  • Fifth-year senior Lydia Passolt leads the team and is the only active skater with points against the Lions after posting two goals in two career games.
  • Passolt, Lindsey Featherstone, Paige Beebe, Kate Boland, Graysen Myers and Reece Hunt have each played in two career games versus the Lions.
  • Fifth-year senior Kerigan Dowhly is the lone BSU netminder to face Lindenwood and on Oct. 5, 2019 she posted a 13-save shutout to lead the Beavers to a 1-0 victory.
  • Fifth-year seniors Lindsey Featherstone and Paige Beebe have each skated in 139 consecutive games to tie for the seventh longest streak in program history. Both are on pace to break the program record of 148 consecutive games by Alexis Joyce in 2018.

Lindenwood Notes

  • Lindenwood enters the weekend’s action with an 1-11-0 record and are 1-3-0 in College Hockey America play.
  • The Lions have lost its last four games and their only win of the season came on Oct. 23 after a 5-3 victory over Syracuse University.
  • Lindenwood last played on Nov. 12-13 and hosted then No. 9 Clarkson for a two-game series. The Lions were swept by the Golden Knights by scores of 5-3 in both games.
  • The Lions are led on offense by Valerie Caldwell (4g-5a) and Sierra Burt (2g-7a) who each have posted nine points in 12 games this season.
  • Caldwell paces the Lions in scoring with four goals while five others have recorded three.
  • Lindenwood has split time in net between Julia Maquire and Natalie Ferenc this season. Maquire paces the team with 314:07 minutes played and has posted an 0-5-0 record with a .912 save percentage and 3.63 goals against average. Ferenc has played in 267:12 minutes and is 1-4-0 with an .892 save percentage and 4.94 goals against average.
  • Lindenwood allows 5.33 goals per game which is 39th of 41 teams in Division I. Its offense is 20th in the nation by averaging 2.42 goals per game.
  • The Lions have posted a .093 power-play percentage (4-of-43) which is fourth in the CHA and 34th in the nation while its penalty kill is .766 (36-of-47) to also rank fourth in the CHA and 29th in the nation. 

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