BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team was defeated by University of Minnesota Duluth, 5-3 Friday evening. BSU drops to 9-15-3 overall and 6-13-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play while the Bulldogs improve to 12-10-5 overall and 10-8-5 WCHA.
Minnesota Duluth controlled the first period as it scored two goals one of which was on the power play. UMD's first goal was netted by Jenna McParland and the second was scored by Megahan Huertas. Bemidji State had a rough time generating any offense as it only mustered one shot on goal in the frame. Both teams spent a lot of time in the box as six penalties were called on the two teams.
The two teams continued to spend a great deal of time in the box in the second period. Five more penalties were called on the two teams. Bemidji State was able to take advantage of one of those penalties to score a power-play goal. Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) won the faceoff and passed it to Ivana Bilic (D, So., Coquitlam, British Columbia) and she did the rest netting her third goal of the season.
Unfortunately, the Beavers could not slow down the Bulldogs. UMD's Ashleigh Brykaliuk netted a pair of goals in the second period, one of which was of the short-handed variety. Going into the second intermission the Bulldogs led the Beavers 4-1.
Bemidji State came out of the locker room and put together its best period of the night as it netted two goals. Tess Dusik (F, Sr., Oak Bluff, Manitoba) got the Beavers going with a short-handed goal 57 seconds into the period to cut the UMD lead to 4-2. About seven minutes later, Kristine Grenier (F, Jr., St. Leon, Manitoba) got centering pass from Whitney Wivoda (F, R-So., Fairbanks, Alaska) and put it away for her sixth goal of the season. With Grenier's goal, the Beavers were only down one with over 10 minutes left in the third period.
The two teams would battle for the last ten-plus minutes of the period with little to show for it. Bemidji State would pull Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) with just under two minutes left in the frame, and UMD would make the Beavers as it scored an empty-net goal to make the score 5-3 which turned out to be the final score.
Mowat made 24 saves in the loss for the Beavers and dropped to 9-12-3 on the season.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 4:07 p.m. in the series finale.