BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Stephanie Anderson (F, R-So., North St. Paul, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) to lift the Bemidji State University women's hockey team past St. Cloud State University, 2-1 Saturday afternoon. BSU improves to 9-11-2 overall and 6-9-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play while St. Cloud State drops to 4-17-3 overall and 3-13-2 WCHA.
The two teams would start the game locked into a defensive battle as neither team was able to find its offensive groove. The Beavers had the only power-play opportunity of the period thanks to a cross-checking penalty called against the Huskies, but were unable to score. BSU had the slight edge in shots over SCSU in the opening frame, nine to eight, but neither squad was able to light the lamp as the first period ended in a 0-0 tie.
The offense started to flow a bit more freely in the second stanza. After being outshot in the first frame, SCSU controlled the puck in its zone for most of the period and outshot BSU 11-6 in the second, buoyed by six shots on a pair of power-play chances. BSU's penalty-killing unit was up to the task however, and snuffed out both of those chances. The two squads would enter the third frame with the scoreboard reading 0-0.
Opening the third period with no score, both teams were desperate for anything to get their offense jumpstarted. The Huskies were able to sneak one past Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) at the 11:50 mark to finally break the tie.
After the Huskies took the lead, the Beavers started taking more offensive chances, seeking a break. That something broke when the Huskies committed a slashing call at 14:58 giving the Beavers a power-play chance. A minute into the power play, Rachael Kelly got a centering pass from Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) and slipped one passed the SCSU goalie to tie the game 1-1.
About a minute later, Kelly found Anderson with a centering pass and Anderson unleashed a slap shot to win the game for the Beavers.
Bemidji State's offensive intensity translated into 25-8 edge in shots on goal in the final period.
Mowat made 26 saves for her ninth win of the season. Her ninth win of the season ties her with former Beaver goalie Bre Dredrickson for the most wins by a freshman netminder in a season. Her record moves to 9-8-2 with the victory.
The Beavers return to Sanford Center for another WCHA series when they host University of Wisconsin next weekend. The puck drop is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.