BEMIDJI, Minn. - Alex Citrowske (F, Jr., Savage, Minn.) posted her third goal of the season to bring the score to 2-1 early in the third period Saturday, but that was all the offense the Bemidji State could muster as its fell 3-1 to Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Wisconsin.
Like in yesterday's game, the Badgers and the Beavers skated to a 0-0 tie in the first frame. The Badgers threw 11 shots at BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba), and the BSU defense chipped in six blocked shots to help Mowat. Offensively, Stephanie Anderson (F, R-So., North St. Paul, Minn.) led Bemidji State with two shots on goal. The Beavers registered four for a total of six in the frame.
After the scoreless first period, Wisconsin's constant pressure on BSU's defense finally proved fruitful with a goal 3:18 into the second. With Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) in the penalty box for a slashing, Katy Josephs got UW on the scoreboard with help from Sarah Nurse and Sydney McKibbon.
It looked like BSU would answer back as it was awarded its own power-play chance on a UW tripping call, but it was the Badgers who found the back of the net as Brittany Ammerman scored a short-handed goal to extend the Badger lead, 2-0 going into the third period.
Citrowske scored 3:49 into the third stanza to cut Wisconsin's lead to 2-1. Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So, Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Madison Hutchinson (D, Fr., Manitou, Manitoba) were both credited with assists on the goal.
With new energy found in the shape of Citrowske's goal, the Beavers battled the Badgers hard the rest of the third period outshooting them 8-5. With just over a minute to play, BSU pulled goaltender Mowat for an extra attacker, but the Badgers got control of the puck and scored an empty-net goal to take a 3-1 lead, which turned out to be the final score.
The Beavers, now 9-13-2 and 6-11-1 WCHA play, return to action Jan. 24-25 as they travel to University of North Dakota. Both games have a start time scheduled for 7:07 p.m at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.