|3rd||11:46||BMJ||1-0||EV GW||Stephanie Anderson (14)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (21-16-1)||0/1||2/4||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (W, 19-12-1)||60:00||0||10||17||10||37|
|Amanda Leveille (L, 25-3-3)||58:36||1||6||5||6||17|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team continued its record-breaking season with a 1-0 win over No. 2 University of Minnesota in the first Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Faceoff Semifinal Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Beavers, who are now 21-16-1 overall this season, will play the winner of the University of Wisconsin/University of North Dakota game later this evening Sunday in the WCHA Final Faceoff Championship game. The puck drop is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. Sunday.
Minnesota controlled the flow of the game in the first two periods creating 27 shots on goal, while holding BSU to 11. In addition to the shots on goal, Minnesota also had the lone power-play chance in the first two periods. Despite the disparity of shots and the man-advantage chance, the two teams went into the third period knotted at 0-0.
BSU finally broke the stalemate when Stephanie Anderson stole the puck from a Minnesota defender and scored an unassisted goal at the 11:46 mark of the third period. Anderson's goal was quickly brought under review because she was drug down on the play and in doing so seemed to kick the puck in, but the goal stood and the Beavers were rewarded their first power-play chance of the game.
The Golden Gophers were able to kill off the penalty and received a man-advantage chance of their own at 15:24. BSU's penalty-killing unit snuffed out Minnesota's power-play chance to keep it an 1-0 game.
In an effort to tie the game, Minnesota pulled goaltender Amanda Leveille with 1:24 left to go in regulation but BSU's defense did not break and held on for the 1-0 victory.
Goaltender Brittni Mowat made 37 saves and earned her 19th victory of the season. It was also her seventh shutout of the season and second against Minnesota.
Notes on Bemidji State
- Stephanie Anderson tallied her 14th goal of the season in the third period, which is the seventh-most in a single season by a BSU player. Former Beaver Guylaine Haiche also had 14 during the 2001-02 season.
- Brittni Mowat notched her seventh shutout this season, which sets a new program record for the most shutouts in a single season.
- BSU improves to 6-60-7 all-time against Minnesota, which includes a 2-2-1 mark against the Golden Gophers this season. It is the second time in program history that BSU has had two wins against Minnesota in one season with the other coming in 2011-12.
- Bemidji State had three postseason victories coming into this season, but with today's win the Beavers have their third postseason victory this season.
- The Beavers will compete for their first ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament tomorrow afternoon in the WCHA Final Faceoff Championship game.