Stalder's Four Points Lead Minnesota Duluth Past Bemidji State, 5-1
Senior forward Lara Stalder scores three goals and assist for Bulldogs

Senior forward Lara Stalder scored three goals and an assist for the Bulldogs
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 12:26  MND1-0 EV Lara Stalder (13)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/15
2nd 6:13  MND2-0 EV GW Lara Stalder (14)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/16
2nd 10:54  MND3-0 EV Lara Stalder (15)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/17, Catherine Daoust/5
3rd 1:57  BMJ1-3 EV Emily Bergland (8)Summer Thibodeau/3, Alexis Joyce/9
3rd 12:27  MND4-1 EV Linnea Hedin (1)Kateřina Mrázová/8
3rd 18:56  MND5-1 EV Katherine McGovern (13)Lara Stalder/22
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Duluth  1225
Bemidji State  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Duluth  21141348
Bemidji State  913527
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Duluth (16-4-3)  0/1 2/4 0
Bemidji State (9-13-1)  0/1 2/4 0
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Maddie Rooney (W, 16-4-3)60:001 913426
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittni Mowat (L, 8-12-1)60:005 20121143

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell to No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth, 5-1 Friday night in the opening game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Senior Brittni Mowat made 43 saves but Mowat and the Beavers' defense had trouble slowing down senior forward Lara Stalder who netted a hat trick and totaled four points on the night.

Sophomore Emily Bergland scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season for the lone Beaver goal while Summer Thibodeau and Alexis Joyce each tallied assists.

Minnesota Duluth controlled the pace during the first period and outshot Bemidji State 21-9 in the opening period. UMD's Stalder scored her first goal of the day 12:26 in the first for the early lead. However, Mowat was excellent in net and held the Bulldogs to just the lone goal after facing 21 shots.

Stalder and the Bulldogs continued to set the pace when the senior scored two goals in the first 11 minutes of the second period to extend the second-ranked team's lead to 3-0 over the Beavers. The Beavers skated well with their opponent despite the two goals and totaled 13 shots on sophomore goaltender Maddie Rooney. Rooney made all 13 stops for UMD however, and held a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.

The Beavers got off to a quick start to the third period and Bergland scored just 1:57 into the period. Bemidji State pushed play in their offensive zone but Minnesota Duluth extended its lead to 4-1 when Linnea Hedin scored at 12:27. The Bulldogs added another goal when Katherine McGovern scored with just 1:04 remaining.

In total, the Bulldogs' top line of Stalder, Ashleigh Brykaliuk and McGovern totaled eight of the teams 11 points in the game.

Minnesota Duluth outshot the Beavers 48-27 while Rooney made 26-of-27 saves to improve to 16-4-3 while Mowat falls to 8-12-1 on the season.

The Beavers and Bulldogs will meet again tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the series held at Sanford Center for a 3:07 p.m. puck drop.

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