|2nd||9:17||BMJ||1-0||EV||Ciscely Nelson (2)||Lauren Miller/7, Briana Jorde/2|
|2nd||15:16||STC||1-1||EV||Kayla Friesen (7)||Payge Pena/7, Janna Haeg/4|
|3rd||15:43||BMJ||2-1||EV GW||Alexis Joyce (4)||Emily Bergland/8|
|3rd||18:53||BMJ||3-1||EV EN||Lauren Miller (7)||Alexis Joyce/14|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||0||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||8||11||12||31|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (10-17-3)||0/2||1/2||0|
|St. Cloud State (9-19-4)||0/1||2/4||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (W, 9-16-3)||59:56||1||8||10||12||30|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (L, 9-14-4)||59:06||2||8||15||11||34|
ST. CLOUD-Sometimes the puck bounces your way, other times it doesn't. The latter proved true for the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (9-19-4, 7-16-3-2 WCHA) on Saturday as an unfortunate bounce late in the third period proved costly in its 3-1 Senior Day loss to Bemidji State (10-17-3, 6-17-3).
The defeat keeps the fifth place Huskies at 26 league points with just two regular season games to play. With one weekend left, SCSU sits one point ahead of sixth place Ohio State and four points in front of the seventh place Beavers.
With the score tied at one and just over four minutes left in regulation, Bemidji State broke out of its defensive zone off of a faceoff for a 2-on-1. The ensuing pass deflected off of senior forward Lauren Hespenheide's shin pad as she was back checking to prevent the opportunity and into the net for the game-winning goal.
"It is unlucky because the only thing we were trying to do was working hard to get back," head coach Eric Rud said. "It was a great play. (Hespenheide) was in the right spot and did everything right, but it just took an unfortunate bounce."
"We are disappointed, but this time of year you have to park it, turn around and get ready for next week.
BSU added an empty-netter with just over one minute remaining to seal the Huskies' fate.
After erupting for five goals in its win on Friday, SCSU was unable to re-kindle its offensive magic as it sought its first sweep in conference play this season. The Beaver defense cracked down on the opportunities it allowed-only 13 of the Huskies 31 shots on goal game could be considered prime scoring area chances.
"We did not play quite as well, offensively, as we did yesterday," Rud said. "But I give a lot of credit to Bemidji State. They played great, defensively, and didn't give us a lot of those chances that they did yesterday."
After a scoreless opening period, the two teams traded goals in the middle frame to set up the unpropitious ending. The Beavers opened the scoring just before the midway point before freshman forward Kayla Friesen collected a rebound and deposited her seventh marker of the season to knot the score.
Friesen's goal extended her point-scoring streak to four games-the longest for an SCSU player this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba has four points (2 2) over the life of her streak and six points (2 6) in her last six contests, overall.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Huskies celebrated the careers of their seven departing seniors-forwards Hespenheide, Payge Pena and Kelsey Saelens; defensemen Caroline Markstrom, Christa Moody and Jenna Redford; and goaltender Madeleine Dahl-who played their final game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
St. Cloud State returns to the ice, and closes out its 2016-17 regular season slate, on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 on the road against Minnesota Duluth. Game time is 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday against the Bulldogs. Saturday's game will be broadcast live by Fox Sports North.