BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Kiki Radke and Emily Bergland scored third period goals to pull Bemidji State to within a goal of No. 1 Clarkson, but the Golden Knights added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to secure the victory, 5-3, and stymie the Beavers' rally.
Radke, Bergland and Lydia Passolt each scored for the Beavers (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) while junior defender Briana Jorde recorded two assists in the game. Sophomore Kerigan Dowhy earned her first start of the season and made 14 saves.
Clarkson got on the scoreboard first late in the first period when Josiane Pozzebon scored with just 1:22 remaining. The Golden Knights wouldn't be finished there however, and just 23 seconds later Elizabeth Giguere extended CU's lead to 2-0.
Clarkson used that momentum in the second period and just 1:03 into the middle frame, Pozzebon tallied her second of the game. The Golden Knights were finished and at 8:55, Loren Gabel found the back of the net for her first goal of the season. Bemidji Stated needed a response and got one from sophomore forward Lydia Passolt when she deflected a shot from freshman Ellie Moser and in to put the Beavers on the board at 16:57 of the period.
Bemidji State carried that momentum into the third period and just 4:48 in, junior Kiki Radke tapped in a loose puck in the crease to pull within two of the Golden Knights. The Beavers rallied behind Radke's goal and at 12:11, Bergland found space behind the Golden Knight's defense and buried her first goal of the season. Bemidji State pulled its goaltender with two minutes remaining and T.T. Cianfarano was able to send a long clear into the empty net with 55 seconds remaining to seal the 5-3 victory.
The Beavers out shot the Golden Knights for the second consecutive game at 35-19 but Kassidy Sauve stood on her head for once again to stymie the Beavers, earning 32 saves and improving her overall record to 2-0-0. Dowhy earned her first loss of the season after stopping 14-of-15.
The Beavers (0-2-0) now pack their bags for Providence, R.I. where they will meet the Friars of Providence College for a non-conference series, Oct. 5-6. The teams will open the series will get underway from Schneider Arena at 5 p.m. Friday evening with a 1 p.m. matinee Sunday set as the series finale.