BEMIDJI, Minn. - With two empty-net goals in the final 1:15, the Minnesota State University, Mankato women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State University, 4-1, in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday night. The Beavers (0-7-0, 0-3-0-0 WCHA) fall to 0-7-0 on the season, still looking for their first win, and host the Mavericks (4-3-0, 2-3-0-0 WCHA) again for the series finale tomorrow afternoon at 3:07 p.m.
The Beavers opened the scoring in the game when sophomore Kara Werth scored her first collegiate goal at 14:38 of the opening period. Bemidji State ended the period holding the one goal lead and continued to hold the lead 18 minutes into the second period. However, Minnesota State's Corbin Boyd recovered a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Beaver goaltender Lauren Bench with just 1:20 remaining to even the score.
Despite outshooting the Mavericks 12-7 in the final period, Minnesota State would be the lone team to change the scoreboard and scored three-unanswered goals in the final frame to earn the 4-1 victory. Rebekah Kolstad started the scoring after redirecting a pass from Jordan McLaughlin at 4:08. The score remained unchanged until Bemidji State pulled its goaltender with 1:45 to play. The Mavericks took advantage and scored two empty-net goals in the final minute. Kolstad tallied her second of the game to put MSU up 3-1 while Mariah Gardner scored with just 20 seconds remaining to put Minnesota State up three.
The Beavers ran into a hot goaltender again and were stymied by freshman Abigail Levy. Levy turned aside 30 of BSU's 31 shots on the night to earn her fourth win of the season and now boasts a season goals against average of 1.56 and .949 save percentage.
Bench allowed just two goals for the Beavers and made 19 saves but falls to 0-4-0 on the season.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State conclude their WCHA series tomorrow afternoon with puck drop at 3:07 p.m. from Sanford Center.