BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team fell 5-1 to Providence College Friday afternoon in non-conference action. Senior Jacqueline Kaasa scored the lone goal for the Beavers (1-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) but a four-goal second period for the Friars (2-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) derailed Bemidji State.
Bemidji State outshot the Friars 32-16 but it was Friars goaltender Clare Minnerath who backstopped Providence to victory after Minnerath stopped 31-of-32 shots by the Beavers.
Providence began the scoring with a goal from Hayley Lunny at 11:17 of the first period. Bemidji State would then respond in the second period when Kaasa scored her first goal of the season at 7:52 to tie the game. However, Providence rallied to score thee consecutive goals within 3:26 to take a commanding lead at 4-1. Neve Van Pelt began the scoring for the Friars at 10:31 while Sara Hjalmarsson followed with a goal just 36 seconds later. Hjalmarsson scored her second goal of the game just 2:50 later to put the Friars up three and just before the second period ended, Marueen Murphy scored with four seconds remaining for the final goal of the game.
Junior Kerigan Dowhy earned the loss in net after allowing three goals on 14 shots and was pulled after the Friars' third goal in favor of sophomore Lexi Baker who allowed two goals on seven shots.
Bemidji State went 0-for-2 on the power play while Providence scored one goal in its two power play chances.
Bemidji State will try for the series split tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet again at 2:07 p.m.