BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team held Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute to a program record low six shots on goal en-route to a series opening 2-0 win in Troy, N.Y. The Beavers (6-8-1, 4-6-0 WCHA) totaled a season-high 45 shots on goal while junior Clair DeGeorge and senior Jacqueline Kaasa scored the lone goals in the game.
The Beavers break a 19-year record that was set on Jan. 7, 2000 when the Beavers held Concordia University-Moorhead to seven shots on goal.
Redshirt junior Lauren Bench earned her second shutout of the season and eighth of her career after stopping all six shots by the Engineers (0-15-1, 0-6-0 ECAC). Junior Mak Langei posted two assists to lead the Beavers while seniors Kiki Radke and Haley Mack each had an assist.
Bemidji State started the scoring with Clair DeGeorge's second goal of the season 5:52 into the opening period. The Beavers dominated the period and out-shot the Engineers 9-0 in the opening frame.
The Beavers added to their lead in the second period with a power-play goal from senior Jacqueline Kaasa at 8:49 of the period for her second tally of the season and first since Oct. 11. Bemidji State totaled 21 shots against the Engineers in the period and led on the shot chart 30-4 when the period ended.
BSU responded in the third period by holding RPI to two shots in the final frame while generating 15 shots of its own. Engineers goaltender Ena Nystrom held the Beavers off of the scoreboard in the final period but earned the loss after the Engineer's offense failed to score.
Bench improved to 5-6-0 between the pipes for the Beavers while Nystrom falls to 0-10-1.
The Beavers were 1-for-4 while on the power play with Kaasa's tally during the game while their penalty kill held the Engineers empty on all three of their chances.
Bemidji State will go for the series sweep and its fourth consecutive win tomorrow afternoon when the two teams face-off for the series final tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST.