BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team tied a program record with its sixth consecutive win Saturday afternoon after defeating St. Cloud State University, 3-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series finale.
Senior Haley Mack scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist while Abby Halluska posted a goal and assist as well and Kiki Radke scored her fifth goal of the season to increase her point streak to five games. Redshirt junior Lauren Bench stopped 22-of-24 shots by the Huskies (4-12-1, 0-12-0 WCHA) while the Beavers (9-8-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) outshot SCSU 38-24.
Bemidji State began its scoring streak in the first period when Abby Halluska forced a Husky turnover and scored on the ensuing breakaway for her third goal of the season at 7:32 of the opening frame. The first period ended with the one-goal lead for the Beavers but Bemidji State added to its total in the second period when Kiki Radke scored a short-handed goal, her first career short-handed goal, with eight minutes into the second period. BSU used that momentum to score its third consecutive goal just 3:36 later when Haley Mack one-timed a Reece Hunt pass for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
However, the Huskies responded just 59 seconds after Mack's goal when Hannah Bates forced a turnover and scored her first career goal after beating Bench with a five-hole shot. The Huskies used that momentum to pull within one of the Beavers late in the middle frame when Klara Hymlarova scored on an odd-man rush after Laura Kluge returned to the ice after serving a penalty with 1:51 remaining.
However, the third period would favor the Beavers as Bemidji State totaled 14 shots in the period and out-shot St. Cloud State 14-7. A key factor for the Beavers' constant pressure was BSU gaining a seven-minute power play after SCSU's Dana Rasmussen served a two-minute minor for slashing and five-minute major for cross checking halfway through the period. Unfortunately, BSU came up empty on the man-advantage but held play in their zone away from the Beavers' net.
Bemidji State earned its second consecutive league series sweep with the win and tie a program record with its sixth consecutive victory, a record set during the 2017-18 season.
At the end of the first half of league play, the Beavers hold fourth in the WCHA standings with 18 points, three ahead of University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Beavers close out the 2019 calendar year by traveling to Schenectady, N.Y., to face Union College for a non-conference series, Dec. 14-15.