SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Bemidji State University women's hockey senior Haley Mack scored her second career hat trick to power the Beavers to a 3-2 victory over Union College and their eighth consecutive victory. Mack is now one of three players in Bemidji State history to record multiple hat tricks behind Amber Fryklund (3) and tied with Erin Cody (2).
Sophomore Lexi Baker also earned her first career victory in net after stopping 16-of-18 shots by the Dutchwomen (2-14-3, 2-4-1 ECAC) in just her second career start. In just her third game back from injury, sophomore Ellie Moser recorded a career-high three assists after earning the primary assist on all three Haley Mack goals.
The Beavers end the first half of the season with an 11-8-1 record and their 11 wins are the most wins during the first half of the season since the Beavers went 13-5-2 during the 2015-16 season en route to a program record 22 wins.
It seemed like the first period would end similar to yesterday in a scoreless frame, but with just 18 seconds left in the opening period senior Haley Mack backhanded a shot to score her team-leading 10th goal of the season for the 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Bemidji State held a shot advantage as well and led 8-5 on the shot chart.
Mack wasted no time in the second period to score her second goal of the game after she sniped the puck past goaltender Bella Mckee just 2:50 seconds into the middle frame. She then earned her second career hat trick with her third consecutive goal at the 11:18 mark of the period. With her 12th goal of the season, Mack set a new career-high with 14 games remaining in the regular season and has 35 career goals which is tied for eighth most in program history. However, the Dutchwomen would take advantage of a 5-on-3 power play late in the period and end the shutout with Megan Ryan's third goal of the season with 1:27 remaining.
The Dutchwomen used that momentum in the final period and cut their deficit to 3-2 just 1:51 into the final frame when Rachel de Perio netted her third goal of the season. Union out-shot Bemidji State 7-6 in the final period but Baker and the Beavers' remained strong and held off the Dutchwomen's attack to secure the one-goal victory to end 2019.
Bemidji State ended the game out-shooting the Dutchwomen 25-18 while Union finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and BSU came up empty on both of its chances.
The Beavers are back in action after the new year to compete in the Minnesota Cup held at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., and will face St. Cloud State University, Jan. 3 followed by either Minnesota State University, Mankato or University of Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 4.