BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University women's hockey senior Clair DeGeorge scored two goals including the game-winning overtime goal 50 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime period to hand the Beavers (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) their first win of the season by score of 3-2 over St. Cloud State University.
DeGeorge scored her second and third goals of the season to lead the Beavers while junior Ellie Moser scored her first goal of the game. Senior Kara Werth recorded two assists including the primary assist on the game-winning goal while senior Kerigan Dowhy earned her first win in net of the season after stopping 23-of-25 shots.
Bemidji State came out in the first period with more jump than they did in yesterday's series opener but were unable to get on the scoreboard and entered the first intermission locked at 0-0. Despite the Beavers' push, the Huskies would score the game's first goal 4:24 into the middle frame when Jenniina Nylund blocked a shot from the point and took it all the way for her third goal of the season.
However, the Beavers responded just 1:47 later when DeGeorge received a give-and-go pass from Mya Nuegent to score the equalizing goal at 6:11. The second period ended in the 1-1 tie and it wasn't until 8:03 into the final period when Moser skated down the right wing and sniped a slap shot that beat goaltender Emma Polusny glove side for the go-ahead goal.
St. Cloud State responded however, and 4:34 after Moser's goal, Emma Gentry corralled a loose puck in front of Dowhy and jammed in the game-tying goal. Neither team could find the back of the team in the remaining time and just like the night before, the two teams headed into the 3-on-3 overtime period to decide a winner.
Unlike last night, it would be Bemidji State on the victory end when DeGeorge redirected a Werth shot from the point and went five-hole to beat Polusny just 50 seconds into the extra frame, earning the Beavers their first win of the season and two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
The Beavers now hold three points in the standings with a 1-1-0 (1-1-0 WCHA) record and are in a three-way tie for fifth place.
Dowhy earned her first win of the season after stopping 23-of-25 shots to improve to 1-1-0 while Polusny falls to 1-3-0 after stopping 25-of-28 shots by the Beavers.
Bemidji State closes out the first-half of the 2020-21 season next weekend by traveling to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a two-game WCHA series December 17-18.