ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team scored two goals in the second period to overcome a two-goal deficit and tie St. Cloud State University, 2-2, Saturday afternoon in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series finale. The Beavers earned the extra point in the league standings by winning the shootout 1-0 off the stick of sophomore Mya Neugent.
Senior Clair DeGeorge and freshman Taylor Nelson each scored for the Beavers including Nelson's first collegiate goal while senior goaltender Kerigan Dowhy stopped 30-of-32 shots including all shooters in the shootout.
St. Cloud State got a quick start to the game when Taylor Lind scored just 2:18 into the opening frame. The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 when Emma Gentry sniped the puck past Dowhy off of a face-off play at the 7:52 mark of the first period. SCSU would hold the two-goal lead into the first intermission despite the Beavers holding a 14-10 shot advantage.
The second period would be a battle between the two teams but the Beavers finally broke through the Huskies defense 14:06 into the middle frame when Clair DeGeorge scored on a partial breakaway for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. The Beavers would use that momentum before the period's end and 1:21 before the second intermission, freshman Taylor Nelson batted in a rebounded Mak Langei shot to score her first collegiate goal and point and tie the game at 2-2. Sophomore Paige Anderson earned the secondary assist on the goal and earned her first collegiate point as well. After the period's end, the Beavers held a 23-20 shot advantage over the Huskies.
Neither team would be able to best the goaltenders in the third period and for the third time this season, the two teams would head to the 3-on-3 overtime. Bemidji State had a flurry of chances during the extra period including a breakaway by freshman Gabbie Smith but Husky goaltender Sanni Ahola stood strong and turned aside all five shots by the Beavers.
Dowhy was strong in net during the shootout by stopping two attempts by the Huskies while Neugent scored the lone goal during the shootout to earn the extra point in league standings.
The Beavers finished the game by outshooting the Huskies 36-32 and killed off both power-play chances by the Huskies.
Dowhy stopped 30-of-32 shots by the Huskies while her record moves to 1-6-2 on the season while Ahola finished the game with 34-of-36 saves and is now 1-3-1 on the season.
Bemidji State returns home next weekend and will host University of Minnesota Duluth for the only time this season Jan. 22-23.