Late Bona Goal Lifts Minnesota Past Bemidji State, 3-2
Senior forward Rachael Bona scores game-winning goal for Gophers

Senior forward Rachael Bona scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 10:16  BMJ1-0 EV Alexandria Citrowske (4)Alexis Joyce/13
2nd 5:36  MIN1-1 EV Dani Cameranesi (20)Hannah Brandt/34, Milica McMillen/14
2nd 8:53  MIN2-1 EV Hannah Brandt (27)Dani Cameranesi/33, Rachel Ramsey/23
3rd 6:22  BMJ2-2 EV Kaitlyn Tougas (12)Alexandria Citrowske/4, Ivana Bilic/16
3rd 18:15  MIN3-2 EV GW Rachael Bona (13)Milica McMillen/15, Lee Stecklein/18
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota  0213
Bemidji State  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota  10191443
Bemidji State  86519
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota (28-2-4)  0/0 0/0 0
Bemidji State (18-14-1)  0/0 0/0 0
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 23-2-3)60:002 76417
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brittni Mowat (L, 16-10-1)59:403 10171340
Empty Net0:200     

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - A late third period goal helped No. 2 University of Minnesota defeat the Bemidji State University Friday afternoon at Sanford Center, 3-2. The loss moves BSU to 18-14-1 overall and 13-13-1 in league play, while Minnesota improves to 29-2-4 and 22-2-4 in conference action.

Bemidji State struck first as senior Alex Citrowske scored her fourth goal of the season at the ten minute, sixteen second mark of the first period to give her team an 1-0 lead. Following Citrowske's goal, the Beavers' defense stiffened as they blocked 15 Minnesota shots and goaltender Brittni Mowat made 10 saves to keep BSU in front heading into the first intermission.

Minnesota came out and peppered BSU's defense with 19 shots in the second period. Two of the 19 found the back of the net as Dani Cameranesi at 5:36 and Hannah Brandt at 8:53 each scored to give the Golden Gophers their first lead of the contest.

The Beavers tied the game at two with 6:22 gone in the third period with a goal from Kaitlyn Tougas. Tougas, who has scored a point in five straight games, was assisted on the play by Citrowske and Ivana Bilic.

Despite the goal by Tougas, the Golden Gophers found the difference maker at 18:15 with a goal from Rachael Bona to give them a 3-2 lead, which was the final score.

Goaltender Brittni Mowat made 40 saves, which was her most in a game since Jan. 16 against Wisconsin. Despite the 40 stops, Mowat's record drops to 16-10-1.

Notes on Bemidji State

- Senior Alex Citrowske notched her fourth career multi-point game and second against Minnesota with a goal and an assist. Citrowske has four goals and four assists in her final season as a Beaver.

- Junior Kaitlyn Tougas extended her point streak to five games with a goal in the third period. The five-game point streak is a career-high for Tougas and is the longest for any BSU player this season.

- Neither team committed a penalty in the game. It is the first time BSU has not committed an infraction in a game this season. It is also the fifth time in program history the Beavers have stayed out of the penalty box for an entire game with the last coming Oct. 26, 2013 against Minnesota.

- Defenseman Ivana Bilic tallied her 16th assist of the season on Tougas' third period goal. The 16 assists move Bilic into a tie with former Beaver Erika Wheelhouse (2011-12) for the third-most assists by a defenseman in a single season.

- With the loss, Bemidji State moves to 5-59-7 all-time against Minnesota. Despite the series opening loss, the Beavers can still win the season series against Minnesota for the first time in program history with a victory in the series finale.

Next up: Bemidji State will close out its regular season and its series with Minnesota tomorrow. The first faceoff is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. at Sanford Center. Tickets for tomorrow's game are just $1 at the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window.