The Bemidji State Beavers (18-9-3, 13-9-2 WCHA) dominated the St. Cloud State women’s hockey team (11-14-4, 7-13-4 WCHA) Saturday afternoon at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies kept the shots close, only being outshot 25-22, but couldn’t find the net as they endured a 4-1 loss.
After losing in the shootout in Friday’s game, the Huskies came into Saturday’s game looking for revenge. They dominated the beginning of the game, continually firing away shots at Bemidji State goaltender Brittni Mowat, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Beavers would strike first, as Kaitlyn Tougas fired a shot past the shoulder of Katie Fitzgerald to give Bemidji State a 1-0 lead 11:56 into the period. Shortly after the goal, the Huskies continued the pressure when a shot by Kelsey Saelens hit the iron.
The score would remain, until early in the second period when Kelsey Saelens finally found the net 2:31 into the second period to tie the game at 1-1. The tie wouldn’t last long, as two more goals by Bailey Wright and Kaitlyn Tougas would give the Beavers a 3-1 lead going into the third period.
Down, but not out, the Huskies continued to create chances for themselves. The best opportunity of the night occurred on the power play, as the Beavers committed two penalties to give the Huskies a 5 on 3 advantage. The shots flowed in, however, Mowat stood tall and didn’t allow a goal.
Late in the third period, Stephanie Anderson would put the nail in the coffin as her shot sneaked by Fitzgerald to capture the 4-1 win.
With the loss, the Huskies remain tied for fifth in the WCHA standings, and travel to the University of North Dakota next weekend for a matchup with the Fighting Hawks at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Feb. 12-13th.