BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team lost to University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1. Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) scored an extra-attacker goal with just 13 seconds left in regulation to cut the deficit to one goal, but the Beavers were unable to complete the comeback.
Bemidji State controlled the flow of the game early as it outshot the Bulldogs 8-5 in the first frame. The differential could have been much more as UMD blocked eight shots.
The Beavers had the only power-play chance in the period, but had no luck. The teams went into the locker room for the first intermission with the score tied 0-0.
The Beavers continued to hold the advantage for the most of the second as they again outshot UMD by three in the period (10-7). Unfortunately for BSU, the Bulldogs were able to break the tie at the 17:59 mark with a goal from Ashleigh Brykaliuk. It was Brykaliuk's third goal of the series and her tenth overall. The goal stood as the only scoring in the frame as UMD had the lead going into the final period, 1-0.
Both teams turned up the intensity in the third period. The teams combined for five penalties were called in the third frame after just one was assessed during the two periods. The Bulldogs would take advantage of one of those penalties to score a power-play goal at 11:17 to extend its lead, 2-0.
Minnesota Duluth extended its lead to three at 14:49, as it appeared that a UMD player had scored. However after the goal, the net was knocked off and a few players were sprawled out on the ice. The referees reviewed the play and overturned the original call due to a player being in the crease, so the score remained 2-0.
Like in last night's contest, BSU pulled goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) late in the game for an extra attacker. This time proved fruitful as Tougas scored her sixth goal of the season with 13 seconds remaining in the period. Despite a flurry in the final seconds, the goal proved to be too little too late for the Beavers as the Bulldogs held on for a 2-1 victory.
Mowat was saddled with the loss despite making 20 saves. Her record moves to 9-13-3 this season.
Today's setback stood as the 13th one-goal game for the Beavers this season. BSU is now 6-6-1 in such contests.
The Beavers (9-16-3, 6-14-2 WCHA) will return to action Feb. 7-8 when they travel to current No. 1 University of Minnesota for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ridder Arena.