|3rd||4:42||MND||1-0||EV||Brigette Lacquette (7)||Jenna McParland/16, Kateřina Mrázová/18|
|3rd||19:26||BMJ||1-1||EV EA||Hanna Moher (8)||Alexis Joyce/14, Stephanie Anderson/9|
|OT||12:08||BMJ||2-1||EV GW||Kaitlyn Tougas (13)||Stephanie Anderson/10, Alexandria Citrowske/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (20-16-1)||0/6||5/10||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (20-12-5)||0/4||7/14||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Brittni Mowat (W, 18-12-1)||71:34||1||11||11||8||5||35|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kayla Black (L, 19-12-5)||71:52||2||7||7||6||5||25|
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team was 33.9 seconds away from getting the result it deserved Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it was 33.9 seconds too long.
The No. 9 Bulldogs were stunned by Bemidji State University, who scored 12:08 into overtime to steal the 2-1 win and secure a trip to the Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation's Final Face-Off next weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. The loss puts UMD 20-12-5 overall, and more than likely out of an NCAA Regional berth.
"I'm really proud of them, we worked hard and we played well," said head coach Shannon Miller. "We deserved a better ending, we deserved a better fate for the end of our season. I'm really proud of my team, proud of the seniors, proud of my captains."
For the second time time in two days, UMD and BSU were scoreless through the first 40 minutes of action. That stalemate was broken 4:42 into the third period off a face-off play that Miller and the Bulldogs have commonly employed, but arguably never sweeter this season. Sophomore center Katerina Mrázová won the face-off back to senior winger Jenna McParland, who found senior blueliner Brigette Lacquette charging alone in the slot. The rest was vintage Lacquette, with a deke around Beaver goaltender Brittni Mowat and an empty net to bury her backhand in.
UMD would make it interesting, picking up a penalty with 3:38 remaining in regulation, but the Bulldog penalty-kill was again dominant, shutting BSU down for a sixth time on the day and 12th time in the series. By the time UMD hit full strength with just 1:38 remaining in the third period, it appeared the Bulldogs had gotten past the worst.
Armed with an extra player after the Beavers pulled Mowat with 55 seconds remaining, BSU gained possession in the UMD zone, and at the 33.9 mark, Hanna Moher had just enough time in front of Bulldog netminder Kayla Black to find a way to finally solve her for the first time in roughly 129:30 of action.
The goal forced extra time for the seventh time on the season for UMD, and despite the Bulldogs hitting one of its three pipes in the game early in the overtime, the Beavers capitalized on a 3-on-2 odd rush at 12:08 to net the game-winning goal, courtesy of Kaitlyn Tougas. UMD wore No. 49 decals on the back of its helmets over the weekend in honor of Julianne "Montana" Vasichek.Bulldog players wore No. 49 decals on the back of their helmets both Saturday and Sunday in honor of Julianne "Montana" Vasichek. UMD outshot the Beavers 36-27 in the game. Black had 25 saves in the contest for UMD, while Mowat turned away 35 for BSU, who improves to 20-6-1 with the win and will play the No. 2 University of Minnesota next weekend in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Face-Off.
The loss more than likely ends the careers of seven Bulldog seniors, including captain forward Zoe Hickel, captain defenseman Emma Stauber, alternate captain McParland, Lacquette, alternate captain Brienna Gillanders, winger Meghan Huertas and defenseman Tea Villila.
"I can't express how proud of this group I am," said a emotional Hickel after the game. "I can't express how much I absolutely love these kids."
BULLDOG NOTES: Julianne "Montana" Vasichek underwent a successful liver transplant Saturday and was doing well Sunday afternoon at press time ... UMD ends the season with a 3-4 record against Bemidji State, who it was unable to win back-to-back games against this year ... All-time the Bulldogs are 62-8-2 against the Beavers ... UMD is now 32-14 in the WCHA postseason and 18-6 in quarterfinal contests ... This marks only the second time in program history the Bulldogs have not advanced from the first round of the WCHA playoffs ... UMD still finished with 20 wins, the 14th time out of a possible 16 seasons that Miller and the have Bulldogs posted 20 or more victories in a season ... Brigette Lacquette jumps into a tie as the third highest goal scoring defenseman in UMD history with 20 goals.