Bemidji State Edges Past Minnesota Duluth, 2-1, To Open WCHA Playoffs
Senior forward Emma Terres scores game-winning goal for Beavers

Senior forward Emma Terres scored the game-winning goal for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 14:05  MND1-0 EV Sydney Brodt (5)Anna Klein/2, Linnea Hedin/4
2nd 17:26  BMJ1-1 EV Bailey Wright (4)Mak Langei/14
3rd 7:13  BMJ2-1 PP GW Emma Terres (10)Alexis Joyce/16, Emily Bergland/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  0112
Minnesota Duluth  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  108927
Minnesota Duluth  5121330
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (15-17-3)  1/1 1/2 0
Minnesota Duluth (14-15-4)  0/1 1/2 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kerigan Dowhy (W, 4-0-1)60:001 5111329
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jessica Convery (L, 14-13-3)58:502 107825
Empty Net1:100     

In a game that mirrored the regular season between the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Bemidji State University women's hockey teams, the Beavers took round one.

The Beavers netted a power play goal midway through the third period to take the first game of the best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series 2-1 at AMSOIL Arena. While the Bulldogs went 2-3 against BSU over the regular season, it marked just the third-ever win by a Beaver squad in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

"We were gripping our sticks a little tight and we were a little nervous in the first period, but then we settled in, " said head coach Maura Crowell. "The way we played in the second period is the way we need to play for 60 minutes. If we do that, we give ourselves a shot."

After a scoreless first period that favored BSU with a 10-5 shots on goal advantage, UMD's offense pushed back in the second period. The Bulldogs were rewarded for that effort when Anna Klein found a streaking Sydney Brodt on the far right boards. Brodt drove the net and ripped the finish low blocker side to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 14:05 into the stanza.

BSU equalized , however, at 17:26 in the second period on goal from Bailey Wright, and the game was a 1-1 draw into the second intermission.

The Beavers took advantage of a UMD team penalty - the only penalty of the game for the Bulldogs - at 6:50 of the third period. Emma Terres' blast from the point found twine, and UMD found themselves in a 2-1 hole at 7:13. The Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 13-9 in the final 20 minutes, but BSU's freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy made all 13 shots she faced and a total of 29 in the game.

Jessica Convery had 25 saves for the Bulldogs, who also outshot BSU 30-27 overall in the game. UMD, like BSU, had just one power play in the game, but its NCAA fifth-ranked power play was held scoreless for the first time in four games.

The Bulldogs and Beavers will battle again tomorrow at 2:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena in the second game of the best-of-three series.