Bemidji State Tops Minnesota Duluth, 5-3
Sophomore forward Jacqueline Kaasa posts goal and assist for Beavers

Sophomore forward Jacqueline Kaasa scored a goal and an assist for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 12:23  MND1-0 EV Ryleigh Houston (1)Ashton Bell/7, Michelle LŲwenhielm/5
2nd 17:29  MND2-0 PP Jessica Healey (3)Ryleigh Houston/9, Michelle LŲwenhielm/6
2nd 19:26  BMJ1-2 EV Abby Halluska (5)Briana Jorde/3, Haley Mack/10
3rd 5:46  BMJ2-2 EV Jacqueline Kaasa (7)Alexis Joyce/9
3rd 9:10  BMJ3-2 EV Bailey Wright (3)Mak Langei/11, Jacqueline Kaasa/7
3rd 11:19  BMJ4-2 EV GW Clair DeGeorge (4)Emma Terres/8, Paige Beebe/5
3rd 13:17  MND3-4 PP Jessica Healey (4)Ryleigh Houston/10, Kateřina MrŠzovŠ/9
3rd 19:45  BMJ5-3 EV EN Reilly Fawcett (1)Alexis Joyce/10, Emily Bergland/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  0145
Minnesota Duluth  0213
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  13111337
Minnesota Duluth  12131035
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (12-11-2)  0/2 2/4 0
Minnesota Duluth (9-12-1)  2/2 2/4 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Lauren Bench (W, 7-4-0)60:003 1211932
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jessica Convery (L, 9-10-1)59:074 1310932
Empty Net0:531     

DULUTH, Minn. - For 40 minutes Friday night, the Bulldogs looked like they would start the 2018 portion of their schedule off on the right foot. Unfortunately for the University of Minnesota Duluth, the other shoe dropped in the third period.

Bemidji State overcame a 2-0 deficit and scored four unanswered goals - including three in the third period - to knock off the Bulldogs at AMSOIL Arena 5-3. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest also proved costly for UMD, who now trails the Beavers, currently in fourth place, by six points in the league standings.

"I give credit to Bemidji, especially after we took the 2-0 lead," said assistant coach Laura Bellamy. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We had a good lead and when we needed to stick to our game plan, we got away from it and didn't protect the front of our net and it cost us. That's really the story of the game for us."

After a scoreless first period, UMD finally opened up the game midway through the second period on sophomore Ryleigh Houston's first goal as a Bulldog. Houston was at the top of the crease and redirected the puck just enough for it to beat BSU goaltender Lauren Bench's skate and in off the left post at 12:23. Then at the 17:29 mark, senior defenseman Jessica Healey, back in the line-up after skating with the Canadian Development Team last weekend, was on the doorstep to bury a behind the net pass that skipped through traffic from Houston on the power play. The Beavers finally got on the board 34.1 seconds before the second intermission, but it was UMD that carried a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes of play.

Just when it looked like the Bulldogs had control of the game, the third period swung offensively to BSU. In a matter of just under six minutes, the Beavers had scored three unanswered goals and taken a 4-2 lead by 11:12 of the stanza. Healey stopped BSU's offensive onslaught with her second goal of the night - and second on the power play - at 13:17. Healey one-timed a deflected shot by Jalyn Elmes from her knee just under the face-off dot, and like that, the Bulldogs trailed BSU by just a single goal at 4-3.

With renewed energy, UMD battled back and pulled goaltender Jessica Convery with 53 seconds remaining in the contest, but the empty net favored the Beavers on this night. Reilly Fawcett iced the game for BSU with 15 seconds left for the 5-3 league win.

Convery had 32 saves for UMD, while Bench had 32 for the Beavers, who improve to 12-11-2, 7-7-1-1). UMD had three players post multiple point nights, including Houston, who led the team with one goal and two assists for three points. Healey, along with Michelle Lowenhielm (two assists) had two points each for the Bulldogs, who fall to 9-12-1 and 5-9-1-1 in the WCHA.

UMD - which is now 1-3 against the Beavers this season - will host BSU for one final regular season tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at AMSOIL.

BULLDOG NOTES: UMD was without head coach Maura Crowell, who is in Dmitrov, Russia with the Under-18 U.S. squad that will play for a World Championship gold medal tomorrow.