BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University women's hockey sophomore Lydia Passolt scored two goals in the first period to lead the Beavers (8-13-1, 5-7-1-0 WCHA) to a 4-1 victory over University of Minnesota Duluth in game one of their series. The win marks seventh consecutive win at home for the Beavers to extend its program record and BSU is now 7-0-1 in their last eight home games.
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Bench held to Bulldogs (7-10-2, 4-7-2-2 WCHA) to just one goal off of 30 shots for 29 saves and improves to 4-6-1 on the season. Sophomore Clair DeGeorge posted two assists in the game and now leads the Beavers with 13 points (6g-7a) while freshman Ellie Moser added a goal and assist to join DeGeorge and Passolt with two points.
The Beavers used a pair of goals late in the opening period from Passolt to jump out to a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. Passolt started the scoring with her second goal of the season at 13:55 of the period and then capitalized with her second goal of the game just 2:05 later to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs would answer in the next period however, when UMD earned a power play early period and Ashton Bell scored from the slot just 4:49 into the middle frame. The power play goal by the Bulldogs snapped a 27 penalty kill streak by the Beavers and is their first allowed goal on the power play since Nov. 9. Bemidji State responded quickly with a huge goal from junior Kiki Radke at 9:46 to retake the two-goal lead. Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the period and went into the locker room with the score showing 3-1, BSU.
The third period would be tightly contested throughout the 20 minutes with neither team giving the opponent much room. Bemidji State would benefit from a bounce late in the period when Moser blocked a shot from the point and took it all the way to the net to score her third goal of the season while also being tripped on the play. Moser's breakaway tally with 2:40 remaining deflated the Bulldogs after BSU was also awarded a power play on the play. Bemidji State would hold the puck in its offensive zone for much of the power play and earned the 4-1 victory.
Bemidji State outshot the Bulldogs 32-30 in the game including 14-8 in the first period. Bench was magnificent in net and stopped a flurry of chances by UMD to earn her fourth win of the season off of 29 saves including 14 in the second period. At the opposite end, Maddie Rooney allowed four goals on 32 shots and earns her tenth loss of the season to fall to 5-10-2.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth, who is receiving votes in both national polls, face-off once again for the series final tomorrow afternoon with an earlier start time at 1:07 p.m.