BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University women's hockey redshirt sophomore Lauren Bench posted a 26-save shutout in game two of the Beavers' Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with St. Cloud State University for her second consecutive shutout. The Beavers (4-12-1, 4-7-1-0 WCHA) defeated the Huskies (5-13-1, 2-10-0-0 WCHA) 2-0 in the game with freshman Ellie Moser scoring her first collegiate goal and the decisive game winner in the first period.
Bench earned her third shutout of the season and improved to 2-5-1 in the crease and kept opponents off the scoreboard over the last 119:50 of play.
The Beavers earned their second sweep of the season and garnered a total of six points in the WCHA standings over the weekend and now sit fourth with 12 points.
Bench was given an early lead to play off of in thanks to freshman Ellie Moser who scored her first collegiate goal off of a shot from the right circle at 2:15 of the opening period. Bench and the Beavers' defense would need just the lone goal and held the Huskies off the scoreboard through all three periods. The Huskies bounced back in the second period and turned momentum in their favor but Bench stood tall and stopped all 13 shots in the middle frame.
Bemidji State iced the game late in the third period when SCSU pulled goaltender Emma Polusny in favor of the extra attacker at 1:48. Haley Mack capitalized and scored her fourth goal of the series into the empty net with 44 seconds remaining to seal the 2-0 victory.
Bench finished with 26 saves in the game and earned her second win of the season to improve to 2-5-1 and earned her fifth career shutout. St. Cloud State's netminder Polusny stopped 34-of-36 shots by the Beavers and falls to 3-5-0 on the season.
Bemidji State earned two power plays in the game but couldn't find the back of the net with the extra attacker. SCSU had four power plays of their own in the game but the Beavers' penalty kill stymied the Huskies and stopped all four chances. The Beavers penalty kill have now killed off 16 consecutive power plays and are 40-of-45 on the season.
Bemidji State will hit the road next weekend before the holiday break and travels to face Mercyhurst College for a non-conference series in Erie, Pa., Dec. 7-8.