Women’s hockey scores four goals, its season high, to break losing skid

LINDENWOOD, Mo. – Bemidji State University’s women’s hockey team scored four goals, a season-high, to end their six-game winless streak on Friday night in their series opener at Lindenwood University. The Beavers (3-8-2, 1-8-1 WCHA) beat the Lions (1-12-0, 1-3-0 CHA) 4-1 in the game with four different goals from the Beavers.

Fifth-year senior Lindsey Featherstone opened the scoring just 2:30 left with her first goal of the season while rookie Alyssa Watkins earned her first college point on the game. The Beavers increased their lead to 2 -0 just 5:59 later when fifth-year senior Paige Beebe scored a shorthanded goal, the Beavers’ first shorthanded goal of the season. Lindenwood responded before the end of the period when Chloe Corbin scored with just 5:24 left in the opening frame, but BSU would head into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Bemidji State continued their aggressive play in the second period and at 7:56 into the halfway point rookie Claire Vekich scored her second goal of the season to extend the Beavers lead to two goals. Senior Graysen Myers then increased the score to 4-1 with a power play goal at 14:50 of the period to score his fourth goal of the season.

Myers’ tally would be the final score of the match as BSU claimed the 4-1 victory.

Sophomore Hannah Hogenson had another good game in goal and turned away 29 of the Lions’ 30 shots for her second win and improve her record to 2-5-2.

Bemidji State outscored Lindenwood 40-30 in the game as Lions goaltender Julia Maquire earned the loss after allowing four goals on 30 shots in 36 minutes of work before being replaced by Emily Finach who turned back all 10 shots. which she faced in 24 minutes.

The Beavers got four powerplay in the game and went 1-on-4 with the extra skater as their short-handedness nullified the Lions’ five chances and scored a shorthanded goal.

Myers finished the game with a goal and an assist while rookie Ella Anick recorded two assists for her first collegiate points while Beebe (1g), junior Reece Hunt (1a), Featherstone (1g), Vekich (1g) Watkins (1a) each recorded a point.

Bemidji State will participate in its first sweep of the season tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet for the second game at 2:10 p.m.

Nestled in the wooded region of northern Minnesota and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 college athletic programs with NCAA Division I male and female hockey members at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs are members of the Northern Sun. Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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Catherine J. Martinez