Beavers travel to St. Cloud State for regular season finale
The 2019-20 regular season winds down for the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team and Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff seeding is starting to become more and more clear after every game. The Beavers (14-15-3, 8-12-2-0 WCHA) currently hold fifth in the WCHA standings with 26 points and concludes their regular season by traveling to seventh-place St. Cloud State University for a two-game, league series. The Beavers are battling with Minnesota State University, Mankato for fifth place and hold an eight-point lead over the Mavericks who have four games remaining. Bemidji State travels to St. Cloud, Minn., for its final meeting with the Huskies (5-20-4, 1-18-1-0 WCHA) beginning with game one Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:07 p.m., followed by game two Saturday at 3:07 p.m.
The Beavers and Huskies will meet for the 94th and 95th meeting in the all-time series that dates back to Jan. 22, 1999. Bemidji State holds a 46-38-9 edge in the all-time series record including winning the past seven meetings. The Beavers are 3-0 against the Huskies during the 2019-20 season after earning a series sweep in Bemidji Dec. 6-7 and earning a 1-0 overtime victory in game one of the Minnesota Cup, Jan. 4. When playing in St. Cloud, the Beavers are 20-20-5 and swept last season’s series in St. Cloud. In their last meeting, redshirt junior Lauren Bench posted a 23-save shutout and senior Abby Halluska scored the game-winning overtime goal for the 1-0 victory over the Huskies to send the Beavers to the championship game of the Minnesota Cup. In their series at home, Kiki Radke and Halluska led the Beavers to two wins by each recording three points off of two goals and an assist for Radke and a goal and two assists for Halluska. Sixth-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 17-7-1 coaching against the Huskies while first-year head coach Steve Macdonald is 0-3-0 coaching against the Beavers.