Women’s Hockey travels to Connecticut for Nutmeg Classic
The Bemidji State University Women’s Hockey team continues play on the road this weekend and will travel to Hamden, Conn., to participate in the Nutmeg Classic hosted by Quinnipiac University. The Beavers (3-12-1) kick-off the tournament by facing the fourth-ranked Bobcats (12-1-0) Friday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 p.m. CT from M&T Bank Arena. Bemidji State will then face either University of Connecticut or Sacred Heart University, Saturday.
Bemidji State hits the half-way point of the season this weekend and travels east to partake in the Nutmeg Classic for the first time in program history. The Beavers have lost their last five games dating back to Oct. 29 and are 3-12-1 on the season. Bemidji State’s last win was on Oct. 28 a 2-1 victory over Minnesota State.
The Beavers will face host school Quinnipiac for the first time in program history and will also see Connecticut or Sacred Heart for the first time as well. Bemidji State is led on offense by sophomore defenseman Adriana Van De Leest who has totaled six points (6a) in 13 games this season but she has not recorded a point since Oct. 28. She is followed by Gabbie Smith, Shelby Breiland and Taylor Nelson who have each posted four points with Nelson and Smith recording two goals and Breiland has posted three assists.
Nelson, Smith, Raeley Carney, Genevieve Hendrickson, Calli Forsberg and Claire Vekich all lead the Beavers with two goals this season.
Bemidji State is averaging 1.19 goals per game which is last in the WCHA and 39th in the nation. The Beavers’ defense is allowing 4.19 goals per game also last in the conference and 40th in DI.
Bemidji State is seventh in the WCHA with a power-play percentage of .122 (5-41) but is 1-for-32 in the last 12 games.
The Beavers are seventh in the league with a penalty-kill percentage of .780 (39-50).
Bemidji State leads the conference with 281 blocked shots.
Junior goaltender Hannah Hogenson leads the WCHA and is sixth in the nation with 397 saves. She is 2-11-1 in 14 games played and has a 3.95 goals against average and .882 save percentage.