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Bemidji State women's hockey team shoots for title game

The Bemidji State women's hockey team takes on No. 2 ranked Minnesota-Duluth Saturday at 12:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena with the season on the line in the WCHA Final Face-Off.

The annual tournament crowns the WCHA playoff champion and rewards that team with an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament.

The Beavers and Bulldogs meet in the first semifinal with Minnesota and Ohio State to follow at 3:07 p.m.

Today's game marks the first appearance for the Beavers (12-8-7 overall, 9-12-7-3 WCHA) at the Final Face-Off. BSU advanced to this weekend's tournament by defeating St. Cloud State last weekend in a best-of-three series.

The opponent will be a challenge in WCHA regular season co-champion Minnesota-Duluth, which has won 16 of its last 17 games and carries a record of 26-8-2 overall (20-6-2-1 WCHA).

UMD won three of the four meetings between the two teams this season, with BSU taking two points by winning a shootout game in December.

The Beavers have never defeated the Bulldogs in regulation or overtime and UMD holds the all-time record 46-0-2.

The Bulldogs boast five Vancouver Olympians on its roster while the Beavers have one in Slovakian goalie Zuzana Tomcikova.

Tomcikova was named the WCHA Co-Player of the Year on Thursday and she will likely need to have a standout effort to help land BSU in Sunday's championship at 12:07 p.m.

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