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Women's hockey: Beavers fall to Minnesota State 2-1

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MANKATO — The BSU women’s hockey team outshot Minnesota State Mankato 25-20 but a late third period goal by MSU’s Kari Lundberg proved to be the difference in the Mavericks’ 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win.

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The teams went into the second intermission tied but Lundberg scored on BSU goalie Brittini Mowat at the with under five minutes to play in the game to take the lead.

A five-minute major checking from behind penalty on BSU’s Lauren Miller two minutes later all but sealed BSU’s loss.

Alex Citrowske scored the lone goal for the Beavers (7-10-2, 4-8-1 WCHA), slipping one past Mavericks goalie Erin Krichiver 43 seconds into the second period. Kaitlyn Tougas and Alex Ehlert assisted on the play.

Tracy McCann scored the other goal for the Mavericks (9-12-0, 4-11-0) in the first period.

Mowat made 18 saves for BSU while Krichiver stopped 24 shots.

The teams return to the ice at All Seasons Arena for the finale at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Minnesota State 2, Bemidji State 1

MSU 1 0 1 — 2

BSU 0 1 0 — 1

First Period — 1, MSU, McCann (Moteyunas, Barnes), 14:56. Penalties — BSU, Citrowske (Roughing), 12:28.

Second Period — 2, BSU, Citrowske (Tougas, Ehlert), 0:43. Penalties — MSU, Rogan (Roughing), 1:49; MSU, Hewitt (Interference), 4:26; BSU, Duellman (Hooking), 10:15; MSU, Schlozen (Checking), 12:35; BSU, Citrowske (Interference), 18:14.

Third Period — 3, MSU, Lundberg (Barnes), 15:28. Penalties — MSU, Duellman (Tripping), 7:40; BSU, Miller (Checking From Behind), 17:44; BSU, Miller (Game Misconduct), 17:44.

Shots On Goal — BSU, 9-8-8—25; MSU, 10-3-7—20. Goalies — BSU, Mowat (20-18); MSU, Krichiver (25-24). Penalties-Minutes — BSU 6-23; MSU 3-6. Power Plays-Opportunities — BSU 0-for-3; MSU 0-for-5. Faceoffs — MSU 42-22.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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