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Bemidji State goaltender Jess Havel (35) makes a stop as Jamie Hatheway slides into the boards during the Beavers Green and White scrimmage Sept. 29. Havel, a senior, started and won her first-ever collegiate game last Friday, Oct. 5, at Providence. She hopes the team can stay hot going into this weekend’s WCHA-opening series against St. Cloud State. Jack Hittinger | Bemidji Pioneer

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Bemidji State looking forward to home opener against SCSU


BEMIDJI – Jess Havel was glad to get her first colligate start over with.

It didn’t hurt that it also happened to be her first collegiate win.

“I was so excited and nervous at the beginning,” the senior goaltender said. “I hadn’t really played for three years. I’ve been on the bench.”

Havel had been stuck behind two goalies for most of her Bemidji State career: All-American Zuzana Tomcikova and backup Alana McElhinney.

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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 and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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