BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns home this weekend in the hopes that it can finally get something going at the Sanford Center.
With a pair of games against Minnesota-Duluth at 7:07 tonight and 4:07 p.m. Sunday, the Beavers are still looking for their first home win of the year.
The Beavers (3-9-2, 2-7-1 WCHA) finally broke a seven-game winless streak last weekend, picking up a 4-3 victory over Minnesota State last Friday night in Mankato.
“We’re happy to finally get on the win column,” BSU head coach Steve Sertich said. “We played well, had great individual performances and found a way to win a hockey game.
BSU scored the first three goals of the game before allowing the Mavericks to score three straight of their own and tie it at three.
It wasn’t until Sadie Lundquist scored at the 11:50 mark of the third that the Beavers got a goal back. They hung on to win that game but came back Saturday night and lost 4-1.
“Saturday we were flat,” Sertich said. “Mankato was the better team, and they worked harder.
“We didn’t deserve anything Saturday but it was fun to get some points (Friday).”
Minnesota Duluth comes in to the series at 5-8-1 overall and 4-7-1-0 in league play. The Bulldogs were swept by No. 10 North Dakota last weekend.
Sertich said despite UMD’s record, the Bulldogs are always dangerous.
“They always have some high end kids on their team,” Sertich said. “They have a couple who are difference-makers and are very dangerous, and they have a very good D-corps.”
Senior Jessica Wong and sophomores Jenna McParland and Zoe Hinkel are tied for the team scoring lead with nine points.
Sertich said his own skill players are also starting to heat up, as evidenced by last weekend’s series.
Lundquist, who scored the game-winner on Friday, also assisted on the other three goals for a four-point game.
Emily Erikson also added two assists, while Kaitlyn Tougas added a goal and an assist.
“From beginning to end, top to bottom we played hard,” Sertich said. “Sadie had her best game since she’s been here at BSU… not only getting four points but the battles she won, she was outstanding. Emily also had a good game. It’s just fun to watch players raise their level.”
The Beavers are still looking for their first win at home this season. Sertich hopes they can finally break through against UMD.
“We will have to play a 60 minute game each night against them,” he said. “Their record probably isn’t as good as it’s been in past years but they’re a dangerous team. They have gotten a lot better since the beginning of the year.”