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Bemidji State’s Emily Erickson (10) tries to deke Wisconsin’s Courtney Burke during the second period of their WCHA game Saturday at the Sanford Center. Jack Hittinger | Bemidji Pioneer

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Wisconsin tops Bemidji State 3-1 in BSU's home finale

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BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team dropped its final regular-season game Saturday, falling 3-1 against No. 6 Wisconsin on Senior Day at the Sanford Center.

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The defeat sealed the Beavers’ playoff fate, as they will travel south to clash with 34-0-0 defending national champion Minnesota in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

The No. 1 Gophers defeated BSU by 5-1 and 5-0 scores in December and won 8-0 last weekend before receiving their first overtime scare of the season when the Beavers forced the extra session by playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation. Minnesota won 3-2 on a power-play goal with 1:12 to play.

The Beavers (6-24-2, 5-22-1-0 WCHA) played a good first period but the Badgers (21-9-2, 17-9-2-2 WCHA) scored the first goal with just 21 seconds left in the first period with Kelly Jaminski beating BSU goaltender Jess Havel.

In the second frame, Emily Erickson answered for the Beavers, trying things up at 1-1 with a great wrist shot past Wisconsin goalie Alex Rigsby. The point was the 93rd of Erickson’s career—fifth-most in program history—and was her 45th career goal

Later in the middle stanza, Jaminski set up Wisconsin’s eventual game-winning goal, breaking into the BSU zone firing a shot from the slot that was stopped by Havel. Katy Josephs, however, walked in front of the goal unabated and scored on the rebound.

Brianna Decker capped the scoring for the Badgers for the second consecutive day, wristing home a shot from the right circle 7:44 into the third period.

Havel finished the night with 28 saves, while Rigsby stopped 29 shots to guide her team to victory.

Next weekend’s games at Minnesota are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (if necessary).

Wisconsin 1 1 1 - 3

BSU 0 1 0 - 1

First period – 1, Wis, Jaminski (Burke) 19:39

Second period – 2, BSU, Erickson (Duellman, Moher) 2:55. 3, Wis, Josephs (Jaminski) 10:07

Third period – 4, Wis, Decker (unassisted)

Saves – Rigsby (Wis) 29; Havel (BSU) 28

Penalties/minutes – Wisconsin 4/8; BSU 3/6

Power plays – Wisconsin 0-3; BSU 0-4

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