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Bemidji State women's hockey team looks to snap streak against Minnesota-Duluth

The second half of the regular season has been a rough ride for the Bemidji State women's hockey team.

The Beavers have lost eight of the last 10 games, and were swept out of Grand Forks last weekend with 5-2 and 3-1 losses to No. 6 North Dakota.

"It was a step back," BSU head coach Steve Sertich said. "I thought we played really well at Minnesota and really well at Wisconsin. We just didn't have any energy, we didn't play at the level we had been. North Dakota has something to say about that and in some respects got us out of our game. We need to get back to that this weekend."

The Beavers host No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth Friday and Saturday at 2:07 p.m. in what are likely the last home games of the season at the Sanford Center.

This weekend marks the first home games for the Beavers (14-14-3, 8-14-2-0 WCHA) since Jan 14. The Beavers are 0-5-1 in that stretch of road games against No. 2 Minnesota, No. 1 Wisconsin and North Dakota.

"We haven't won in a month, so we want to get a few wins and get our confidence back," BSU senior Lauren Williams said. "We know that we can do it. We want to get back to our game, get back to focusing and do the things that we were able to do on Saturday."

Minnesota-Duluth (15-12-1, 12-11-1-1 WCHA) has won three of its last four games and is coming off a split weekend against Ohio State.

"I think they are definitely having a better second half of the season compared to their first," Williams said. "We know they are going to come out. We know they don't like us very much and we don't like them either, so we need to play our game because we know they are going to play theirs. We need to get shots."

The series is a rematch of a November split series in Duluth. The Beavers lost 4-1 on Friday and won 4-3 on Saturday. Senior defenseman Montana Vichorek had three points in the series and senior forward Emily Erickson scored two goals in the win.

BSU wraps up the regular season next weekend on the road against St. Cloud State. A loss this weekend likely locks the Beavers into a first-round playoff matchup on the road the following week with North Dakota or UMD potential opponents.

BSU's Alana McElhinney, Montana Vichorek, Molly Arola, Allie Duellman, Sadie Lundquist, Erika Wheelhouse and Lauren Williams were announced as recipients of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award on Thursday.

McElhinney and Vichorek are three-time Scholar-Athlete Award selections.

Students must have one year of residency prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Students may qualify if the overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at the present institution.