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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Mowat makes 42 saves for Bemidji State but Minnesota shuts out Beavers 4-0

Minnesota’s Meghan Lorence, left, and Bemidji State’s Alex Ehlert battle for position in front of the BSU net in the first period of a WCHA women’s hockey game Friday night at the Sanford Center. Minnesota won 4-0. BSU Photo Services

BEMIDJI — The top-ranked Minnesota women’s hockey team entered Friday’s game against Bemidji State with a 55-game winning streak dating back to two seasons ago.

That streak continued as the Gophers defeated Bemidji State 4-0 in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Sanford Center.

“I thought we got up and down the ice with them pretty good for most of the night,” Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said. “There are things we need to correct before tomorrow night, but I think we played pretty well.”

Despite spending the majority of the first period defending their own net, the Beavers survived the first period without allowing a goal.

Minnesota fired 13 shots, in comparison to BSU’s three, and had another 13 blocked in the opening period.

“It definitely helps when they are blocking shots in front of me,” BSU freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat said of her defense. “Minnesota has a lot of big players that make it difficult to see some shots coming in.”

Meghan Lorence put the Gophers on the scoreboard early in the second period with her second goal of the season. The play was set up on a pass from Sarah Davis as she found Lorence from behind the net.

Just three minutes later, Rachel Ramsey added a goal of her own, her third of the season, to increase the lead to 2-0 with 13 minutes, 2 seconds, remaining in the second period.

Kate Schipper capitalized on a power play for the Gophers with 1:31 left in the period to increase the lead to 3-0. The goal, her third of the season, was assisted by Ramsey and Rachael Bona.

“They came out with a bit of a jump” Sertich said of Minnesota’s second period. “We lost some one-on-ones and they made us pay for it.”

Lorence added her second goal of the night in the third period to increase the lead to four goals for the Gophers.

After tallying just nine shots in the first two periods, the Beavers played their best period of offense in the third as they fired ten shots on net, but were unable to get anything by Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille. Leveille finished the night with 19 shots in the shutout.

Mowat made a career-high 42 saves on the night.

“It was a big change from the previous three series,” Mowat said. “They are a really fast team and everything happened so much faster. I will have to get used to that.”

Bemidji State (3-3-1, 0-1-0 WCHA) will host Minnesota (7-0-0, 5-0-0 WCHA) today at 4:07 p.m. at the Sanford Center.

“We are going to need a lot of rest tonight,” Mowat said. “After one period it was 0-0 tonight. If we can play like that every period we can make a game of it.”

“We have some warriors in the room,” Sertich added. “We just want to keep it close for as long as we can and give ourselves a chance heading into the third period.”

Minnesota 4, Bemidji State 0

Minnesota      0    3   1 - 4

Bemidji State   0   0    0 – 0

First Period – No scoring. Penalties – BSU, Bilic (Holding) 3:21.

Second Period – 1, UM, Lorence (Davis, Garzone) 3:06. 2, UM, Ramsey (Cline, Menefee) 6:58. 3, UM, Schipper (Bona, Ramsey) 18:29. Penalties – BSU, Citrowske (Slashing) 8:21; BSU, Citrowske (Interference) 17:36.

Third Period – 4, UM, Lorence (Brausen, Burns) 13:32. Penalties – UM, Brausen (Interference) 11:16; BSU, McKnight (High Sticking)