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Bemidji State women's hockey focuses on details

Eric Stromgren | Bemidji Pioneer Marlee Wheelhouse and the Bemidji State women's hockey team wraps up the regular season on the road at St. Cloud State.

The Bemidji State women's hockey team knows it will play North Dakota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in two weeks.

Before the rematch of the 2011 best-of-three series can begin, the Beavers (15-15-3, 9-15-2 WCHA) must close out the regular season on the road at St. cloud State. Game time Friday and Saturday is 2:07 p.m.

"Towards the end of the year you start gearing up for the playoffs and I hope this is going to be a good tune up," BSU head coach Sertich said. "I hope we play as well as we did on Saturday."

The Beavers ended a five-game losing streak and a seven-game winless streak with a 2-0 win over No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth last Saturday at the Sanford Center in the final home game of the season.

St. Cloud State (5-25-2, 4-22 WCHA) comes into the series on an eight-game losing streak but BSU is expecting a fight from the Huskies in its last home series of the year.

"We want to keep playing well and carry the win from UMD into the weekend," BSU junior Sadie Lundquist said. "You want to be playing your best hockey at the end of the year and if we play well, we can show teams going into the playoffs that's where we're at."

BSU is locked into a sixth-place finish in the WCHA and North Dakota will finish third, but the rest of the league has yet to be settled. Wisconsin has clinched a share of the WCHA title and can win the league outright with one point this weekend against Ohio State at home.

BSU plans to focus on skating well in the offensive zone this week to prepare for North Dakota, something the Beavers executed well against UMD.

"That game and the Wisconsin games were great reflections of how hard we can work and the things we can do when we are on," Lundquist said. "It was a good win for us and if we can take it into playoffs, that'd be great."

Scholar Athletes

There were five BSU players added to the WCHA Scholar Athlete list this week.

Receiving the award are Alana McElhinney, Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse, Molly Arola, Allie Duellman, Emily Erickson, Sadie Lundquist, ERika Wheelhouse, Abby Williams, Lauren Williams and Danielle Williams.

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.