College women's hockey preview: Bemidji State at Minnesota Duluth
Bemidji State (11-11-2, 6-7-1) at Minnesota Duluth (9-11-1, 5-8-1)
What: WCHA series
When: 7:07 p.m. Friday/4:07 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amsoil Arena
Series: UMD leads 67-14-4
Coaches: Jim Scanlan, in his fourth season at Bemidji State, is 66-59-9; Maura Crowell, in her third season at UMD, is 49-39-7 and 72-46-11 for her career.
TV: My9 Friday/Fox Sports North-Plus Saturday
Bemidji State update: The Beavers return to WCHA play having split at home last week against Mercyhurst during a Tuesday-Wednesday nonconference series, winning and losing 2-1 games. The Beavers hold a 2-1 advantage over UMD this season after playing three straight against the Bulldogs between Oct. 27-Nov. 6. The third meeting was the nonconference U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game, won 3-2 by Bemidji State. The Beavers' seven goals against UMD this season have come from seven players. Sophomore forward Haley Mack (8 goals, 9 assists, 17 points) leads the team in scoring. Senior forward Emma Terres has eight goals and seven assists. Senior Erin Deters, who has stopped 30 of 32 shots in five periods vs. UMD, has been the Beavers' best in goal sporting a .919 save percentage and 2.24 goals-against average. Bemidji State enters the weekend fourth in the WCHA, three points ahead of UMD for the final home-ice league playoff spot.
UMD update: The Bulldogs are playing their first meaningful games this weekend since tying and losing at Minnesota on Dec. 8-9. UMD played a pair of exhibitions at home a week ago, beating the Korean National Team 3-0 and the Minnesota Whitecaps 7-2. Junior forward Emma Yanko had three goals in the exhibitions and senior forward Katerina Mrazova had two goals and four assists. UMD was without freshman forward Ashton Bell and senior defenseman Jessica Healey, who were in Germany with the Canadian Women's National Development Team. Both return this weekend. Bell's 0.71 points-per-game average is tied for sixth among WCHA freshmen. Right ahead of her is fellow forward Naomi Rogge, whose 0.76 ppg average is tied for fourth. Rogge has two goals and an assist in three games against Bemidji State. Assistant coach Laura Bellamy, a Duluth native who is in her third season at UMD, will serve as Bulldogs head coach for the second consecutive weekend while Crowell serves as associate head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team at the U-18 Women's World Championship in Russia.
Quote: "We don't feel like we've really put a great game together against Bemidji yet. We're looking forward to doing that this weekend." — Bellamy