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College hockey: Bemidji State upends UMD women

Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com Minnesota Duluth defenseman Michelle Lowenhielm (67) controls the puck near Jacqueline Kaasa (12) of Bemidji State during Friday's game at Amsoil Arena. The Beavers won 5-3. 1 / 2
Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com Minnesota Duluth goaltender Jessica Convery (30) and center Naomi Rogge block a shot on goal from Clair DeGeorge of Bemidji State during Friday's game at Amsoil Arena. UMD lost 5-3 to fall six points behind the Beavers in the WCHA standings. 2 / 2

Minnesota Duluth's hopes for a home series in the WCHA women's playoffs were dealt a costly blow Friday night in a 5-3 loss to Bemidji State at Amsoil Arena.

The Bulldogs (9-12-1 overall, 5-9-1 WCHA) took a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Ryleigh Houston and Jessica Healey, but a collapse followed by allowing four straight goals to the Beavers (12-11-2, 7-7).

Abby Halluska kick-started the comeback with a goal 34 seconds before the end of the second period and then Jacqueline Kaasa, Bailey Wright and Clair DeGeorge all scored in the first 11:19 of the third period for a 4-2 Beavers lead.

Healey netted a power-play goal at 13:17 but Proctor graduate Reilly Fawcett secured the victory with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds to play to put the Beavers six points ahead of UMD in the battle for fourth place and the final home slot in the first round of the conference playoffs.

Lauren Bench stopped 32 shots for the winners as did Jessica Convery for UMD.

Bemidji State 0-1-4—5

Minn. Duluth 0-2-1—3

First period — No scoring.

Second period — 1. UMD, Ryleigh Houston 1 (Ashton Bell, Michelle Lowenhielm), 12:23; 2. UMD, Jessica Healey 3 (Houston, Lowenhielm), 17:29 (pp); 3. BS, Abby Halluska 5 (Briana Jorde, Haley Macki), 19:26.

Third period — 4. BS, Jacqueline Kaasa 7 (Alexis Joyce), 5:46; 5. BS, Bailey Wright 3 (Mak Lange, Kaasa), 9:10; 6. BS, Clair DeGeorge 4 (Emma Terres), 11:19; 7. UMD, Healey 4 (Houston, Katerina Mrazova), 13:17 (pp); 8. BS, Reilly Fawcett 1 (Joyce, Emily Bergland), 19:45 (en).

Saves — Lauren Bench, BS, 32; Jessica Convery, UMD, 32.

Wis.-Superior 6, Finlandia 1

Six Yellowjackets scored goals and UWS outshot the Lions 44-10 en route to the nonconference victory in Hancock, Mich.

Agnese Apsite and Emily Heid tallied in the first period and Sam Westgaard made it 3-0 UWS midway through the second period.

After the Lions (2-11-1) scored their lone goal, Amanda Sergent, Molly Shelton and Mikayla Goodin all scored for the Yellowjackets (12-4).

Sky Brown finished with nine saves in the UWS net.

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Wis.-Superior 8, Bethel 2

Daniel Litchke of Superior scored a goal in each of the first two periods and Ian Ecklund of Twig tacked on two more in the third as the Yellowjackets coasted to the nonconference win at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

Troy York and Lukas Denk also scored in a three-goal first period for UWS (7-8-2) and Andrew Durham and Ryan Carlson tallied in a three-goal second period.

UWS goalie Cole Skinner saved 30 shots, including 13 in the opening period.

St. Scholastica 3,

Concordia-Wis. 2

Max Mettler scored the game-winner at 11:04 in the third period to lift the Saints to the NCHA victory at Mars Lakeview Arena.

Mettler was assisted on the play by Nate Pionk of Hermantown and Carson Rose, who opened the scoring at 4:54 in the first. Kyle Star gave the Saints a 2-0 lead later in the period before Concordia (9-5-2, 5-4-0 NCHA) came back with goals by Braydon Barker and Dante Hahn in the second to tie it 2-2.

That's how it stayed before Mettler's heroics, while freshman goalie Forbes Ploszaj stopped 32 shots to secure the victory for the Saints (10-5-1, 4-4-1).