Minnesota continues to dominate in-state foe Bemidji State

The Gophers are now 28-1-3 all-time against the Beavers thanks to a pair of wins.

Brian Deutsch

The Minnesota women’s hockey team continued its dominance over in-state foe Bemidji State with a sweep of the Beavers.

The Gophers took two games from Bemidji State on the road with a 4-1 win Friday and a 3-2 follow-up Saturday in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

The two wins gave Minnesota its fourth straight sweep and extended its winning streak to eight games.

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“Any time you can come away with four points on the weekend, you have to be happy,” head coach Laura Halldorson said. “Bemidji was such a hard-working team, they never gave up.”

Sophomore forward Gigi Marvin led the Gophers with two goals and an assist over the weekend.

Marvin’s goal in Saturday’s win was the highlight of the weekend.

“Brittany Francis and Bobbi (Ross) did a great job of hitting me with a breakout pass,” Marvin said. “It was a wild play; I think I pulled the puck through the defenseman’s legs and then decked out the goalie.”

With her three-point weekend, Marvin now leads the team in points and goals with 10 and 18, respectively.

After Marvin put Minnesota on top 1-0 less than six minutes into the first period of Friday’s game, the Gophers found a little breathing room from an unlikely source.

Freshman forward Tiffany Johnson scored her first goal in a Minnesota uniform, and it turned out to be the game-winner.

Bemidji State (4-10-2 overall, 2-7-1 WCHA) narrowed the gap in the second period, but a pair of third-period goals sealed the victory for the Gophers.

Saturday’s game found the Beavers in the thick of things through all three periods.

Bemidji State fought desperately for its second-ever win over Minnesota – keeping the game close throughout the contest.

After falling behind 2-0 early in the first period, the Beavers fought back and brought the game back to a one-goal deficit.

The Gophers (12-3-1, 9-2-1) used a power-play goal from junior forward Whitney Graft to give Minnesota a two-goal advantage five minutes into the third period.

The Beavers answered back with a power-play goal of their own with less than two minutes left in the game.

But Bemidji State’s luck ran dry as the home team failed to produce another goal – even after the Beavers pulled their goalie for a six-on-four advantage after a Gophers penalty.

“We had our moments where we outplayed them and there were times when Bemidji was in our end too,” Marvin said. “You have to give credit to the Beavers for playing as hard as they did.”

With the two wins, Minnesota increased its record against the Beavers to 28-1-3 all-time.

“I remember seeing Bemidji State at the very beginning of the season at the Easton Shootout,” Halldorson said. “Comparing the team that I saw at that point to the team we saw this weekend, I think they’ve gotten a lot better and they’re playing with more confidence.”

Hanlon earns first win

Saturday’s win over Bemidji State gave one of the Gophers more than one reason to celebrate.

After being sidelined with an ankle injury since last year’s WCHA Championship game, sophomore goaltender Kim Hanlon earned her first win of the season in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Beavers.

Hanlon stopped 25 shots and allowed just two goals in her first game back in net for Minnesota.

“It’s been a long time, so it felt good to be back,” Hanlon said. “It was a good game to get the jitters out before next weekend.”