Huskies score in 3×3 overtime to overtake Beavers in show
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Last season, the women’s hockey teams from Bemidji State University and St. Cloud State University called overtime in four of their six games in 2020-21. The 2021-22 season started off similarly as St. Cloud State scored in the three-on-three overtime to beat the Beavers 2-1 in Saturday’s season opener. .
Saturday’s game started off like the previous games with a close and difficult to score battle. Neither team could find the back of the opposing team’s net in the first two periods and were tied 0-0 before the third period. However, Jenniina Nylund of St. Cloud State would open the scoring in the game quickly in the final frame. The Beavers reacted quickly and minutes later rookie Alyssa Watkins tied the game. Freshman Ella Anick and sophomore Kayla Santl assisted on Watkin’s tying goal.
The third period ended in a 1-1 draw and after a discussion both teams decided to play the overtime three-on-three to determine the winner. With less than two minutes left in the period, SCSU’s Emma Gentry scored the game-winning goal.
Despite losing, Bemidji State gained valuable experience ahead of the official start of the season next weekend after dressing 27 of the team’s 28 student-athletes.
Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will meet a total of four times during the regular season with their first meeting in St. Cloud, Minnesota on December 3-4.
The Beavers will drop the puck in the 2021-22 season next weekend and face new league member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the University of St. Thomas in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, to open the slate. 2021-22. The Beavers and Tommies will play a WCHA series scheduled for October 1 and 2 at 6:01 p.m. and 3:01 p.m., respectively.
Nestled in the wooded region of northern Minnesota and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 college athletic programs with NCAA Division I male and female hockey members at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs are members of the Northern Sun. Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).