Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey
|Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey|
|Head coach||Jim Scanlan|
7th season, 100–106–15
|Colors||Green and white|
The Bemidji State Beavers are a women's college hockey team representing Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, United States. They play at the NCAA Division I level, and compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association(WCHA).
The Bemidji State University intercollegiate women's ice hockey program began competition in the 1998–1999 season. The first head coach was Ruthann Cantile. She was head coach from the program's founding to the start of WCHA play, and the beginning of national NCAA Championships in 2001.
Over the next several years, Bemidji State met with little success, while playing against the best teams in the nation, in conference play. The Beavers were able to recruit 2002 German Olympian Defender Nina Zieganhals in 2003. After disappointing seasons under Jason Lesterberg (2000–01) and Bruce Olson, who left the program during the 2005–06 season, Bemidji State hired Steve Sertich for the 2006–07 season. Sertich presided over the team for eight years until his retirement in 2014.
On February 27, 2010, Bemidji State ended its 14-game playoff losing streak in a 2–1 victory over St. Cloud State. The next day, the Beavers defeated St. Cloud State in Game 3, and advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off for the first time in school history. Zuzana Tomcikova had 27 saves and the win was the Beavers 12th win of the season. It tied the school record for most wins in a season (accomplished in 2001–02). The Beavers advanced to play the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the WCHA semi-finals but were eliminated.
On October 16, 2010, Beaver goaltender Alana McElhinney made a career-high 56 saves. In the game, Bemidji State had its first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team as they defeated the Mercyhurst Lakers by a 5–3 mark. In addition, this was the second women's game ever played at the new Bemidji Regional Event Center.
October 29–30, 2010: Erin Cody had the biggest weekend of her collegiate career. She was involved in all seven of the Bemidji State's goals, as the Beavers swept St. Cloud State. Cody had five goals and two assists, and was a factor in both game-winning goals. Cody earned the First Star of the Game honors in both games. In the first game, Cody scored a natural hat trick (a power-play, shorthanded, and even-strength goal). All three goals were scored in the first period and set a Beavers record for most goals scored by a single player in one period. In the second game, Cody had two goals and two assists.
On January 28, 2012, the Badgers hosted a record crowd of 12,402 at the Kohl Center as Wisconsin swept the Bemidji State Beavers. Alex Rigby made 28 saves to obtain her sixth shutout of the campaign. Her rival between the pipes, Bemidji State goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made 32 saves.
The Beavers made history on March 7, 2015, as they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a 1–0 tally in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Face-Off. The game-winning goal was scored by Stephanie Anderson in the third period. Beavers goaltender Brittni Mowat made 37 saves, registering her seventh shutout of the season, a new program record. In addition, it marked the first time that the Beavers advanced to the championship game of the WCHA Final Face-Off.
On February 29, 2020, the Bemidji State Beavers beat the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the fourth overtime period of their WCHA Quarterfinal match, making it in the longest game in WCHA women's ice hockey history, and the second longest in NCAA history. Beaver forward Reece Hunt scored the game-winning goal at 8:43 of the fourth overtime. The game lasted four hours and 50 minutes, with 128:43 of on-ice time. The final score was 2–1. The victory marked Jim Scanlon's 100th win as head coach for Bemidji; he is the first coach in the women's ice hockey program's history to reach 100 wins.
Year by year
|Won Championship||Lost Championship||Conference Champions||League Leader|
|Finish||Conference Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|2021-22||Jim Scanlan||11||20||3||WCHA||8||18||2||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin (1-2, 0-5)||Did not qualify|
|2020-21||Jim Scanlan||2||16||2||WCHA||2||16||2||7th WCHA||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2019–20||Jim Scanlan||16||18||3||WCHA||9||13||2||5th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1-2, 2-1, 1-4)||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||Jim Scanlan||13||21||2||WCHA||10||12||2||5th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2-3, 3-4)||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||Jim Scanlan||16||19||3||WCHA||9||13||2||5th WCHA||Won Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2-1, 1-4, 3-0)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1-4)
|Did not qualify|
|2016–17||Jim Scanlan||12||20||3||WCHA||7||18||3||7th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (1–3, 2–1, 2-3 )||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||Jim Scanlan||22||11||3||WCHA||19||9||2||3rd WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1–5, 1–2 OT)||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||Jim Scanlan||21||17||1||WCHA||13||14||1||5th WCHA||Won Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (3–2, 0–2, 2–1 OT)
Won Semifinals vs. Minnesota (1–0)
Lost Championship vs. Wisconsin (0–4)
|Did not qualify|
|2013–14||Steve Sertich||11||21||4||WCHA||8||17||3||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals to North Dakota (1–4, 2–3 OT)||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||Steve Sertich||6||26||2||WCHA||5||22||1||8th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals to Minnesota (0–5, 0–8)||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||Steve Sertich||17||17||3||WCHA||11||15||2||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. North Dakota (1–3, 0–2)||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||Steve Sertich||14||17||4||WCHA||11||13||4||5th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. North Dakota (2–3, 3–0, 2–3 OT)||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||Steve Sertich||12||19||7||WCHA||9||12||7||6th WCHA||Won Quarterfinals vs. St. Cloud State (0–3, 2–1, 4–1)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2–7)
|Did not qualify|
|2008–09||Steve Sertich||6||25||5||WCHA||3||22||3||8th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (1–4, 1–5)||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||Steve Sertich||4||29||3||WCHA||1||25||2||8th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (0–6, 1–5)||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||Steve Sertich||11||20||5||WCHA||9||15||4||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (1–5, 1–4)||Did not qualify|
Interim: Jim Ingman, Sis Paulsen
|11||23||2||WCHA||10||18||0||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2–7, 0–3)||Did not qualify|
|2004–05||Bruce Olson||9||24||2||WCHA||5||22||1||8th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (3–6)||Did not qualify|
|2003–04||Bruce Olson||5||27||2||WCHA||3||20||1||7th WCHA||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2002–03||Bruce Olson||9||17||7||WCHA||5||13||6||5th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (3–4 OT)||Did not qualify|
|2001–02||Jason Lesteberg||12||13||8||WCHA||7||11||6||5th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (3–5)||Did not qualify|
|2000–01||Ruthann Cantile||9||24||1||WCHA||6||17||1||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin (2–5)||Did not qualify|
|1999-00||Ruthann Cantile||15||18||2||WCHA||5||17||2||6th WCHA||Lost Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin (2–9)||Did not qualify|
As of August 21, 2022.
|1||Hannah Hogenson||Junior||G||5' 4" (1.63 m)||2001-08-03||Anchorage, Alaska||Team Alaska|
|2||Makenna Deering||Sophomore||D||5' 6" (1.68 m)||2003-01-08||South St. Paul, Minnesota||South St. Paul Secondary|
|4||Taylor Larson||Sophomore||D||5' 8" (1.73 m)||2003-08-09||Brainerd, Minnesota||Brainerd High School|
|5||Abby DeLaRosa||Senior||D||5' 4" (1.63 m)||2001-01-11||Hugo, Minnesota||White Bear Lake Area High School|
|7||Shelby Breiland||Sophomore||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2002-08-19||Red Lake Falls, Minnesota||Thief River Falls Prowlers|
|8||Taylor Nelson||Junior||F||5' 4" (1.63 m)||2001-08-09||Carlton, Minnesota||Carlton High School|
|10||Raeley Carney||Freshman||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2004-02-12||Wasilla, Alaska||Wasilla High School|
|11||Genevieve Hendrickson||Sophomore||F||5' 6" (1.68 m)||2002-11-24||Warroad, Minnesota||Franklin Pierce University|
|12||Kayla Santl||Junior||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2002-03-24||Roseau, Minnesota||Roseau High School|
|13||Paige Anderson (A)||Senior||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2001-03-21||Andover, Minnesota||Andover High School|
|14||Anika Stoskopf||Junior||F||5' 5" (1.65 m)||2002-03-08||Roseau, Minnesota||Roseau High School|
|15||Claire Vekich||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||2002-11-26||Coleraine, Minnesota||Greenway High School|
|16||Alyssa Watkins||Sophomore||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2003-08-13||Duluth, Minnesota||Hermantown High School|
|17||Calli Forsberg||Junior||F||5' 6" (1.68 m)||2002-01-24||Devils Lake, North Dakota||Shattuck-Saint Mary's|
|19||Khloe Lund||Junior||D||5' 3" (1.6 m)||2001-07-11||Thief River Falls, Minnesota||Thief River Falls Prowlers|
|20||Gabbie Smith||Junior||F||5' 6" (1.68 m)||2001-09-06||Brainerd, Minnesota||Brainerd High School|
|21||McKayla Zilisch||Freshman||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2004-04-26||Appleton, Wisconsin||Fox Cities Stars|
|22||Kate Boland (C)||Senior||D||5' 5" (1.65 m)||2001-02-26||Northfield, Minnesota||Northfield High School|
|23||Mya Headrick||Freshman||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||2004-11-29||Garden River, Ontario||Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins|
|24||Adriana Van De Leest||Sophomore||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||2003-09-29||Kelowna, British Columbia||Okanagan Hockey Academy|
|26||Kendra Fortin||Sophomore||D||5' 5" (1.65 m)||2003-01-31||Thunder Bay, Ontario||Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins|
|27||Ella Anick||Sophomore||D||5' 6" (1.68 m)||2002-11-03||Hermantown, Minnesota||Hermantown High School|
|29||Reece Hunt (A)||Senior||F||5' 5" (1.65 m)||2001-03-19||Nelson, British Columbia||Okanagan Hockey Academy|
|33||Madison Faucher||Freshman||G||5' 8" (1.73 m)||2004-12-01||Amherstburg, Ontario||Southwest Wildcats|
|35||Abbie Thompson||Sophomore||G||5' 7" (1.7 m)||2003-08-12||Forest Lake, Minnesota||Mounds View High School|
- Nina Ziegenhals, defenseman, Germany; 2002 Winter Olympics
- Zuzana Tomcikova, goaltender, Slovak Republic; 2010 Winter Olympics
- Stephanie Anderson, forward, North St. Paul, Minn. First Beaver player to win a gold medal in a world championship on April 4, 2015 when the United States National Team defeated Canada 7–5 to capture the 2015 IIHF World Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
- Ivana Bilic, played for Team Canada's Development Team, in the 2016 Nations Cup, January 4–6, 2016.
Beavers in professional hockey
|= CWHL All-Star||= NWHL All-Star||= Clarkson Cup Champion||= Isobel Cup Champion|
Awards and honors