UMD Women’s Hockey looks to rebound against Bemidji

UMD Women’s Hockey looks to rebound against Bemidji

The UMD women’s hockey team is looking to get back into the win column this weekend against the Bemidji State University Beavers.

 Photo by Alex Ganeev/Statesman

Photo by Alex Ganeev/Statesman

After two tightly contested one-goal losses to the No. 2 ranked Golden Gophers last weekend, the Bulldogs were still able to retain their No. 4 ranking in the latest United States Hockey Online poll.

Bemidji State enters the weekend at No. 10 in the current rankings and should provide a tough test for the Bulldog women.

UMD head coach Maura Crowell spoke at a press conference Wednesday in preparation for the upcoming series.

When asked about the past series with the Gophers and how the team would respond after their first loss of the season, coach Crowell considered it a learning experience.

“We played really well, (but) came up on the short end. That leaves you a little bitter and it stung, so we’re ready to get back at it,” Crowell said. “What a great opportunity we have to play another really great team in Bemidji this weekend at home.”

The Beavers have posed a challenge to some top ranked opponents so far, shutting out Minnesota previously this season. Even so, Crowell has an idea of the task at hand for her Bulldogs.

“I expect to see the Bemidji that we’re all used to seeing–new cast of characters, but the same system. They’ll dump the puck deep, forecheck you hard, back check all five skaters, it’s just gritty.” Crowell said. “It’s a frustrating team to play, we’re ready for it.”

Both games will be held at Amsoil Arena this weekend. Friday night the pucks drops at 7 p.m., with an earlier 4 p.m. start on Saturday. Tickets are free for all UMD students with a valid student ID present.

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