WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Beavers younger, hungrier as they kick off 2022-23 season – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – On paper, Bemidji State girls’s hockey loses so much from its 2021-22 group.

Gone are dependable 5th-yr forwards Paige Beebe, Lindsey Featherstone and Lydia Passolt, plus 5th-yr goaltender Kerigan Dowhy. Also departed are key senior contributor Graysen Myers and captain Claudia Verkerke.

But regardless of shedding maximum in their issues leaders from final season, the Beavers like how their bunch has appeared in follow heading into the brand new marketing campaign.

“I’m really happy with the way things have gone,” BSU head trainer Jim Scanlan stated. “The biggest thing is the group has seemed to come together really fast, and the energy that they have brought every day on the ice has been really, really noticeable.”

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Bemidji State’s Taylor Nelson (8) shoots the puck within the first duration in opposition to St. Cloud State on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, on the Sanford Center.

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Such sentiments can also be boilerplate this time of yr, however Scanlan in point of fact method it when he says this workforce has bonded exceptionally smartly.

“It starts with that,” Scanlan stated. “But I know how competitive they are. Don’t get me wrong. I know how bad they want to win and how bad they want to compete for a championship. And that’s what we’re going to try to do. We’re going to do our best to do just that.”

How will they get there? The Beavers hope to construct upon the development they made final yr. After a 2020-21 season that ended with simply two wins, Bemidji State concluded 2021-22 with a mark of eleven-20-3 (8-18-2 WCHA).

“We have a bunch of eager girls out there,” senior change captain Reece Hunt stated. “It’s made for really competitive preseason practices.”

Not all has been misplaced, in any case. Hunt led the Beavers with 20 issues (7g-13a) final season, and junior Taylor Nelson used to be fourth at the squad with 13 issues (5g-8a).

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The Beavers have a good time after senior Paige Beebe (18) scored an empty-internet purpose to defeat No. 2 Ohio State 3-2 on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, on the Sanford Center.

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Scanlan has set a purpose of clinching house ice within the first spherical of the convention playoffs, which might necessitate a best-4 end within the 8-group WCHA. That will be the best possible regular-season end via BSU since 2015-16 – Scanlan’s 2nd season in rate.

“Success for us (is if) our team is relentless all the time,” Nelson stated. “Doing those little things. Back-checking hard, doing good on penalty kills, whatever it is. Being relentless is going to be hard to play against. If we can continue to play that way, I think we’ll have a very successful season.”

The Beavers additionally go back goaltender Hannah Hogenson, who established herself as a very good choice in internet final season and flashed dominance every now and then. Her 56-save shutout at Wisconsin helped her earn her WCHA Goaltender of the Month in November, and he or she used to be decided on to wait the United States Hockey National Goaltending Camp this summer time.

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Bemidji State goalie Hannah Hogenson (1) makes a save within the first duration in opposition to Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, on the Sanford Center. (Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer)

“She’s had to be in high-pressure situations where we’ve had to rely on her, and she’s pulled through for us,” Nelson stated. “It’s nice to have her back, and hopefully we can pull some (games) our way.”

“All those experiences really have set her up for a big year for us,” Scanlan stated. “It gives us a lot of confidence knowing that she’s done it. She’s proven that she can do that in this league.”

The Beavers will drop the puck at the new season in opposition to Lindenwood this weekend on the Sanford Center. They’ll host the Lions at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and at 3:01 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“We’re excited to get going for real,” Scanlan stated.

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