I did a post yesterday breaking down the Bemidji State men’s hockey roster for the upcoming season.
Because there are just 85 days until the BSU women start their season with a series against Robert Morris on Sept. 25 — the men start in 99 days — I thought it would be best to do the same for the ladies.
And from the looks of it? This team is just going to be even better than they were last year. There are 21 players returning for BSU following their program-record 21-17-1 season in 2015. All four leading point scorers (Kaitlyn Tougas, Stephanie Anderson, Ivana Bilic and Alexis Joyce) have returned, as has their All-American goalie (Brittni Mowat).
This is essentially the same team, minus captain Kristine Grenier, top-line forward Alex Citrowske and a few other depth forwards (Rachael Kelly, Jenessa Philipczyk) and defenders (Kaleigh Chapman).
The Beavers don’t have a whole lot of pieces to replace, but even so the incoming newcomers class looks pretty good. There are five freshman and a transfer. Here’s a look:
5-Melissa Hunt, freshman D
10-Emily Bergland, freshman F
13-Sylvia Marolt, freshman F
18-Lisa Laiti, freshman D
27-Natalie Stanwood, freshman D
28-Bailey Wright, sophomore F (transfer from UMD… sat out last season so not technically a newcomer but she will be able to play this year)
This class looks really solid. Bergland and Marolt were both members of Thief River Falls’ 2015 Class A Minnesota state championship team. Bergland was first-team All-State and scored the game-winning goal for the Prowlers in the title game; she finished the season with 66 points (32 goals). Marolt had 43 points for the Prowlers.
Don’t know much about the other players, although the additions of Laiti and Wright give BSU three players from Alaska. (Oddly, Minnesota and Alaska are the only two US states represented on the roster — the rest are Canadian.) They’ll join Whitney Wivoda as the three Alaskans on the squad.
-The only non-senior departure from last season was goaltender Hannah Paulson, but she didn’t make it into a game last season.
-Looking into it further, there are nine seniors on the roster. Steve Sertich brought in a pretty good class four years ago.
Here’s the breakdown:
Seniors (9): Kristin Huber, Megan Lushanko, Kaitlyn Tougas, Whitney Wivoda, Steph Anderson, Tegan Rose, Ivina Bilic, Mackenzie Brunch, Hannah Moher. Juniors (4): Madison Hutchinson, Carley Esse, Lauren Miller, Brittni Mowat. Sophomores (8): Reilly Fawcett, Ciscely Nelson, Emma Terres, Alexis Joyce, Summer Thibodeau, Alex Bond, Bailey Wright, Erin Deters. Freshmen (5): Melissa Hunt, Emily Bergland, Sylvia Marolt, Lisa Laiti, Natalie Stanwood.
-There are 14 Americans and 12 Canadians on the team.
As far as states and provinces go, Minnesota is the best-represented with 11 players on the team (Fawcett, Esse, Lushanko, Bergland, Marolt, Nelson, Anderson, Terres, Joyce, Thibodeau, Deters). The other three Americans are the aforementioned from Alaska.
Canadian provinces represented are Ontario (5: Tougas, Miller, Bond, Brunch, Moher); Manitoba (3: Hutchinson, Hunt, Mowat); British Columbia (3: Huber, Stanwood, Bilic); Alberta (1: Rose).