Junior forward Summer Thibodeau’s unassisted goal, 81 seconds into the game, was all the scoring Bemidji State really needed.
The Beavers upset the No. 2-ranked Gophers 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in a WCHA game at Sanford Arena, adding a late empty-net goal in the third.
Brittni Mowat, a senior from Glenboro, Manitoba, stopped 31 shots for the shutout.
“Disappointed in the end result, giving up an goal early there and to have that stand,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “Credit Bemidji. They blocked a lot of shots and Brittni Mowat played fantastic and made some highlight reel saves there, in the second period in particular. We generated a lot of chances but weren’t able to put the puck in the net.”
Minnesota (3-1, 1-1 WCHA) outshot Bemidji State 31-19 but had only two power play opportunities, one early in the third period, the other with 4:25 to play when Thibodeau, of Maple Grove, was called for interference.
On Friday, the Gophers fell behind 1-0 in the final period, but rallied to win 3-1, getting two goals from Dani Cameranesi.
She, Sydney Baldwin and Cara Piazza led Minnesota with four shots apiece against Bemidji State (3-1, 1-1) in the second game of the series, but nothing got past Mowat.
Mowat had a .942 save percentage last season, second best in conference play.
Ciscely Nelson scored the insurance goal for the Beavers.