Game Notes at Minnesota
Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Dec. 2, 2003

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State will travel to Ridder Arena for a pair of games with the number-one ranked team in the country, Minnesota (11-0-1, 7-0-1 WCHA), on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday night and 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Series vs. Minnesota
Friday’s contest will mark the 18th meeting between the Beavers and the Golden Gophers. Minnesota own a 14-0-3 record against BSU, including a sweep (0-7, 2-7) of the Beavers in the last encounter between the two schools in Minneapolis, Minn. (2-1/2-03).

About the Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers carry the number one ranking in both the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I Poll (12-1-03) and the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (12-2-03), respectively. UM is currently on top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 15 points.

Minnesota has outscored its opponents by a 62-15 clip (5.17 goals per game), making the Golden Gophers the second highest scoring team in the nation behind only Harvard (6.00 goals per game). Sophomore Natalie Darwitz leads all forwards in Division I with 31 points (12-19), while frosh Lyndsay Wall is the top scorer among defenders with 17 points (4-13).

UM lengthened its nation best 12-game unbeaten streak with a pair of home victories (6-2, 10-1) over future WCHA member North Dakota (2-11-1) Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (2-11-1, 0-8-0 WCHA) split a non-conference series (3-1, 2-4) with Findlay (5-6-1, 0-3-1 CHA) on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and Wednesday, Nov. 26 in Findlay, Ohio. The win on Tuesday night snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Beavers, dating back to a 3-2 triumph over Wayne State on Oct. 11 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Bemidji State took advantage of back-to-back power-play goals in the second period from Guylaine Haché (Petit-Rocher, NB) and Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ont.) to stage its second win of the 2003-04 campaign on Friday night. Sophomore Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) was strong in goal, stopping 24 shots in route to her second victory of the year.

Findlay tallied three unanswered markers in the final period of regulation to secure a 4-2 win for the Oilers on Saturday night. After trailing 1-0 after the first stanza, sophomore Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) and sophomore Carly Napier (Toronto, Ont.) each chipped in a goal to give the Beavers a 2-1 advantage. UF turned the table on BSU in the third period, as Findlay connected on two power-play chances and one shorthanded opportunity to solidify a two-goal margin of victory.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 23-66-15 in WCHA competition, including a 0-8-0 mark this season.

Behind the Bench for Bemidj State
After compiling a 9-7-17 record and fifth place WCHA finish in the 2002-03 campaign head coach Bruce Olson is back for his second year at BSU. Olson comes to Bemidji State after a highly-successful career at the high school level which spanned more than two decades. After a four-year playing career at Minnesota-Duluth from 1975-’79, Olson took over the boy’s program at Minot High School in Minot, N.D. He directed Minot High to a pair of North Dakota state runner-up finishes in 1985 and 1987, and in ‘87 was named North Dakota Hockey Coach of the Year.

In 1991, Olson left Minot to take over the varsity boy’s program at Roseau, (Minn.) High. During his run at Roseau, Olson earned Minnesota 8AA Coach of the Year honors twice (1995-’96 and 1998-’99), was named State Coach of the Year in 1998-’99 and led Roseau to the 1999 state championship. Olson’s 1999 state championship team was the sixth state champion in Roseau history. In addition, Olson’s 1999 team won state Academic Champion honors.

Olson took a one-year leave of absence from Roseau in 1999-2000, spending that year working on a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota. During that year, Olson also took over head coaching duties for the UND women’s ice hockey club team. He helped set the stage for the elevation of the North Dakota club program to NCAA varsity status; the Sioux make their debut in the WCHA the fall of 2004-05.

During his high school coaching career, Olson directed 15 players who went on to Division I playing careers, nine of which played for North Dakota. That group includes current University of North Dakota players David Lundbohm and Jake Brandt and brothers Mike Klema (Yale) and David Klema (Boston University).

Olson was a four-year letter winner for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs from 1975-’79. He played in 137 games for the Bulldogs, tallying 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) in his career.

Olson vs. the Golden Gophers
Olson is 0-3-1 against the Gophers after one season at BSU.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 5-21-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

Feeling Minnesota
The state of Minnesota is well represented on the 2003-04 Beavers squad as eight of the 24 (33.3%) players hail from the gopher state.

Captains
Senior goaltender Anik Côté (Grand Falls, New Brunswick) will serve as captain for the 2003-04 season, while senior forward Guylaine Haché (Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick) and junior defenseman Jenny Schnickel (Coon Rapids, Minn.) will each carry the title of assistant captain.

Father Figure
Sophomore center Carly Napier (Toronto, Ont.) is the daughter of Mark Napier who played for 11 seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens (1978-83), Minnesota North Stars (1983-85), Edmonton Oilers (1985-87) and Buffalo Sabres (1987-89). Mark compiled 541 points (235-306) in his career and won Stanley Cups with Montreal (1979) and Edmonton (1985).

Media Information
For season statistics, box scores and any other information concerning Bemidji State University women’s hockey, please contact BSU graduate assistant sports information director Jon Oman at 218-755-2763 or joman@bemidjistate.edu. You can also access all of this information via the Internet at /athletics/, the official Web site of Bemidji State University Athletics.

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ont.) leads the Beavers in points (6) and is tied for first in goals (3) and assists (3) after 14 games.

Zuelke a Leader on Defense
Sophomore defender Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) returns as Bemidji State’s top scoring defender from the 2002-03 season with six points (2-4). Zeulke netted her third point of the season with a power-play goal against Findlay last week (11-26-03).

Freshmen Producing Early
Six members of the freshmen class, Kelly Hart (6), Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) (4), Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ont.) (3), Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) (2), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ont.) (2) and Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ont.) (1) have combined to produce 18 of the 35 points (51.4%) scored by the Beavers this season.

Haché a Record Breaker
Assistant captain Guylaine Haché is making her mark in the record book at BSU, as the senior forward is sixth all-time in games (114), seventh in points (55), seventh in goals (29), seventh in assists (26), tied for third in power-play goals (10), tied for third in game-winning goals (5) and tied for second in hat tricks (1).

Napier Coming of Age
Carly Napier is on pace to eclipse her scoring output of a year ago (3-2-5) with more than half of the 2003-04 season remaining. Napier has four points (3-1) this year and she earned a career high two points (1-1) in last Wednesday’s 4-2 setback to Findlay (11-26-02). The junior center is currently tied for the team lead in goals (3) and tied for second in points (4).

Power-play Resurgence
The Beavers generated a season high two power play goals in both games with Findlay this past week. The last time BSU scored at least two power-play markers was in a 6-2 win at Minnesota State during the 2002-03 season (10-25-02), in which the Beavers compiled three power-play scores. Additionally, the last time Bemidji State notched at least two power play tallies in consecutive contests came in the 2001-02 campaign when BSU netted three lamplighters in a 4-3 win against Minnesota State (11-3-01) and two power-play goals in a 2-2 tie at Minnesota (11-10-01).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel (Coon Rapids, Minn.) improved her career point total to 12 (3-9) with two assists in the Beavers 4-2 loss to Findlay last Wednesday (11-26-03). Schnickel’s two helpers marked a career high in both assists and points. The assistant captain is tied for third on the team in scoring with three points (1-2).

Stats, Scores and More Information
• Bemidji State: /athletics/
• Minnesota: http://www.gophersports.com
• Western Collegiate Hockey Association: http://www.wcha.com
• US College Hockey Online http://www.uscho.com
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