Game Notes vs. Ohio State
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Jan. 20, 2004
Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State will resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a two-game series against Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday night and 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Series vs. Ohio State
Friday’s contest will represent the 21st meeting between the the Beavers and the Buckeyes. BSU owns a 6-11-3 record against Ohio State, including an 0-2 mark this season. OSU swept (2-1, 4-0) the Beavers on Nov. 21-22 in Columbus, Ohio. Bemidji State will be looking for its first win over the Buckeyes since beating OSU 4-2 on Nov. 2, 2002, at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

About the Buckeyes
Ohio State (11-6-2, 7-6-1 WCHA) currently sits third in the WCHA standings with 15 points after coming away with a win (3-0) and a tie (2-2) at home against Minnesota State on Jan. 16-17. The Buckeyes have lost only once in their last 13 games and enter this weekend’s series as the 10th ranked team in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 19) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Jan. 20).

The OSU offense is led by forward Jana Harrigan (8-8-16) and defenseman Emma Laaksonen (2-10-12). Melissa Glaser (7-6-1) and Erika Vanderveer (4-0-1) have each seen time in goal for Ohio State but Vanderveer has put up the better numbers of the two, as she owns a 0.79 goals against average and a .966 save percentage.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (4-17-1, 2-12-0 WCHA) dropped a pair of non-conference contests (2-5, 2-4) to North Dakota (8-13-2) on Friday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 18. UND earned its first sweep of the Beavers in its short two-year history.

The Fighting Sioux netted three first period goals on nine shots to knock off BSU 5-2 Friday night at the John Glas Fieldhouse. After allowing an additional goal early in the second period, Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) finally put the Beavers on the scoreboard with a shorthanded tally, her fourth of the season and the team’s first shorthanded goal of the 2003-04 campaign. Sophomore Carly Napier (Toronto, Ontario) brought the Beavers within two goals with a marker of her own off an assist from Guylaine Haché (Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick). Netminder Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) stopped 23 shots between the pipes for BSU.

Behind Liz Funk’s two power-play goals, North Dakota defeated Bemidji State 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Stasia Baskhit also added two scores for the Fighting Sioux in the victory. Frosh Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) notched her fourth goal of the year for the Beavers off helpers from Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ont.) and Ashley Medori (Onoway, Alberta). Junior defender Jenny Schnickel (Coon Rapids, Minn.) chipped in the other BSU goal, her third of the year and seventh point of the season. Anik Côté (Grand Falls, New Brunswick) finished with 23 saves in the loss for the Beavers.

Behind the Bench for Bemidji State
After compiling a 9-17-7 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 Buckeyes
Olson is 1-4-2 all-time against Ohio State.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 7-25-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 27-68-15 in WCHA competition, including a 2-12-0 mark this season.

Captains
Senior goaltender Anik Côté will serve as captain for the 2003-04 season, while senior forward Guylaine Haché and junior defender Jenny Schnickel will each carry the title of assistant captain.

Father Figure
Sophomore center Carly Napier 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).

International Flavor
Freshman forward Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) and freshman defenseman Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) are the First European players to put on a Beaver uniform in the history of the program. Both bring national team experience and Ziegenhals was a member of three German Championship teams. So far this season, Tageson has notched seven points (4-4), while Ziegenhals has added three points (0-3).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel improved her career point total to 16 (5-11) with a goal in BSU’s 4-2 loss at North Dakota on Jan. 18. Schnickel leads the Beavers in scoring by a defenseman this season with seven points (3-4). The assistant captain has already surpassed her point total of a year ago (1-4-5) with 12 regular season games remaining.

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (6), assists (8) and points (14) after 22 games. Hart is tied for 11th among all Division I freshmen in point scoring and is 19th in the country in points per game by a rookie (0.64). In addition, Hart also sits near the top of the leader board in the WCHA freshmen scoring race as she is third in overall scoring and tied for fourth in both goals and assists. Minnesota’s Lyndsay Wall (6-15-21) and Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (12-8-20) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Jan. 20.

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshmen class has scored 47 points this season, making them the sixth highest scoring crew of rookies in the country. The rookie classes from Clarkson (93), Findlay (85), Union (58), Mercyhurst (51) and Minnesota (52) round out the top-five freshman classes in scoring. BSU’s freshmen class is also the second most productive rookie class in the WCHA, behind only Minnesota’s newcomers.
Six frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (6-8-14), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ont.) (5-4-9), Nikki Eckebrecht (4-4-8), Helena Tageson (4-4-8), Nina Ziegenhals (0-3-3) and Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ont.) (3-2-5) have combined to produce 56.0 percent of the team’s scoring.

Starting Strong
Bemidji State has enjoyed a 3-1-0 record when scoring the game’s first goal and the Beavers are 3-0-0 when leading after one period of play.

Learning From the Best
BSU has endured a very demanding schedule in the 2003-04 season having competed against five of the current top 10 teams in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 19) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Jan. 20). Minnesota (1), Wisconsin (4/5), Minnesota Duluth (5/4), Mercyhurst (7) and Ohio State (10) have combined to generate a 65-23-12 record and .710 winning percentage so far this season.

Côté and Luebke Moving Up the Ranks
Senior Anik Côté is staking her claim among the all-time best goalkeepers at Bemidji State, as the senior captain is currently first in save percentage (.895), first in goals against average (3.47), second in minutes (2832:53), second in wins (11), second in games (52) and second in saves (1,405).

Sophomore goaltender Jill Luebke is also among the Beavers career goaltending leaders, as she is third in games (28), fourth in saves (602), tied for third in wins (5), fourth in minutes (1369:48) and tied for second in ties (6).

Napier Coming of Age
Carly Napier topped her scoring output of a year ago (3-2-5) with a goal and assist in the Beavers 5-2 and 4-2 losses to North Dakota on Jan. 16 and 18. Napier has tallied four goals and three assists this season, good for seven points.

Haché a Record Breaker
Guylaine Haché is making her mark in the record book at BSU, as the senior forward is sixth all-time in games (121), seventh in points (58), seventh in goals (30), seventh in assists (28), tied for third in power-play goals (10), tied for third in game-winning goals (5) and tied for second in hat tricks (1).

Red-Hot Robinson
Frosh Kate Robinson has jumped into second place on BSU’s scoring list (5-4-9) after earning an assist in the Beavers 4-2 setback to North Dakota on Jan. 18. Robinson has now recorded seven points (3-4) in her last six games. The freshman is also climbing up the WCHA rookie scoring column, as she is currently tied for second among frosh in power-play goals (3), tied for 10th in overall scoring, tied for sixth in goals and tied for 10th in assists. In league games, Robinson is tied for first among freshmen in goals (5) with Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi, tied for 10th in assists (2) and tied for third in points (7) with teammate Kelly Hart (3-4-7).

Get Shorty
Forward Helena Tageson registered the Beavers first shorthanded goal of the season in last Friday’s 5-2 loss to North Dakota (1-16-04). The last time a BSU player scored a shorthanded goal came on Jan. 10, 2003, when Lill Raynard’s shorthanded marker helped lead the Beavers to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota State at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Kluck Assisting the Way
Junior forward Nicky Kluck (Delano, Minn.) improved her career point total to 14 (3-11) with an assist in the Beavers 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday, Jan. 10. Kluck also tallied two helpers in BSU’s home victory over the Huskies on Friday, Dec. 12, marking a career high in both assists and points.

Eckebrecht Elevating Her Play
Frosh forward Nikki Eckebrecht continues to provide much-needed scoring for the Beavers, as she notched a career-high two assists in BSU’s 7-3 loss at St. Cloud State on Dec. 12. In addition, Eckebrecht netted her fourth lamplighter of the season in last Sunday’s loss at North Dakota (1-18-04). Eckebrecht is presently tied for third on the squad in scoring (4-4-8) with freshman Helena Tageson (4-4-8).

Lankton on the Offensive
Defenseman Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), a transfer from the Univrsity of New Hampshire, has picked up three assists in the 2003-04 campaign after being held scoreless all of last season. The sophomore has tallied two assists in her last six contests, including helpers in Bemidj State’s 5-3 win over St. Cloud State on Dec. 12 and the Beavers 7-3 loss to the Huskies on Jan. 12.

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

Media Information
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