Game Notes vs. North Dakota
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Feb. 3, 2004
Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State will play its last non-conference series of the season on Friday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 8 against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Friday’s game will be played at the John Glas Fieldhouse, while Sunday’s contest is at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.

The Series vs. North Dakota
BSU has compiled a 2-3-1 record against UND and the Fighting Sioux came away with a pair of victories (5-2, 4-2) over the Beavers in the last meetings between the two teams on Jan. 16 and 18. Bemidji State owns a 0-2-1 home record and a 2-1-0 mark at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

About the Fighting Sioux
After starting the season with a 5-13-6 record, North Dakota (11-14-2) has picked up victories in six of its last seven games. UND has averaged averaged 3.57 goals per game in the past seven contests, compared to 1.95 goals per game in its first 20 games. The Fighting Sioux split (3-1, 1-3) a two-game set with Findlay at home on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Stasia Bakhit (17-11-28) and Elizabeth Funk (13-11-24) are the Fighting Sioux’s top scoring forwards, while Abbey Strong (1-13-14) is UND’s top offensive threat on the blue line. Goaltender Margaret Ann-Hinkley has recorded a 7-8-1 season record with a 2.70 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (5-20-1, 3-15-0 WCHA) was swept (1-4, 0-4) by Minnesota (19-2-1, 13-2-1) on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Minnesota’s first line combination of Becky Wacker, Krissy Wendell and Kelly Stephens combined to tally seven points in a 4-1 Golden Gopher victory on Saturday afternoon.

UM started the game’s scoring at 4:21 when Kelly Stephens lit up the scoreboard to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. The Beavers quickly answered Minnesota, however, as Kelly Hart netted her team-leading eighth marker of the season at the 15:15 mark. Laura Lankton and Kate Robinson each secured helpers on the goal, their fourth and fifth of the season, respectively. Besides tying the game up at 1-1, BSU outshot UM 7-4 in the opening stanza.

Krissy Wendell tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Golden Gophers at 4:18 of the second period with her 18th goal of the year. Minnesota outshot the Beavers by a 7-4 clip in a period that saw just one goal.

UM added two goals in less than 50 seconds in the final period of regulation, as Becky Wacker notched her ninth goal of the season at 17:01 and Andrea Nichols recorded her sixth lamplighter of the year at 17:49. The Beavers were unable to generate any further scoring and were outshot 9-8 in the third period.

For the game, Minnesota had 20 shots to BSU’s 19. Netminder Anik Côté made 16 saves in the loss.
Minnesota completed a two-game sweep with a 4-0 triumph on Sunday. With the win, UM solidified a 4-0 mark against the Beavers this season.

The Golden Gophers received goals from Kelly Stephens, Krissy Wendell, Becky Wacker and Stacy Troumbly, and outshot BSU by a 27-10 clip. Senior goaltender Anik Côté stopped 23 shots between the pipes for the Beavers. The captain now has a record of 2-10-0 this season.

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 Fighting Sioux
Olson is 2-3-1 all-time against North Dakota.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 8-28-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 28-71-15 in WCHA competition, including a 3-15-0 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 nine points (4-5), while Ziegenhals has added four points (0-4).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel improved her career point total to 17 (6-11) with a goal in BSU’s 4-3 win over Ohio State on Jan. 23. Schnickel leads the Beavers in scoring by a defenseman this season with eight points (4-4). The assistant captain has already surpassed her point total of a year ago (1-4-5) with eight regular season games remaining.

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (8), assists (9) and points (18) after 26 games. Hart is tied for 14th among all Division I freshmen in point scoring, 23rd in the country in points per game by a rookie (0.65) and is tied for fourth among freshmen in game-winning goals (2). In addition, Hart also sits near the top of the leader board in the WCHA freshmen scoring race, as she is fourth in overall scoring, fourth in goals and sixth in assists. Minnesota’s Lyndsay Wall (6-15-21, Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (12-8-20) and Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer (4-14-18) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Feb. 3.

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshmen class has scored 55 points this season, making them the sixth highest scoring crew of rookies in the country. The rookie classes from Clarkson (130), Findlay (91), Mercyhurst (63), Minnesota (61) and Union (60) round out the top-five freshmen classes in scoring. BSU’s freshman class is also the second most productive rookie class in the WCHA, behind only Minnesota’s newcomers.
Seven frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (8-9-17), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) (5-5-10), Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontraio) (4-5-9), Helena Tageson (4-5-9), Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ontario) (3-2-5), Nina Ziegenhals (0-4-4) and Stephanie Hoard (Thief River Falls, Minn.) (0-1-1) have combined to produce 55.6 percent of the team’s scoring.

Learning From the Best
Bemidji State 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 (Feb. 2) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Feb. 3). Minnesota (2), Wisconsin (4), Minnesota Duluth (5), Mercyhurst (7) and Minnesota State (9) have combined to generate a 77-25-13 record and .726 winning percentage so far this season. The Beavers are 0-12-0 against these five opponents, but BSU has recorded one win over a ranked opponent this year, as they defeated then number-10 ranked Ohio State 4-3 on Jan. 23.

Napier Coming of Age
Carly Napier achieved two milestones against Ohio State on Jan. 23. The sophomore recorded two helpers, marking a career high in assists and tying a personal best in points. Napier has tallied four goals and five assists this season, good for nine points and a share of the third spot on the team’s scoring list.

Haché a Record Breaker
Guylaine Haché is making her mark in the record book at Bemidji State, as the senior forward is sixth all-time in games (125), seventh in points (59), seventh in goals (31), 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).

Lankton on the Offensive
Defenseman Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, has picked up four assists in the 2003-04 campaign after being held scoreless all of last season. The sophomore has tallied three assists in her last 10 contests, including a helper in Bemidj State’s 4-1 loss to Minnesota on Jan. 31.

Côté and Luebke Moving Up the Ranks
Senior Anik Côté is staking her claim among the all-time best goalkeepers at BSU, as the senior captain is currently first in save percentage (.893), first in goals against average (3.47), second in minutes (3076:49), second in wins (12), second in games (56) and second in saves (1,480).
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).

Get Shorty
This year’s BSU squad has compiled more short-handed goals (2) than in the previous two seasons (1) combined. Helena Tageson registered the Beavers first short-handed goal of the season against North Dakota (1-16-04) and Guylaine Haché added the second short-handed tally against Ohio State (1-23-04). The most short-handed markers ever recorded in the five-year history of the program was set during the 2000-01 campaign, when the duo of Amber Fryklund (3) and Caesare Stimson (2) netted five short-handed scores.

Red-Hot Robinson
Frosh Kate Robinson is tied for second on Bemidji State’s scoring list (5-5-10) after earning an assist in the Beavers 4-1 setback to Minnesota last Friday night. Robinson has now recorded eight points (3-5) in her last 10 games. The freshman is also climbing up the WCHA rookie scoring column, as she is currently fourth among frosh in power-play goals (3), tied for 12th in overall scoring, tied for seventh in goals and tied for 13th in assists. In league games, Robinson is tied for third among freshmen in goals (5) and tied for eighth in points (5-3-8).

Hart Seeking Freshman Scoring Title
Kelly Hart’s point total of 8-9-17 places her second all-time in freshmen scoring behind only Caesare Stimson, who tabbed 15-12-27 during her rookie season in 2000-01. Hart is averaging 0.65 points per game, while Stimson averaged 0.79 points per game her freshman year.

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.

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