Game Notes at Ohio State
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Nov. 18, 2003

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a two-game tilt with Ohio State University on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday night and 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon. BSU will be playing its fourth Western Collegiate Hockey Association series of the season.

The Series vs. Ohio State
Friday’s contest will represent the 19th meeting between the the Beavers and the Buckeyes. BSU owns a 6-9-3 record against Ohio State, including a 1-2-2 mark in the 2002-03 season. The Buckeyes ended the Beavers season in the last encounter between the two schools with a 4-3 overtime victory in the WCHA Final Five in Grand Forks, ND (3-6-03).

About the Buckeyes
Ohio State has compiled a record of 3-5-0 in the 2003-04 campaign, with each of its eight games coming against WCHA competition.
The Buckeyes swept a weekend series with St. Cloud State (5-2, 3-0) on Nov. 14 and 15 in St. Cloud, Minn..

Last Action for the Beavers
Bemidji State (1-8-1, 0-6-0 WCHA) was swept by Wisconsin (1-4, 0-2) on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The Badgers are now 18-1-1 all-time against the Beavers.

After playing to a 1-1 tie after two periods, Wisconsin erupted for three unanswered goals to edge BSU 4-1 Friday night. Frosh Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ont.) netted her first collegiate goal on the power-play for Bemidji State, while frosh Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) added a helper, tying her for the team lead in assists (2).

Sophomore Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) made 30 saves in the loss for the Beavers.

Saturday’s matchup proved to be a defensive struggle as neither team lit the scoreboard until the 15:23 mark of the second stanza when senior Meghan Hunter tallied a shorthanded goal to put the Badgers in front 1-0. UW picked up an empty-net goal late in the third period to solidify a 2-0 victory.

Senior goaltender Anik Côté stopped a season-high 32 shots for BSU.

BSU vs. WCHA
Bemidji State holds a record of 23-64-15 against WCHA competition, including an 0-6-0 mark this season.

Behind the Bench for Bemidji 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 Buckeyes
Olson is 1-2-2 against the Badgers after one season at BSU.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 5-19-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

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

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.
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