Game Notes at Findlay
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Nov. 23, 2003

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State continues its road trip in Ohio with a two-game non-conference series with College Hockey America member Findlay on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and Wednesday, Nov. 26. The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. BSU will be playing its third CHA opponent of the season, as the Beavers staged a win and a tie against Wayne State (3-2, 2-2) on Oct. 10 and 11 and dropped a pair of games to Mercyhurst (0-8, 1-3) on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

The Series vs. Findlay
Tuesday’s contest will represent the eighth meeting between the the Beavers and the Oilers. Findlay is the last team BSU swept, as the Beavers upended the Oilers 4-3 and 5-1 during the 2002-03 season (2-14/15-03). Bemidji State owns an all-time record of 5-1-1 against Findlay.

About the Oilers
UF has compiled a record of 4-5-1 overall and a 0-3-1 mark in CHA competition. The Oilers notched a tie and a loss against Niagara (4-4, 1-2) on Nov. 15 and 16 in Niagara Falls, NY..

Last Action for the Beavers
Bemidji State (1-10-1, 0-8-0 WCHA) dropped a pair of games to Ohio State (1-2, 0-4) on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 in Columbus, Ohio. BSU has now lost 10 consecutive games for the first time in the five-year history of the program. The Beavers previous record of five straight setbacks came in the 2000-01 season (11/12-12/2).

After falling behind 2-0 Friday night, Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ont.) netted a power play goal at the 11:41 mark of the third period, which allowed the Beavers to draw within one goal of the Buckeyes. BSU peppered goalkeeper Melissa Glaser with 13 shots in the third period, but was unable to generate the equalizer.

Behind the 33-save performance of freshman goaltender Erika Vanderveer, the Buckeyes blanked the Beavers 4-0 in the rubber match on Saturday afternoon.

BSU vs. College Hockey America
Bemidji State has posted a record of 18-11-4 in contests with members of College Hockey America. The women’s CHA is in its second year of existence, while the men’s CHA recently started its fifth season of competition.

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 Oilers
Olson is 2-0-0 against the Badgers after one season at BSU.

Olson vs. the CHA
Olson holds a 3-4-1 record in games against teams from the CHA.

Stats, Scores and More Information
• Bemidji State: /athletics/
• Findlay: http://athletics.findlay.edu/sports
• 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.

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in points (5) and is tied for first in goals (2) and assists (3) after 12 games.

Zuelke a Leader on Defense
Sophomore defenseman Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) returns as Bemidji State’s top scoring defender from the 2002-03 season with 6 points (2g, 4a). Zeulke netted her second point of the season with an assist on Nov. 21 against Ohio State.

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.

Freshmen Producing Early
Five members of the freshmen class, Kelly Hart (5), Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) (3), Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ont.) (3), Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) (2) and Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ont.) (1) have combined to produce 14 of the 22 points (63.6%) scored by the Beavers this season.

Father Figure
Sophomore center Carly Napier (Toronto, Ont.) is the daughter of Mark Napier who played for 11 season 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 g, 306a) in his career and won Stanley Cups with Montreal (1979) and Edmonton (1985).

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 (112), seventh in points (54), seventh in goals (28), seventh in assists (26), fifth in power-play goals (9), fifth in game-winning goals (4) and tied for second in hat tricks (1).

Napier Performing on the Power Play
Carly Napier tallied her team-leading second power-play goal on Nov. 1 against Mercyhurst. Napier is tied for third on the team in scoring with two points.
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