Hockey Notes vs. St. Cloud State
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Dec. 9, 2003

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State will look to earn its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win of the season with a pair of contests with St. Cloud State on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 2:05 p.m. Saturday.

The Series vs. St. Cloud State
In 21 prior meetings with the Huskies, BSU has compiled a 9-9-3 record, including a 3-1-1 mark during the 2002-03 season. The Beavers swept a two-game series (3-1, 6-1) at home against St. Cloud State in the last encounter between the two schools (1-24/25-03).

About the Huskies
The Huskies (3-10-1, 0-7-1 WCHA) are currently sixth in the WCHA standings with one point. St. Cloud State’s three wins have each come in non-conference play, as the Huskies swept North Dakota (2-1, 5-4) on Oct. 24 and 25 and defeated Mercyhurst 3-1 on Nov. 28.

The St. Cloud State offense is led by senior defender Kobi Kawamoto and junior Carrie Holldorf. Kawamoto leads the team in assists (9) and points (12), while Holldorf is the top goal scorer (6) on the squad and ranks second in points (11).

SCSU picked up one of a possible four points with a tie (3-3) and a loss (1-4) to Minnesota State (8-4-2, 5-3-2 WCHA) on Dec. 5 and 6 in St. Cloud, Minn..

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (2-13-1, 0-10-0 WCHA) was swept (0-7, 1-6) by number one ranked Minnesota (13-0-1, 9-0-1 WCHA) on Friday Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Golden Gophers outshot the Beavers by a clip of 99-42 on the weekend, including a 55-23 mark on Friday night.

Behind four point performances from La Toya Clarke and Natalie Darwitz, Minnesota dropped Bemidji State 7-0 Friday evening. Sophomore Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) finished with a career-high 48 saves, besting her old mark of 42 set against Ohio State in the 2003 WCHA Final Five (2-28-03).

La Toya Clarke and Lynsday Wall each tallied three points to secure a 6-1 UM victory and two-game series sweep of BSU Saturday night. Minnesota came out strong in the opening period, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of the contest.

After UM added three additional scores, BSU finally lit up the scoreboard at 19:22 of the third stanza as frosh Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) notched her second goal of the season. Frosh Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ont.) and Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ont.) each were credited with helpers on the goal. Senior Anik Côté (Grand Falls, NB) stopped 33 shots after replacing sophomore Jill Luebke, who made five saves and allowed three goals.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 23-68-15 in WCHA competition, including a 0-10-0 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 Huskies
Olson is 3-1-1 against the Huskies after one season at BSU.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 5-23-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

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 defender 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.

Stats, Scores and More Information
• Bemidji State: /athletics/
• St. Cloud State: http://www.stcloudstate.edu.edu/~sports
• Western Collegiate Hockey Association: http://www.wcha.com
• US College Hockey Online http://www.uscho.com

Leading With Hart
Frosh forward Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ont.) leads the Beavers in points (7) and assists (4) and is tied for first in goals (3) after 16 games.

Luebke Tabs Milestone
Sophomore netminder Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) stopped a career-high 48 shots in a 7-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday, Dec. 5. Luebke bested her old mark of 42 set against Ohio State in the 2003 WCHA Final Five (2-28-03).

Freshmen Producing Early
Six frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (7), Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) (5), Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ont.) (4), Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) (2), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ont.) (2) and Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ont.) (1) have combined to produce 21 of the 38 points (55.3%) 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 (116), 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 4-2 setback to Findlay on Nov. 26. The junior center is currently tied for the team lead in goals (3) and tied for third in points (4).

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 on Nov. 26.

Power-play Resurgence
The Beavers generated a season high two power play goals in both games with Findlay on Nov. 25 and 26. 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 on Nov. 26. Schnickel’s two helpers marked a career high in both assists and points. The assistant captain is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with three points (1-2).
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