Game Notes vs. Minnesota Duluth
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Feb. 11, 2004

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State will host three-time defending national champion and sixth-ranked Minnesota Duluth on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 in its last home series of the season. Both games are set to start at 7:05 p.m. Free tickets will be available at numerous locations around the Bemidji area.

The Series vs. Minnesota Duluth
BSU is winless in 18 previous meetings with the Bulldogs, but the Beavers did earn a 3-3 tie with UMD on Feb. 3, 2002, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Minnesota Duluth posted two victories (5-0, 8-0) over the Beavers earlier this season at the DECC (10-17/18-03).

About the Bulldogs
Minnesota Duluth (13-9-2, 9-6-1 WCHA) is currently tied for third with Ohio State in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 19 points. UMD sports a potent offense, as the Bulldogs are fourth in the nation in scoring with 4.04 goals per game and second in WCHA scoring, behind only Minnesota, who is averaging 4.58 goals per game.

Bulldog forwards Caroline Ouellette (19-30-49) and Jenny Potter (24-23-47) are the country’s second and third leading scorers, while Jessica Koizumi (14-8-22) is tied for first in WCHA freshman scoring with Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer (5-17-22). Freshmen Riitta Schaublin (8-7-2) and Anna-Kaisa Piiroinen (5-2-0) have each shared time between the pipes for Minnesota Duluth, but Schaublin has slightly better numbers, as she has compiled a 2.35 goals against average and .916 save percentage.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (5-22-1, 3-15-0 WCHA) was swept (1-5, 3-5) by non-conference foe North Dakota (13-14-2) in a home-and-home series on Friday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 8 North Dakota tallied three power-play goals and one shorthanded marker en-route to a 5-1 victory on Friday night. The three power-play scores by UND were the most allowed by the Beavers this season.

The Fighting Sioux jumped on the Beavers three times in the opening period, scoring three consecutive goals, each of which came on the power-play. Marissa Hangsleben lit the lamp for UND and Sherrie White, netted two markers of her own to build a 3-0 advantage for the visitors.
Frosh Kate Robinson broke up the Fighting Sioux’s attempt at a shutout with her sixth tally of the 2003-04 campaign off a helper from junior Nicky Kluck.

Despite being outshot by a clip of 22-15 in the final two periods of play, North Dakota secured a 5-1 lead, as Stasia Bakhit notched two additional lamplighters for the Fighting Sioux. Sophomore netminder Jill Luebke made 21 saves between the pipes for the Beavers.

Despite outshooting UND 36-28 and holding a one-goal lead on three different ocassions, Bemidji State dropped Sunday’s contest 5-3 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Assistant captain Guylaine Haché recorded her 32nd career goal and 60th career point to open BSU’s scoring in the opening stanza. Laura Lankton lit the lamp for the first time in her collegiate career later in the period and the two teams went to the first intermission tied at 2-2.

Frosh Kelly Hart netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season and third power-play marker of the year in to give BSU its final lead of the game.

North Dakota scored back-to-back power-play goals and an empty-netter in the third period to solidify a 5-3 triumph. Jill Luebke stopped 23 shots in the loss.

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 Bulldogs
Olson is 0-6-0 all-time against Minnesota Duluth.

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 10 points (4-6), while Ziegenhals has added four points (0-4).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel improved her career point total to 18 (6-12) with an assist in BSU’s 5-3 loss to North Dakota on Feb. 8. Schnickel leads the Beavers in scoring by a defenseman this season with nine points (4-5). The assistant captain has already surpassed her point total of a year ago (1-4-5) with six regular season games remaining.

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (9), assists (9) and points (18) after 28 games. Hart is tied for 14th among all Division I freshmen in point scoring, 22nd in the country in points per game by a rookie (0.64) and is tied for sixth among freshmen in game-winning goals (2). In addition, Hart also sits near the top of the leaderboard in the WCHA freshmen scoring race, as she is fourth in overall scoring, fourth in goals and tied for sixth in assists. Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (14-8-22), Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer (5-17-22) and Minnesota’s Becky Wacker (12-6-18) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Feb. 10.

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshmen class has scored 58 points this season, making them the eighth highest scoring crew of rookies in the country. The rookie classes from Clarkson (156), Findlay (102), Mercyhurst (71), Minnesota (68), Yale (65), Union (61) and Minnesota Duluth (60) round out the top-seven freshmen classes in scoring. BSU’s freshman class is also the third most productive rookie class in the WCHA, behind only Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth’s newcomers.

Seven frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (9-9-18), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) (6-5-11), Helena Tageson (4-6-10) Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontraio) (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 53.7 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 six of the current top 12 teams in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Feb. 9) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Feb. 10). Minnesota (2), Wisconsin (4), Minnesota Duluth (6), Mercyhurst (7), Minnesota State (11) and Ohio State (12) have combined to generate a 96-38-13 record and .697 winning percentage so far this season. The Beavers are 1-15-0 against these six opponents and thier one win came against then number-10 ranked Ohio State 4-3 on Jan. 23.

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 (127), seventh in points (60), seventh in goals (32), 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). Haché has six points (2-4) this season, including a goal in last Sunday’s game at UND (2-8-04), which marked the 60th point of her career.

Lankton on the Offensive
Defenseman Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, has picked up a goal and four assists in the 2003-04 campaign after being held scoreless all of last season. The sophomore has tallied three assists in her last 12 contests and she recorded her first career goal in last Sunday’s loss to North Dakota (2-8-04).

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 played (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 played (30), fourth in saves (646), tied for third in wins (5), third in minutes played (1489:15) 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 second on Bemidji State’s scoring list (6-5-11) after tallying a goal in the Beavers 4-1 setback to North Dakota last Friday night. Robinson has now recorded eight points (4-5) in her last 12 games. The freshman is also climbing up the WCHA rookie scoring column, as she is currently tied for third among frosh in power-play goals (3), 12th in overall scoring, tied for seventh in goals and tied for 14th in assists. In league games, Robinson is tied for sixth among freshmen in goals (5) and tied for ninth in points (5-3-8).

Hart Seeking Freshman Scoring Title
Kelly Hart’s point total of 9-9-18 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 0.64 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/
• Minnesota Duluth: http://www.umdbulldogs.com
• Western Collegiate Hockey Association: http://www.wcha.com
• US College Hockey Online http://www.uscho.com
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