Game Notes at Wisconsin
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Mar. 2, 2004

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State closes out the 2003-04 season with a two-game set at fifth- ranked Wisconsin on Saturday, Mar. 6 and Sunday, Mar. 7. The puck will drop at 2:05 p.m. both days.

The Series vs. Wisconsin
The Beavers have earned one win in 20 previous meetings with Wisconsin. The lone victory came on Dec. 9, 2001, when BSU beat the Badgers 5-1 in Madison. UW swept (4-1, 2-0) the Beavers earlier this season at the John Glas Fieldhouse (11-7/8-03).

About the Badgers
Wisconsin (22-5-3, 16-5-1 WCHA) enters the final weekend of the regular season with 33 points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings and three points shy of first-place Minnesota. The Badgers boast one of the nation’s top defensive units, as UW is allowing just 1.40 goals per game, placing them second in the country in scoring defense behind only Harvard (1.26 gpg). In addition, Wisconsin is the most disciplined team in the WCHA averaging only 8.2 penalty minutes per game.

Meghan Horras (10-3-2) and Christine Dufour (11-2-1) have shared time between the pipes, but both have posted stellar numbers. Horras has secured a 1.21 goals against average, good for the top spot in the nation and the sophomore is second in the country in save percentage (.941). Dufour is also in the top-five among goaltenders in the nation with a 1.53 goals against average.
Wisconsin swept (5-1, 8-2) a two-game series with Ohio State on Feb. 27-28 in Columbus, Ohio.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (5-25-2, 3-18-1 WCHA) took one out of four points from Minnesota State on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 in Mankato. The Beavers tied the Mavericks 2-2 in overtime on Friday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak. MSU dropped Bemidji State 4-1 on Saturday.

After jumping out to a 2-0 early lead in the second period over Minnesota State on Friday, BSU held on for a 2-2 tie in overtime.

The Beavers started the game’s scoring at 5:32 of the first period as sophomore Carly Napier (Toronto, Ontario) tallied her fifth marker of the season off helpers from Cassi Petsch (New Prague, Minn.) and Melissa Schaeffer (Milwaukee, Wis.). BSU extended its lead to two goals when frosh Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) took a long pass from Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) and scored a short-handed tally, her fifth lamplighter of the year. The assist by Hart was her team-leading 10th helper of the season.

MSU then tied the game with a power-play goal and an even-strength marker in the second stanza. Neither team was able to generate any further offense in the contest, as the two teams skated to scoreless third and overtime periods. Senior Anik Côté (Grand Falls, New Brunswick) was sharp between the pipes, making 27 saves in 65 minutes of work.

Despite ending the first period in a 1-1 tie, BSU surrendered three unanswered goals to give the Mavericks a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon.

After Minnesota State went ahead 1-0 early in the opening period, sophomore Cassi Petsch netted her second goal of the season and second point of the weekend to tie the contest at 1-1 in the second period. MSU took control from there, however, as the Mavericks scored back-to-back power-play goals, along with an empty-net tally to seal the Beavers fate. Côté stopped 24 shots in the loss, dropping her season record to 2-12-1.

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 Badgers
Olson is 0-5-1 all-time against Wisconsin.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 8-31-7 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 28-74-16 in WCHA competition, including a 3-18-1 mark this season.

Captains
Senior goaltender Anik Côté will serve as captain for the 2003-04 season, while senior forward Guylaine Haché (Grand Falls, 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, Ontario) 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 two games remaining.

Leading With Hart
Forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (9), assists (10) and points (19) after 32 games. Hart is tied for sixth among WCHA freshmen in overall scoring, tied for fifth in goals and tied for seventh in assists. Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (21-10-31) and Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer (7-24-31) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Mar. 2.

Starting Strong
Bemidji State has enjoyed a 4-2-1 record when scoring the game’s first goal and the Beavers are 4-0-1 when leading after one period of play.

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshman class has scored 60 points this season, making them the fourth highest scoring crew of rookies in the WCHA. The rookie classes from Wisconsin (84), Minnesota Duluth (79) and Minnesota (78) round out the top-four freshman classes in league scoring.

Seven frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) (9-10-19), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) (6-5-11), Helena Tageson (4-6-10) Nikki Eckebrecht (5-5-10), 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 52.6 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 six of the current top 12 teams in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Mar. 1) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Mar. 2). Minnesota (1), Wisconsin (5), Minnesota Duluth (7), Mercyhurst (6), Minnesota State (11) and Ohio State (12) have combined to generate a 116-49-18 record and .683 winning percentage so far this season. The Beavers are 1-20-1 against these six opponents and their lone win (4-3) came against then number-10 ranked Ohio State on Jan. 23.
Get Shorty

This year’s BSU squad has compiled more short-handed goals (3) than in the previous two seasons (1) combined. Helena Tageson, Guylaine Haché and Nikki Eckebrecht have each registered short-handed tallies this season. Eckbrecht’s marker came on Friday, Feb. 20 in a 2-2 tie against Minnesota State. 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.

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 16 contests and she recorded her first career goal against North Dakota (2-8-04).

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/
• Wisconsin: http://www.uwbadgers.com
• Western Collegiate Hockey Association: http://www.wcha.com
• US College Hockey Online http://www.uscho.com

Hart on Freshman Scoring List
Kelly Hart’s point total of 9-10-19 places her second all-time in freshman scoring behind only Caesare Stimson, who tabbed 15-12-27 during her rookie season in 2000-01. Hart is averaging 0.59 points per game, while Stimson averaged 0.79 points per game her freshman year.

Petsch Back on Track
Sophomore Cassi Petsch’s goal on Feb. 21 against Minnesota State was the first lamplighter she has scored since Nov. 25 against Findlay. Additionally, Petsch earned an assist on Feb. 20, marking the second time in her BSU career that she has earned points in consecutive contests. The forward from New Prague, Minn., last scored points in back-to-back games on Nov. 24-25, 2002.

Haché and Côté Ending a Strong Career
Seniors Guylaine Haché and Anik Côté will be suiting up for the last two games of their career at Bemidji State this weekend against Wisconsin. Haché has recorded six points (2-4) this season, including a goal against North Dakota on Feb. 8, which marked the 60th point of her career. The forward is sixth all-time in games played (129), 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).

Côté is staking her claim among the all-time best goalkeepers at BSU, as the senior captain is currently first in save percentage (.892), first in goals against average (3.48), second in minutes (3260:12), second in wins (12), second in games played (59) and second in saves (1,563).

Sophomore Surge
Carly Napier and Melissa Schaeffer have achieved several milestones in their sophomore seasons. Napier has doubled her point total of a year ago (3-2) by tallying five goals and five assists this season, including a goal on Feb. 21 against Minnesota State. The Toronto, Ontario, native also recorded two helpers on Jan. 23 against Ohio State, marking a career high in assists and tying a personal best in points.

After being held scoreless in her freshman year, Schaeffer has tabbed two goals and three assists in the 2003-04 campaign. The forward from Milwaukee, Wis., notched her third point in eight games with an assist in the Beavers 2-2 overtime tie against Minnesota State on Feb. 20.

WCHA Final Five
With the regular season coming to end this weekend, the field has been set for the WCHA Final Five March 12-14 at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and Ohio State have all secured their spots in the tournament. This season marks the first time since the inception of the WCHA in 1999-00, in which Bemidji Sate has not qualified for the Final Five.
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