BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team (9-18-3, 6-16-2 WCHA) wraps up the regular season portion of the home schedule Feb. 14-15 when The Ohio State University (11-14-5, 6-13-2 WCHA) comes to town. Both games are scheduled for a 2:07 p.m. start. Saturday will serve as Senior Day for Emily McKnight (F, Carman, Manitoba), Alex Ehlert (D, Portage, Wis.), Tess Dusik (F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba), Allie Duellman (D, Maplewood, Minn.), Danielle Williams (D, Waconia, Minn.), Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.).
Last TIme Out
Last weekend, Bemidji State suffered a sweep at the hands of No. 1 Minnesota at Ridder Arena. The Gophers used six-second period goals to help down BSU in the series opener, 10-0. Minnesota then earned a 5-3 win over the Beavers in the series finale.
Milestone for Dusik
In addition to scoring two points in Saturday’s contest against Minnesota, Senior Tess Dusik became the 31st player in Bemidji State history to play in at least 130 games in their career. Dusik has tallied 28 points (13g, 15a) in her career.
Citrowske stepping up
Junior Alex Citrowske (F, Savage, Minn.) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 5-3 loss at Minnesota. Citrowske has set career-highs this season in games played (29), goals (4), assists (7) and points (11). Citrowske’s 11 points currently have her tied for second-most on the team with Dusik.
Freshman Madison Hutchinson (D, Manitou, Manitoba) tallied her 10th assist of the season in Saturday’s contest. Hutchinson’s 10 assists is the fifth-most by a BSU freshman in program history.
Freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat (Glenboro, Manitoba) ranks seventh nationally in minutes played (1575:01) and eighth in saves (719) after racking up 46 saves in two starts last weekend.
Early bird gets the worm
The Beavers have scored first in just eight of 30 games this season. When Bemidji State scores first, it holds a record of 5-2-1 compared to 4-16-2 when it’s opponent is first to light the scoreboard.
Bemidji State currently leads the nation in blocked shots with 610. Senior Alex Ehlert currently leads the country with 93 blocked shots. Teammate Allie Duellman is second with 84.
Members of Bemidji State’s sophomore class has combined for 53 points (24g, 29a) this season which leads all classes on the BSU roster and ranks 11th nationally among sophomore classes.
About Ohio State
Ohio State has been one of the hotter teams in the country during the second half of the season as it has a record of 6-3-3 since the calendar switched to 2014. All three losses have been against either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 2 Wisconsin. Offensively, the Buckeyes have a pair of 24-point scorers in Sara Schmitt (5g, 19a) and Ally Tarr (8g, 16a). Schmitt, a defensemen, ranks fifth nationally in scoring by defenders. Freshman Claudia Kepler leads OSU with 12 goals, which is the fourth-most by a freshman in the country. Senior Lisa Steffes has shouldered the bulk of the Buckeyes goaltending duties this season appearing in 21 of 30. Steffes has a record of 9-8-4 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against Bemidji State, holding a 30-19-11 record. In the past 20 contests, the series is nearly even with the Buckeyes holding a 8-6-6 advantage. Bemidji State took five of six points from the Buckeyes earlier this season when the two teams played in Columbus, Ohio Nov. 8-9.
Player to Watch
One BSU player to watch against Ohio State is Tess Dusik. Dusik has tallied eight career points in 12 career games. Dusik scored three of those points in the series earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).