BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend with a trip to Columbus, Ohio to play The Ohio State University. BSU, which is receiving votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, looks to improve upon its best start in program history (4-0-0).
Scouting the Beavers
Bemidji State has received offensive contributions from a wide variety of players this season as 17 of 21 skaters that have suited up for BSU have scored at least one point. Leading the way is junior Megan Lushanko (F, Chisago City, Minn.) with five points (2g, 3a). Fellow juniors Stephanie Anderson (F, North St. Paul, Minn.), Kaitlyn Tougas (F, Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Ivana Bilic (D, Coquitlam, British Columbia) are not far behind as each of them have four points.
BSU has used two goaltenders this season. Sophomore Brittni Mowat (G, Glenboro, Manitoba) is 2-0-0 with an 1.00 goals against average and a .958 save percentage, while freshman Erin Deters (G, Sartell, Minn.) is also 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .978 save perentage in her first two collegiate starts.
Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State is 2-2-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference play after the season’s opening weeks. OSU has been led offensively by Claudia Kepler and Kendall Curtis who have each recorded two points. Ten other Buckeys have registered points in addition to Kepler and Curtis.
OSU has handed its goaltending duties over to freshman Kassidy Sauve for 2014-15. Suave is 2-2-0 in four starts with a 2.96 goals against average and a .908 save perecentage.
Bemidji State knocked off both Rensselaer and Vermont Oct. 4-5 by identical 4-0 scores. It was the first time BSU posted back-to-back shutouts since Jan. 5 and 11, 2013 versus Minnesota State and St. Cloud State
Starting off on the right foot
With pair of wins over RPI and Vermont, Bemidji State not only improves upon its best start in program history (4-0-0) but it also matches a program record for the longest winning streak (4).
BSU improves to 1-0-0 versus RPI and 4-0-1 against Vermont. The win over RPI was the first ever victory for BSU over a member of the ECAC conference. Bemidji State is 4-0-0 in non-conference play this season.
Lushanko lighting the lamp
Junior Megan Lushanko continues to have breakout season as she added three more points versus RPI/Vermont (1 goal, 2 assists). Lushanko currently leads the Beavers in scoring with five points (2 goals, 3 assists).
Turning on the Fawcett
Freshman Reilly Fawcett (F, Proctor, Minn.) made her collegiate debut Sunday versus Vermont and started her career with a two-point game, with a pair of assists.
Bilic bolsters blue line
Ivana Bilic continued to be a force for the Beavers on both ends of the ice, with a pair of assists and a +3 plus/minus rating. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native has scored a point in all four of BSU’s games this season, which is a career-high.
In net, Brittni Mowat made 28 saves in BSU’s 4-0 win over Vermont. It was Mowat’s fourth career shutout and her 12th career win. Despite being a sophomore, Mowat ranks third in shutouts (4) and is tied with former Beaver goaltender Anik Cote for fifth on the all-time wins list (12).
Fellow goaltender Erin Deters also posted a shutout over RPI. It was Deters’ first career shutout. The Sartell, Minn. native has a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 goals against average and .978 save percentage this season.
Starting well for Scanlan
First-year head coach Jim Scanlan has won his first four games as BSU’s bench boss. Scanlan, a former BSU goaltender, replaced Steve Sertich who retired following last season.
The eight-member junior class has supplied the bulk of BSU’s offense as it has accounted for 27 of the team’s 42 points this season.
Series history vs. Ohio State
Bemidji State took the season series against the Buckeyes, 2-1-1 last year, but OSU holds the edge in the all-time series 31-20-11. It was just the second time in program history that BSU has taken the season set against OSU. The Beavers are 7-16-5 all-time 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).