BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team closes out the 2014 portion of its schedule this weekend as it hosts the Ohio State University in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) clash.
About the Beavers
The Beavers’ offense has been paced this season by Kaitlyn Tougas (6g, 9a) and Ivana Bilic (4g, 10a). Stephanie Anderson (5g, 5a), Hanna Moher (4g, 6a) and Kristine Grenier (2g, 6a) have also reached double-digits in points this season.
Sophomore Brittni Mowat has handled the bulk of the goaltending duties for Bemidji State this season. Mowat has a 9-4-1 record with an 1.57 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
About Ohio State
Ohio State comes into the weekend fresh off the bye week. The Buckeyes look to rekindle the success they had earlier this season when they rattled off five wins in six games. OSU has won just once in its last eight contests (1-5-2).
OSU’s offense has been led by defenseman Sara Schmitt with 15 points (4g, 11a), while Claudia Kepler, Taylor Kuehl, Danielle Gagne and Julia McKinnon pace the Buckeyes with five goals scored a piece.
Freshman Kassidy Sauve has started 13 of 20 games in net for Ohio State and has a mark of 6-7-0 with a 2.38 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Senior Stacy Danczak has started the other seven games in between the pipes and holds a record of 2-1-2 with 1.84 goals against average and .912 save percentage.
Last time out
Bemidji State split its series at St. Cloud State over the weekend. The Beavers defeated the Huskies 4-1 Friday before dropping a 3-0 decision Saturday. BSU’s record moved to 30-31-8 all-time against the Huskies and 15-18-4 in St. Cloud, Minn. with the split.
With the victory Friday, the Beavers matched their win total from all of last season with 11 victories.
Moher’s career night
Hanna Moher posted her first career three-point (1g, 2a) game in Friday’s 4-1 victory. It was also Moher’s second career two-assist game with the first coming earlier this season against Vermont (Oct. 5).
Grenier assist note
Kristine Grenier tallied three assists on three of BSU’s goals Friday, which is the second-most in program history in a road game. The three-point game is also the first of Grenier’s career.
Bullet on Bilic
Ivana Bilic tallied her fourth goal in the last six games in Friday’s game, which brings Bilic’s point total to 14 (4g, 10a) this season. The 14 points, a new career-high for Bilic, is tied for the ninth-most by a defenseman in a single season in program history.
WCHA honors another Beaver
Alexis Joyce tallied an assist Friday, which was her fourth in the last six games. Joyce leads all WCHA freshmen blue-liners with nine points (2g, 7a) this season.
Pride on the penalty kill
Bemidji State’s penalty-killing unit ranks second in the WCHA and fourth nationally with a 91.1 percent success rate.
Ahead at the breaks
When the Beavers hold a lead at intermissions, they have seen quite a bit of success this season. BSU is 7-0-0 when leading after the first period and 10-0-0 when leading after the second.
No. 9 Nationally
The Beavers are ranked No. 9 in the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. It is the fifth week this season the Beavers have been ranked in both national polls.
Series history vs. Ohio State
The Beavers are 18-32-10 all-time against the Buckeyes, including an 11-13-6 mark in Bemidji, Minn. Ohio State swept Bemidji State earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio by scores of 5-1 and 1-0.
Player to Watch
Kaitlyn Tougas has enjoyed the most success against the Buckeyes of any other BSU player with three points (1g, 2a) in seven career games.
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).