BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team once again achieved a program best this season when the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll was released Tuesday. The Beavers (8-2-2, 5-2-1 WCHA) earned the program’s best No. 5 ranking in the poll and were also slated as No. 6 in the USCHO.com poll.
Bemidji State will look to continue its winning ways this weekend, and will be on the road to face Ohio State University for a two-game series. The Beavers will face the Buckeyes (4-4-0, 2-4-0 WCHA) at OSU Ice Rink starting with game one at 5:07 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 6, followed by game two at 1:07 p.m. CT, Saturday.
Beavers Rebound with Series Sweep of St. Cloud State
After being swept by then No. 2/3 University of Wisconsin the previous weekend, Bemidji State rebounded with two wins against St. Cloud State University this past weekend. The Beavers scored six goals over the weekend, after being held scoreless at Wisconsin. It took some time for BSU to get on the scoreboard however, but finally got their first goal after eight periods when Stephanie Anderson scored in the third period of game one. Anderson finished game one with two goals as the Beavers won 3-1.
Bemidji State responded in game two with another 3-1 win that saw three different Beavers score. Freshman Emily Bergland scored the first goal of her career and Ciscely Nelson scored the game-winning goal, while Ivana Bilic scored on the power play for the Beavers final goal.
Anderson Departs to compete in Four Nations Cup
The Beavers will be without senior forward Stephanie Anderson this weekend as she takes advantage of a tremendous opportunity to compete in the Four Nations Cup with the women’s USA Hockey National Team in Sweden. Anderson is one of 24 women selected to the team and is one of three players on the team also playing collegiate hockey. The Four Nations Cup will take part from Nov. 4-8, with the medal rounds being played on Nov. 8.
A Look At The Buckeyes
Ohio State continues its six-game home stand this weekend against the Beavers after previously hosting No. 1 University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University Mankato. The Buckeyes have compiled a 4-4-0 record and are 2-4-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association league play.
In their last action, the Buckeyes swept Minnesota State in two games after outscoring the Mavericks 9-3 in the series. OSU has the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the WCHA and average 2.62 goals per game, two spots ahead of the sixth-ranked Beavers at 2.00. However, Ohio State gives up the most goals in the conference at 4.88 goals per game, compared to Bemidji State in third at 1.42. The Buckeyes have converted on .226 percent (7-31) of their power plays, good enough for third in the league. Ohio State has also stopped 36-of-43 (.837) of its opponent’s power plays, fourth best in the conference.
Kendall Curtis (4g-3a) and Lauren Boyle (0g-7a) lead the Buckeyes in scoring with seven points in only eight-games each. Boyle was selected the WCHA Rookie of the Week after she led Ohio State with four points against Minnesota State. Claudia Kepler has tallied the most points against conference opponents, and in six-games against WCHA opponents, Kepler has four goals and two assists.
Ohio State has split time in net this season with Alex LaMere and Stacy Danczak. Both net-minders have a 2-2-0 record this season, while LaMere holds the statistical edge playing in six games and only allowing 15 goals compared to Danczak with 18 goals in five games. LaMere leads the team with a 4.00 goals against average and .881 save percentage, while Danczak has a 5.03 goals against average and .833 save percentage.
Bemidji State and Ohio State have met 62 times in a series that dates back to 1999, and the Buckeyes hold the series lead with a 34-18-10 record. Ohio State is currently on a five-game winning streak against the Beavers, and in their last meeting, OSU defeated the Beavers 2-1 on Dec. 20, 2014 in Bemidji, Minn. Bemidji State’s last win against Ohio State last came on Feb. 14, 2014 where the Beavers outscored the Buckeyes 4-1 at Sanford Center.
Senior Kaitlyn Tougas has the most points against Ohio State among active players, and in nine games, she has three points (1g-2a). Senior Whitney Wivoda has played the most games against the Buckeyes with 12 and has two assists. Junior Brittni Mowat has been in net for seven games against OSU and has compiled a 2-4-1 record. She has allowed 16 goals for a 2.29 goals against average and has a save percentage of .920.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).