BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns to action this week for the first time since Dec. 10 by facing Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Beavers (8-11-1, 4-11-1 WCHA) trail the Buckeyes (10-10-2, 4-10-2 WCHA) by one point in the WCHA standings. The series will be capped off with game one Friday, Jan. 13 at 5:07 p.m. CT followed by game two Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2:07 p.m. CT.
Friday and Saturday will mark the 69th and 70th meeting between BSU and OSU in each program’s history with the Buckeyes leading the all-time series record, 35-23-10. The Beavers are 9-18-5 all-time in Columbus with their last win at Ohio State Ice Rink coming Nov. 7, 2015.
Bemidji State and Ohio State met earlier this season on Oct. 14-15 where the Beavers hosted the Buckeyes at Sanford Center. OSU took game one of the series, 3-1, but a four-point outing by sophomore Emily Bergland derailed OSU’s chances at a sweep with a 4-1 Beaver victory.
Junior Alexis Joyce leads the Beavers with seven career points (4g-3a) against the Buckeyes in 10 games played. Senior Lauren Miller follows with six points (2g-4a) in 13 games while Emma Terres and Emily Bergland each have five points against the Buckeyes. Senior Brittni Mowat is 7-5-1 in 13 games against OSU and has a career goals against average of 1.92 and save percentage of .928.
A Look at the Buckeyes
Ohio State enters the weekend tied for fifth in the WCHA standings with 14 points (4-10-2) and is 10-10-2 overall. The Buckeyes are coming off a weekend where they swept non-conference opponent Penn State University. OSU outscored the Buckeyes 11-0 in the series and sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve earned back-to-back shutouts. Senior Katie Matheny led the Buckeyes with three goals in the series including her first career hat-trick, Friday night.
The Buckeyes enter the weekend fifth in the WCHA in goals per game (2.00) and goals allowed per game (2.05). Ohio State has one of the best penalty killing units in the nation and lead the conference with a .923 (60-of-65) percentage and are third in the NCAA. However, their power play is seventh in the league at .082 percent and have only converted on five-of-61 chances.
Sophomore Maddy Field leads the Buckeyes in goals (8) and points (15) so far this season while freshman Jincy Dunn follows with 12 points (4g-8a). Field leads the team with four points (3g-1a) while on the power play. Sauve leads the team with 20 starts in net and has compiled a 10-9-2 record. She has posted a 1.81 goals against average and a .950 save percentage, second-best in the WCHA.
Bemidji State Notes
- BSU is 5-7-1 on the road this season.
- Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 5-5-0 against the Buckeyes in his career.
- The Beavers have won three of their last four games and have outscored opponents 13-4 during that span.
- Emily Bergland continues to lead the Beavers in scoring and has totaled 13 points (7g-6a) to tie for 22nd in the WCHA. Her seven goals is also a team-high.
- After going five games without a point, Bergland is on a two-game point streak and has three points (2g-1a) during that span.
- Freshman Haley Mack leads the team with a three-game point streak and has tallied one goal and three assists during her streak. She continues to lead the team with eight assists this season.
- Mack scored her first collegiate goal at the 10:22 mark of the first period against RIT, Dec. 10.
- Sophomore Lisa Laiti recorded a career high three assists against RIT, Dec. 10. Her assists mark was the most by a defenseman since Alexis Joyce tallied three assists against Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 13, 2015. She now has four points in the last two games (0g-4a).
- Freshman Abby Halluska was awarded the WCHA Rookie of the Week, Dec. 13 after tallying three points (1g-2a) against RIT in the Beavers’ last action.
- Junior Emma Terres continues to lead the Beavers power play and has tallied four points (2g-2a), tied for 12th most in the WCHA.
- The Beavers are sixth in the WCHA in scoring offense (1.62) and in scoring defense (2.75).
- The Beavers have scored a power-play goal in three straight games (4-12) and are tied for third in the conference with a .125 percentage (10-of-80).
- The Beavers penalty-kill unit ranks fourth in the WCHA (.903, 56-of-62) and has not allowed a power-play goal in 15 chances. BSU last allowed a goal with the extra attacker against No. 2 University of Minnesota, Nov. 27.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan owns a 51-39-5 (.537) career record at Bemidji State, second most in program history. (Steve Sertich, 87-174-61)
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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).