Beavers welcome No. 5 Buckeyes for WCHA series

Beavers welcome No. 5 Buckeyes for WCHA series
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Beavers welcome No. 5 Buckeyes for WCHA series

BEMIDJI, Minn. –  The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns home this weekend to host No. 5 Ohio State University for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (5-7-1, 3-5-0 WCHA) look to continue a four-game winning streak by hosting the fifth-ranked Buckeyes (9-2-1, 7-2-1-1 WCHA) Friday-Saturday at 7:07 p.m. and 3:07 p.m.

The Series
The Beavers and Buckeyes will meet for the 71st and 72nd time in the all-time series dating back to 1999. The Beavers and Buckeyes last met Jan. 13-14, 2017 where the Beavers split its series in Columbus, Ohio. BSU fell in game one of the series 2-1 but responded 3-1 victory in game two. Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Buckeyes and in 12 games has totaled eight points (4g-4a) while Emma Terres has six points (3g-3a) in 11 career games against OSU. Head coach Jim Scanlan is 4-4-0 against Ohio State and 60-55-8 in his four-year career.

A Look At The Buckeyes
The Buckeyes begin the weekend’s action ranked No. 5 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls after sweeping its series against Minnesota State University, Mankato. Minnesota State was outscored 7-4 by Ohio State falling 2-1 in game one and 5-3 in game two. Junior Lauren Boyle led the Buckeyes with five points in the series and was awarded with WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The Buckeyes rank third in the WCHA in scoring by averaging 3.17 goals per game and also have one of the stingiest defenses in the league by holding opponents to just 2.08 goals per game, second best in the conference. Ohio State has scored five goals while on the power play and rank fourth in the league with a .167 percentage (5-30). Their penalty kill has been successful on 34-of-40 chances ranking fifth in the league at .850.

Ohio State is led offensively by freshman Emma Maltais who ranks sixth in the league with 14 points (6g-8a) while junior Maddy Field follows with 13 points (7g-6a) and Tatum Skaggs has added 12 points (7g-5a). Junior Kassidy Sauve leads the Buckeyes in net and in 10 games, has compiled a 7-2-1 record. She ranks fourth in the WCHA with a 2.09 goals against average and .934 save percentage.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team got back to its winning ways this past weekend by earning its first sweep of the season on the road at St. Cloud State University.
  • Senior goaltender Erin Deters powered the Beavers for the sweep earning back-to-back shutouts in the series. Deters stopped all 20 shots by the Huskies for a 3-0 win in game two followed by an 18-save shutout in game two for another 3-0 win.
  • For her efforts during the weekend, Deters was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
  • Bemidji State dominated play from end-to-end in the series, out-shooting the Huskies 78-38 including recording a season-high 51 shots on goal in game one.
  • Reilly Fawcett and Haley Mack were the lone Beavers to record multiple points in the series after each tallied two assists.
  • BSU’s week also consisted of competing at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic where the Beavers defeated University of Minnesota Duluth, 3-2.
  • Emma Terres tied a career-high in the game by posting three points (1g-2a) and freshman Paige Beebe scored her first collegiate goal and also added an assist.
  • Freshman Kerigan Dowhy started her first career game in net for the Beavers and earned her first career win after stopping 23-of-25 shots by the Bulldogs.
  • The Beavers are now on a four-game winning streak and have moved up to fourth in the WCHA standings with nine points in league play.
  • Emma Terres (4g-5a) and Clair DeGeorge (2g-7a) lead the Beavers in scoring with nine points each and are tied for 19th in the conference.
  • DeGeorge is tied for sixth among freshman scoring in the WCHA.
  • After scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s game, Alexis Joyce moved into sole possession of third place with 62 career points on BSU’s points as a defenseman list. She now has five career game-winning goals, tied for eighth all-time at BSU.
  • Deters moved into fourth all-time on BSU’s career shutouts list after earning the fourth and fifth of her career this past weekend. She now has three on the season, second most in the WCHA, and is second in goals against average (1.47) and save percentage (.943) in the league.
  • Deters has an active shutout streak of 119:40, the seventh longest in program history.
  • Deters has been a key factor in a Bemidji State penalty kill that ranks second in the WCHA with a success rate of .879
  • Head coach Jim Scanlan earned his 59th and 60th career wins this past weekend and ranks second on BSU’s all-time wins list. He now has a career record of 60-55-8.

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