Beavers travel to Ohio State for regular season finale

Beavers travel to Ohio State for regular season finale
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Beavers travel to Ohio State for regular season finale

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Just two games remain on the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team’s 2017-18 regular season schedule and will be hosted at No. 6 Ohio State University, Feb. 16-17. The Beavers (13-16-3, 8-12-2-1 WCHA) and Buckeyes meet for the final regular season Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at OSU Ice Rink on the campus of Ohio State.

The Series
The Beavers and Buckeyes will meet for the 73rd and 74th meeting in the all-time series dating back to 1999. Ohio State leads the all-time series at 37-24-12 but BSU is 2-2-1 in the last five meetings. The Beavers and Buckeyes met earlier in the season (Nov. 17-18) where BSU earned two points against fifth-ranked OSU. Bemidji State earned a shootout win in game one but fell to the Buckeyes, 5-4, in game two. Freshman Mak Langei led the Beavers with a goal and assist in the series while junior Sylvia Marolt led BSU with two goals. Senior Alexis Joyce has tallied the most career points against the Buckeyes and in 14 games has totaled 10 points (4g-6a). Senior Emma Terres follows with eight points (4g-4a) in 13 games while junior Emily Bergland has six points (2g-4a) in nine games.

A Look At The Buckeyes
The Buckeyes (20-8-4, 13-5-4-3 WCHA) enter the final weekend of play second in the WCHA standings with 46 points and can clinch the two-seed in the WCHA Tournament with three points. Ohio State split its previous weekend at Minnesota State University, Mankato falling in game one to the Mavericks, 4-1, but responding with a 3-2 win in game two. Sophomore Jincy Dunne led OSU with two points (0g-2a) in the series while seven different Buckeyes recorded a point.

Ohio State ranks third in the WCHA by scoring 2.94 goals per game and holding opponents to 2.19 goals per game. OSU is the most penalized team in the league by averaging 7.2 PIMs per game and rank fourth on the penalty kill at .860 (86-of-100) percent. Its power play ranks fifth in the league at .167 (17-of-102) percent.

The Buckeyes have two of the best scorers and freshmen in the league in Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs. Maltais paces OSU and leads the WCHA with 37 points (14g-23a) in 30 games while Skaggs is second with 33 points (19g-14a) in 32 games. Six Buckeyes have 20 or more points on the season while 10 have scored in double digits. Junior Kassidy Sauve leads the team in net having started 28 of the teams 32 games this season. She has compiled a 17-7-4 record and ranks fourth in the league with a 2.05 goals against average and .931 save percentage. Sauve has posted eight shutouts this season, third most in Division I.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will look to rebound this weekend after being swept by St. Cloud State University in its last action.
  • The Beavers fell to the Huskies 4-0 and 4-1 in both games held at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
  • Bemidji State stands fifth in the WCHA standings but can still leapfrog University of Minnesota Duluth for fourth. 
  • The Beavers are locked in to play the Bulldogs in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs but the series location can still be determined. There are numerous scenarios where the Beavers can move into fourth but BSU will need at least three points on the weekend.
  • Bemidji State is 24-37-12 against the Buckeyes and 10-19-5 in Columbus. 
  • BSU is 5-8-0 on the road this season while Ohio State is 13-1-2 at home.
  • Bemidji State ranks fourth in the league by averaging 2.53 goals per game but are sixth in scoring defense at 2.56 goals per game.
  • BSU owns the third best power-play percentage in the league and have converted on 16-of-90 attempts (.178).
  • The Beavers’ penalty kill ranks sixth in the WCHA at .795 percent (66-of-83).
  • Bemidji State has not scored a power-play goal since Jan. 20 and are 0-for-9 during that span.
  • Freshman Clair DeGeorge leads the Beavers with 22 points (7g-15a) this season and is t-14th in the WCHA. DeGeorge is tied for fifth among freshmen in the WCHA.
  • Her freshman campaign is the seventh best scoring output among BSU freshmen in program history.
  • Five Beavers have scored 20 or more points hits season including DeGeorge, Haley Mack, Emma Terres, Emily Bergland and Alexis Joyce.
  • 10 Beavers have scored in double digits this season.
  • Seven of the Beavers’ top 10 scorers are underclassmen.
  • Haley Mack, Emma Terres, Jacqueline Kaasa, Abby Halluska, Kiki Radke, Reilly Fawcett, Bailey Wright, Briana Jorde and Sylvia Marolt have all tallied career highs this season.
  • Alexis Joyce needs five points to crack the top 10 in points among all skaters at Bemidji State.
  • Joyce is also five games away from breaking a program record in consecutive games played. She currently has played in 142 consecutive games.
  • Head coach Jim Scanlan is 68-64-10 (.479) in four seasons at the helm of the BSU women’s hockey program. He is 4-5-1 against the Buckeyes.

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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).