Bemidji State Tops Ohio State With 4-3 Overtime Win
Friday, January 23, 2004
Jan. 23, 2003

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Freshman Kelly Hart tabbed two points, including the game-winning tally in overtime to lead the Bemidji State women’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Ohio State tonight at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The win marks the Beavers first overtime triumph since defeating Wayne State 4-3 on Dec. 3, 1999.

BSU jumped on the Buckeyes twice in the opening period, as junior defender Jenny Schnickel netted her fourth marker of the season at the 5:59 mark when she beat OSU netminder Melissa Glaser with a sharp shot just inside the left circle to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Beavers struck again on an Ohio State power play with just 24 seconds remaining in the opening stanza, as Guylaine Haché took a pass from Carly Napier and lit the lamp for the third time this year and the 31st time in her career. The Beavers shorthanded goal was its second in their past three games.

OSU turned the table on BSU in the second period, as the Buckeyes recorded two goals of their own. Katie Maroney cut the Beavers lead to 2-1 at the 8:01 mark with her third goal of the season. The visitors tied the game up at 15:44 of the period with a power-play marker from defenseman Emma Laaksonen, her third score of the year.

The Beavers regained the lead just over a minute into the final period of regulation, as Mandy Bambrough earned her first lamplighter of the season when she deflected a Kelly Hart shot into the back of the net. Carly Napier was credited with an additional assist, her second of the night.

With the game winding down, Ohio State pulled goaltender Melissa Glaser at the 1:05 mark to gain the extra skater. The move worked, as Erin O’Grady knotted the score at 3-3 with 53 seconds left in the contest to force an overtime session between the two teams.

Kelly Hart proved to be the hero at 3:38 of overtime when she knocked home her team-leading seventh goal and second game-winning goal of the 2003-04 campaign. Nikki Eckebrecht and Helena Tageson each secured their fifth helpers of the year on the score.

Captain Anik Côté picked up her second win of the season after making 20 saves for the Beavers, while Glaser stopped 15 shots in the loss for the Buckeyes.

Head coach Bruce Olson was pleased with his team’s resilient performance.

“The team was rewarded for their hard play tonight,” Olson said. “They could have given up after the goal that tied it up at 3-3, but they still played aggressive and that’s what they have to do to win.”

Bemidji State improves to 5-17-1 overall and 3-12-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action. Ohio State falls to 11-7-2 and 7-7-1 in WCHA play. The Beavers now have six points in league play and trail St. Cloud State by just one point for the sixth spot in the WCHA. BSU and OSU will complete their two-game series tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Scoring Summary
First Period: BSU, Jenny Schnickel (4) ES (unassisted), 5:59
Frist Period: BSU, Guylaine Haché (3) SH (Carly Napier), 19:36
Second Period: OSU, Katie Maroney (3) ES (Crystal Sayther, Jeanne Chapple), 8:01
Second Period: OSU, Emma Laaksonen (3) PP (Jeni Creary, Meaghan Mulvaney), 15:44
Third Period: BSU, Mandy Bambrough (1) PP (Kelly Hart, Carly Napier), 1:08
Third Period: OSU, Erin O’Grady (6) EX (Amber Bowman, Tessa Bonhomme), 19:07
Overtime: BSU, Kelly Hart ES (7) ES (Nikki Eckebrecht, Helena Tageson), 3:38

OSU - Melissa Glaser 3-8-2-2-15
BSU - Anik Côté 8-4-5-3-20