Game Notes vs. Minnesota
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Jan. 27, 2004

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State challenges the explosive Minnesota Golden Gophers in a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association contests on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The puck will drop at 2:05 p.m. both days.

The Series vs. Minnesota
The Beavers are winless in 19 meetings with Minnesota, but have managed three ties in the all-time series. The last time Bemidji State earned a tie with Minnesota came on Nov. 9, 2002, when the two teams skated to a 2-2 stalemate in overtime in Minneapolis, Minn.. BSU was swept (7-0, 6-1) by the Golden Gophers in the last encounter with UM on Dec. 5-6 at Ridder Arena.

About the Gophers
Minnesota (17-2-1, 11-2-1 WCHA) currently sits atop the WCHA standings with 23 points after coming away with a split (3-2, 2-3) at home against Minnesota State on Jan. 24-25. The Golden Gophers not only lead the WCHA race, but are also a top-three team nationally, as they are third in the US College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 26) and second in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Jan. 27).

The UM offense has outscored its opponents by a 93-30 clip, illustrating why the Golden Gophers are the nation’s second highest scoring team and the the WCHA’s highest scoring squad at 4.65 goals per game. Minnesota recently lost two of its top-five leading scorers, however, in Natalie Darwitz (15-26-41) and Lyndsay Wall (6-15-21), as both are expected to miss the rest of the 2003-04 season. Krissy Wendell (17-20-37), Kelly Stephens (9-26-35) and La Toya Clarke (16-12-28) are the Golden Gophers top-three active scorers. Jody Horak (13-2-1) is the top goaltender for UM, as she has compiled a 1.67 goals against average and .920 save percentage.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (5-18-1, 3-13-0 WCHA) split (4-3, 1-3) a two-game series with Ohio State (12-7-2) on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Freshman Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) nabbed two points, including the game-winning tally in overtime to lead the Beavers to a 4-3 victory over the Buckeyes on Friday night. The win marked Bemidji State’s 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 (Coon Rapids, Minn.) netted her fourth marker of the season and Guylaine Haché (Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick) lit the lamp for the third time this season to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. After Ohio State tallied two goals of their own in the second stanza, Mandy Bambrough (Toronto, Ontario) notched her first marker of the 2003-04 campaign early in the third period to put BSU ahead 3-2. With the game winding down in regulation, OSU pulled goaltender Melissa Glaser at the 1:05 mark and Erin O’Grady knotted the score at 3-3 to force overtime. Kelly Hart proved to be the hero in the extra session, as she recorded her team-leading seventh goal and second game-winning goal of the the year to give the Beavers a 4-3 win.

Anik Côté picked up her second win of the season after making 20 saves between the pipes.

The Buckeyes earned their first win in Bemidji since Oct. 12, 2001, with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon. Tessa Bonhomme, Krysta Skarda and Meaghan Mulvaney each tabbed goals for Ohio State to give the visitors a 3-0 lead after two periods. Bemidji State’s fourth line finally put the Beavers on the scoreboard in the third period, as sophomore Melissa Schaeffer (Milwaukee, Wis.) netted her second goal of the season off helpers from Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) and Stephanie Hoard (Thief River Falls, Minn.). The assist by Hoard was the first of her career.

Côté stopped 16 shots in net for BSU.

Behind the Bench for Bemidji State
After compiling a 9-17-7 record and fifth place WCHA finish in the 2002-03 campaign head coach Bruce Olson is back for his second year at BSU. Olson comes to Bemidji State after a highly-successful career at the high school level which spanned more than two decades. After a four-year playing career at Minnesota Duluth from 1975-’79, Olson took over the boy’s program at Minot High School in Minot, N.D. He directed Minot High to a pair of North Dakota state runner-up Finishes in 1985 and 1987, and in ‘87 was named North Dakota Hockey Coach of the Year.

In 1991, Olson left Minot to take over the varsity boy’s program at Roseau, (Minn.) High. During his run at Roseau, Olson earned Minnesota 8AA Coach of the Year honors twice (1995-’96 and 1998-’99), was named State Coach of the Year in 1998-’99 and led Roseau to the 1999 state championship. Olson’s 1999 state championship team was the sixth state champion in Roseau history. In addition, Olson’s 1999 team won state Academic Champion honors.

Olson took a one-year leave of absence from Roseau in 1999-2000, spending that year working on a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota. During that year, Olson also took over head coaching duties for the UND women’s ice hockey club team. He helped set the stage for the elevation of the North Dakota club program to NCAA varsity status; the Sioux make their debut in the WCHA the fall of 2004-05.

During his high school coaching career, Olson directed 15 players who went on to Division I playing careers, nine of which played for North Dakota. That group includes current University of North Dakota players David Lundbohm and Jake Brandt and brothers Mike Klema (Yale) and David Klema (Boston University).

Olson was a four-year letter winner for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs from 1975-’79. He played in 137 games for the Bulldogs, tallying 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) in his career.

Olson vs. the Golden Gophers
Olson is 0-5-1 all-time against Minnesota.

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 8-26-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 28-69-15 in WCHA competition, including a 3-13-0 mark this season.

Senior goaltender Anik Côté will serve as captain for the 2003-04 season, while senior forward Guylaine Haché and junior defender Jenny Schnickel will each carry the title of assistant captain.

Father Figure
Sophomore center Carly Napier is the daughter of Mark Napier who played for 11 seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens (1978-83), Minnesota North Stars (1983-85), Edmonton Oilers (1985-87) and Buffalo Sabres (1987-89). Mark compiled 541 points (235-306) in his career and won Stanley Cups with Montreal (1979) and Edmonton (1985).

International Flavor
Freshman forward Helena Tageson (Malmö, Sweden) and freshman defenseman Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany) are the first European players to put on a Beaver uniform in the history of the program. Both bring national team experience and Ziegenhals was a member of three German Championship teams. So far this season, Tageson has notched nine points (4-5), while Ziegenhals has added four points (0-4).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel improved her career point total to 17 (6-11) with a goal in BSU’s 4-3 win over Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 23. Schnickel leads the Beavers in scoring by a defenseman this season with eight points (4-4). The assistant captain has already surpassed her point total of a year ago (1-4-5) with 10 regular season games remaining.

Starting Strong
Bemidji State has enjoyed a 4-1-0 record when scoring the game’s first goal and the Beavers are 4-0-0 when leading after one period of play.

Stats, Scores and More Information
• Bemidji State: /athletics/
• Minnesota:
• Western Collegiate Hockey Association:
• US College Hockey Online

Leading With Hart
Freshman forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (7), assists (9) and points (16) after 24 games. Hart is 12th among all Division I freshmen in point scoring and is 20th in the country in points per game by a rookie (0.67). In addition, Hart also sits near the top of the leaderboard in the WCHA freshmen scoring race as she is third in overall scoring, fourth in goals and fifth in assists. Minnesota’s Lyndsay Wall (6-15-21) and Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (12-8-20) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Jan. 27.

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshmen class has scored 53 points this season, making them the sixth highest scoring crew of rookies in the country. The rookie classes from Clarkson (126), Findlay (85), Mercyhurst (62), Union (60) and Minnesota (54) round out the top-five freshman classes in scoring. BSU’s freshmen class is also the second most productive rookie class in the WCHA, behind only Minnesota’s newcomers.
Seven frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (7-9-16), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) (5-4-9), Nikki Eckebrecht (4-5-9), Helena Tageson (4-5-9), Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ontario) (3-2-5), Nina Ziegenhals (0-4-4) and Stephanie Hoard (0-1-1) have combined to produce 55.2 percent of the team’s scoring.

Learning From the Best
Bemidji State has endured a very demanding schedule in the 2003-04 season having competed against five of the current top 10 teams in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Jan. 26) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Jan. 27). Minnesota (3/2), Wisconsin (4), Minnesota Duluth (5), Mercyhurst (7) and Minnesota State (10/9) have combined to generate a 72-25-13 record and .714 winning percentage so far this season.

Napier Coming of Age
Carly Napier achieved two milestones this past weekend, as the sophomore recorded two helpers in Friday’s 4-3 win over Ohio State, marking a career high in assists and tying a personal best in points. Napier has tallied four goals and five assists this season, good for nine points and a share of the second spot on the team’s scoring list.

Haché a Record Breaker
Guylaine Haché is making her mark in the record book at Bemidji State, as the senior forward is sixth all-time in games (123), seventh in points (59), seventh in goals (31), seventh in assists (28), tied for third in power-play goals (10), tied for third in game-winning goals (5) and tied for second in hat tricks (1).

Eckebrecht Elevating Her Play
Frosh forward Nikki Eckebrecht continues to provide much-needed scoring for the Beavers, as she notched a career-high two assists in BSU’s 7-3 loss at St. Cloud State on Dec. 12. In addition, Eckebrecht notched her fifth assist of the season in last Saturday’s win over Ohio State (1-23-04). Eckebrecht is presently tied for third on the squad in scoring (4-5-9) with fellow freshmen Helena Tageson (4-5-9) and
Kate Robinson (5-4-9)

Lankton on the Offensive
Defenseman Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, has picked up three assists in the 2003-04 campaign after being held scoreless all of last season. The sophomore has tallied two assists in her last eight contests, including helpers in Bemidj State’s 5-3 win over St. Cloud State on Dec. 12 and the Beavers 7-3 loss to the Huskies on Jan. 12.

Côté and Luebke Moving Up the Ranks
Senior Anik Côté is staking her claim among the all-time best goalkeepers at BSU, as the senior captain is currently first in save percentage (.894), first in goals against average (3.45), second in minutes (2956:49), second in wins (12), second in games (54) and second in saves (1,441).
Sophomore goaltender Jill Luebke is also among the Beavers career goaltending leaders, as she is third in games (28), fourth in saves (602), tied for third in wins (5), fourth in minutes (1369:48) and tied for second in ties (6).

Get Shorty
This year’s BSU squad has compiled more short-handed goals (2) than in the previous two seasons (1) combined. Helena Tageson registered the Beavers first short-handed goal of the season against North Dakota (1-16-04) and Guylaine Haché added the second short-handed tally last Friday night in BSU’s 4-3 win over Ohio State (1-23-04). The most short-handed markers ever recorded in the five-year history of the program was set during the 2000-01 campaign, when the duo of Amber Fryklund (3) and Caesare Stimson (2) netted five short-handed scores.

Red-Hot Robinson
Frosh Kate Robinson is tied for second on Bemidji State’s scoring list (5-4-9) after earning an assist in the Beavers 4-2 setback to North Dakota on Jan. 18. Robinson has now recorded seven points (3-4) in her last eight games. The freshman is also climbing up the WCHA rookie scoring column, as she is currently fourth among frosh in power-play goals (3), tied for 11th in overall scoring, tied for sixth in goals and tied for 11th in assists. In league games, Robinson is tied for second among freshmen in goals (5) and tied for fifth in points (7).

Kluck Assisting the Way
Junior forward Nicky Kluck (Delano, Minn.) improved her career point total to 14 (3-11) with an assist in the Beavers 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday, Jan. 10. Kluck also tallied two helpers in BSU’s home victory over the Huskies on Friday, Dec. 12, marking a career high in both assists and points.

Hart Seeking Freshman Scoring Title
Kelly Hart’s point total of 7-9-16 places her second all-time in freshmen scoring behind only Caesare Stimson, who tabbed 15-12-27 during her rookie season in 2000-01. Hart is averaging 0.67 points per game, while Stimson averaged 0.79 points per game her freshman year.

Media Information
For season statistics, box scores and any other information concerning Bemidji State University women’s hockey, please contact BSU graduate assistant sports information director Jon Oman at 218-755-2763 or [email protected] You can also access all of this information via the Internet at /athletics/, the official Web site of Bemidji State University Athletics.