Game Notes at Minnesota State
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Feb. 17, 2004

Up next for the Beavers
Bemidji State continues Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a two-game set at Minnesota State on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday night and 3:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Series vs. Minnesota State
The Beavers hold a 8-8-4 record against the Mavericks in 20 previous meetings. However, BSU is winless its last five meetings against MSU, including a pair of losses (1-2, 1-3) earlier this season in Bemidji. (10-24/25-03).

About the Mavericks
After finishing the 2002-03 campaign in last place in the WCHA with a 10-21-3 overall record and 3-18-3 WCHA mark, Minnesota State (14-10-3, 7-8-3 WCHA) has enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2003-04 season. The Mavericks currently sit fifth in the WCHA standings with 17 points, four shy of Ohio State in the four spot.
MSU is lead by senior netminder Shari Vogt (13-9-3) who is second among WCHA goaltenders in save percentage (.939), first in minutes played (1513:52) and fourth in goal against average (2.06). Forwards Devon Nichols (8-19-27) and Melanie Salatino (17-6-23) are the Mavericks top scorers.
Minnesota State split (4-1, 0-2) a two-game series with Ohio State (14-10-3, 10-9-1 WCHA) on Feb. 13-14 in Mankato.

Last Time Out for the Beavers
BSU (5-24-1, 3-17-0 WCHA) was shut out in consecutive contests (0-8, 0-6) at home by Minnesota Duluth (15-9-2, 11-6-1 WCHA) on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14.

Jenny Poter and Caroline Ouellette each tallied hat tricks to help lead UMD to a 8-0 triumph Friday night.
The Bulldogs struck early and often in the opening period, scoring just over one minute the game off a goal from Jessica Koizumi to go ahead 1-0. Jenny Potter then netted two short-handed goals on the same shift to push the visitors lead to 3-0. Caroline Ouellette made it 4-0 just before the first intermission.
In the second stanza the Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 14-1, but only scored once, as Ouellette scored her second marker of the game. UMD added three more scores in the final period of regulation, including lamplighters from Julie Fearing, Potter and Ouellette.

Sophomore Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) made 21 saves in a losing effort. The eight goals allowed by Luebke were the most she has surrendered during her career, eclipsing her previous high of seven set earlier this season at Minnesota (15-5-03).

Jessica Koizumi recorded four goals, while Jenny Potter chipped in five assists en-route to a 6-0 victory for the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Unlike Friday night, in which UMD tallied four first period goals, Minnesota Duluth lit the lamp just once in Saturday’s game. Jessica Koizumi gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead after one period.

UMD scored three goals in the second session off goals from Koizumi, Satu Kiipeli and Caroline Ouellette to give them a 4-0 advantage. Senior goalkeeper Anik Côté (Grand Falls, New Brunswick) prevented what could have been an even higher scoring sequence by stopping 24 shots in the first two periods of action.

Koizumi secured two more goals in the third period to solidify a 6-0 victory for Minnesota Duluth. Côté ended her career at the John Glas Fieldhouse by making 32 saves.

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 Mavericks
Olson is 1-3-2 all-time against Minnesota State

Olson vs. the WCHA
Olson holds a 8-30-6 record in games against teams from the WCHA.

BSU vs. the WCHA
BSU has posted a record of 28-73-15 in WCHA competition, including a 3-17-0 mark this season.

Senior goaltender Anik Côté will serve as captain for the 2003-04 season, while senior forward Guylaine Haché (Petit-Rocher, NB) and junior defender Jenny Schnickel (Coon Rapids, Minn.) will each carry the title of assistant captain.

Father Figure
Sophomore center Carly Napier (Toronto, Ontario) 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 10 points (4-6), while Ziegenhals has added four points (0-4).

Schnickel Scoring Bonus Points
Junior defender Jenny Schnickel improved her career point total to 18 (6-12) with an assist in BSU’s 5-3 loss to North Dakota on Feb. 8. Schnickel leads the Beavers in scoring by a defenseman this season with nine points (4-5). The assistant captain has already surpassed her point total of a year ago (1-4-5) with four regular season games remaining.

Hart Seeking Freshman Scoring Title
Kelly Hart’s point total of 9-9-18 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 0.60 points per game, while Stimson averaged 0.79 points per game her freshman year.

Starting Strong
Bemidji State has enjoyed a 4-2-0 record when scoring the game’s first goal and the Beavers are 4-0-0 when leading after one period of play.

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.

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

Freshmen Producing Early
The 2003-04 freshmen class has scored 58 points this season, making them the fourth highest scoring crew of rookies in the WCHA. The rookie classes from Minnesota (69), Minnesota Duluth (67), and Wisconsin (67) round out the top-four freshmen classes in league scoring.

Seven frosh on this year’s squad, Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) (9-9-18), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario) (6-5-11), Helena Tageson (4-6-10) Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) (4-5-9), Jenn Sadler (Pickering, Ontario) (3-2-5), Nina Ziegenhals (0-4-4) and Stephanie Hoard (Thief River Falls, Minn.) (0-1-1) have combined to produce 53.7 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 six of the current top 12 teams in the country, according to the US College Hockey Online Poll (Feb. 16) and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll (Feb. 17). Minnesota (1), Wisconsin (5), Minnesota Duluth (6), Mercyhurst (7), Minnesota State (11) and Ohio State (12) have combined to generate a 104-42-15 record and .693 winning percentage so far this season. The Beavers are 1-17-0 against these six opponents and their one win (4-3) came against then number-10 ranked Ohio State on Jan. 23.

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 (127), seventh in points (60), seventh in goals (32), 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). Haché has six points (2-4) this season, including a goal in last Sunday’s game at UND (2-8-04), which marked the 60th point of her career.

Lankton on the Offensive
Defenseman Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, has picked up a goal and four assists in the 2003-04 campaign after being held scoreless all of last season. The sophomore has tallied three assists in her last 14 contests and she recorded her first career goal against North Dakota (2-8-04).

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 (.892), first in goals against average (3.52), second in minutes (3136:49), second in wins (12), second in games played (57) and second in saves (1,512).
Sophomore goaltender Jill Luebke is also among the Beavers career goaltending leaders, as she is third in games played (31), fourth in saves (667), tied for third in wins (5), third in minutes played (1549:15) 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 against 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.

Leading With Hart
Forward Kelly Hart leads the Beavers in goals (9), assists (9) and points (18) after 28 games. Hart is tied for 13th among all Division I freshmen in point scoring and tied for 25th in points per game by a rookie (0.60). In addition, the frosh also sits near the top of the leaderboard in the WCHA freshman scoring race, as she is tied for fourth in overall scoring, fourth in goals and tied for sixth in assists. Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Koizumi (19-9-28), Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer (6-18-24) and Minnesota’s Becky Wacker (12-6-18) lead the WCHA in rookie scoring through Feb. 17.