Ohio State drops Bemidji State 4-2 at the John Glas Fieldhouse
Friday, November 25, 2005
Nov. 25, 2005
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Despite out-shooting Ohio State (8-5-2, 5-4-2 WCHA) 32-to-19 Bemidji State (2-9-2, 1-8-0 WCHA) was only able to produce two goals on the evening. Ohio State scored in every period to earn the series opening victory over the Beavers by a score of 4-2.

Both teams started off slow in the first period of play at the John Gas Fieldhouse Friday evening. Bemidji State held Ohio State without a shot on goal for the first eight and a half minutes. Both teams would pick up play half way through the first period as Ohio State would get on the board first on a goal by Hayley Klassen, her fifth goal of the year for the Buckeyes. Ohio State would get into some penalty trouble at the end of the first period and Bemidji State would capitalize. Junior Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) scored a power-play goal at the 18:45 mark of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Eckebrecht’s third goal of the season. Assisting on the goal was freshman Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) and senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.). Luebke is the first goaltender in Bemidji State history to ever record an assist.

Bemidji State ended up out-shooting Ohio State 11-to-8 in the first period.

The second period was a penalty filled period as Ohio State accumulated four penalties for eight minutes while Bemidji State picked up three penalties for six minutes. Neither team was able to capitalize on the man advantage during the second period of play. The lone goal in the second period was scored by Ohio State’s Katie Maroney at 4:51 into the second period. At the end of two periods of play the Buckeyes led the Beavers 2-1.

Bemidji State goaltendor Jill Luebke had twelve saves at the end of two periods of play while Ohio State’s Liana Bonanno had sixteen saves.

In the third period Ohio State’s, Amber Bowman got the eventual game winner at the 3:53 mark of the third period, her seventh goal of the season. Bowman’s goal made it 3-1 in favor of the Buckeyes. Senior defenseman Sarah Zuelke (Chaska, Minn.) recorded her first goal of the season on the power-play at the 13:56 mark of the third period. Zuelke’s goal brought the Beavers with-in one, but that would be all the scoring the Beavers would get. Ohio State would add an empty net goal by Jana Harrigan to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.

Bemidji State out-shot the Buckeyes 15-to-5 in the third period but was only able to produce one goal.

“It is frustrating when you out-shoot your opponent and you don’t finish,” said head coach Bruce Olson. “We shot the puck right into people all night.”

Senior goaltender Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) took the loss for Bemidji State, falling to 2-5-1. She allowed three of the four goals, by Ohio State. Luebke finished the evening with 15 saves for the Beavers.

Liana Bonanno saved 30 of the 32 shots she faced in the 4-2 victory over the Beavers. Bonanno recorded the win and improved her record to 3-0-0 on the season.

The loss gives the Beavers a record of 7-17-3 all-time versus the Buckeyes. The Beavers have lost six in a row to the Buckeyes dating back to January 23, 2004 when the Beavers beat the Buckeyes 4-3 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The Beavers are 5-5-1 at home versus the Buckeyes.

BSU went 2-for-9 on the power play, while Ohio State went 0-for-4.

“We had a lot of power-play shots, but we were only able to capitalize on two of our nine power-plays,” said Olson.

The loss dropped Bemidji State to 2-9-2 overall and 1-8-0 in WCHA play, while Ohio State improved to 8-5-2 overall and 5-4-2 in WCHA play.

Bemidji State and Ohio State will meet Saturday afternoon in the series finale at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The Beavers will be looking to salvage a split out of the weekend. The game is slated to start at 2:07 p.m.