BSU completes series sweep over Ohio State
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Feb. 11, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

Columbus, Ohio. - Bemidji State (10-20-2, 9-17-0 WCHA) picked up its first series sweep on the road this season as the Beavers completed the series sweep over the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-14-5, 8-13-3 WCHA) with a 5-4 victory on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink. Kelly Hart (Ajax, Ontario) led the Beavers with two goals in the contest, including the game-winning goal with 14:05 left in the third period.

In the first period of play Bemidji State was out-shot 18-to-13 by Ohio State but was able to come up with the only goal of the period. Jessica Pullar recorded her ninth goal of the season at 8:55 of the first period to put the Beavers up 1-0. Assisting on the goal was Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany).

The period would end with Bemidji State leading 1-0.

Bemidji State netminder Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) stopped all 13 shots that she faced in the period while Ohio State goaltender Liana Bonanno recorded 17 saves in the period.

In the second period of play Bemidji State dominated the shots on goal as the Beavers out-shot Ohio State 19-to-13 in the period. Ohio State would tie the contest at the 6:43 mark of the second period on a power-play goal by Amber Bowman, her tenth goal of the season. Ohio State would eventually take the lead on a unassisted goal by Lisa Chesson at 11:12 of the period. Bemidji State would battle back and tie the contest at two apiece on a goal by Kelly Hart at 17:34 of the period. Assisting on the goal was Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.) and Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.). At the end of two periods of play the score would be notched at 2-2.

Jill Luebke would record 11 saves in the period for Bemidji State for a game total of 29 while Liana Bonanno had 18 saves in the period for a game total of 30 saves.

Bemidji State didn’t take long to regain the lead in the third period as Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) would net her tenth goal of the season and her second goal of the weekend just 1:43 into the third period. Picking up the lone assist on Tageson’s goal was Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario). Bemidij State would go up by two goals later in the period when Nikki Eckebrecht (Hamilton, Ontario) notched her 11th goal of the season at 7:12 of the third period. Picking up the helper was Allison Johanson (Flagstaff, Ariz.)

Ohio State would try and mount a comeback as Ohio State’s Erin Keys would bring the Buckeyes with-in a goal 4-3, with eleven minutes left to play in the game. Bemidji State would put the finishing touches on Ohio State when Kelly Hart scored her second goal of the game to put the Beavers back up by two with six minutes left in the contest. Hart’s goal would be the eventual game-winning goal for the Beavers, the fourth game-winning goal of her career. Ohio State would add a goal with :18 seconds left in the contest by Hayley Klassen to bring the score to 5-4, but it would be to little to late as the Beavers would complete the series sweep, beating the Buckeyes by a score of 5-4.

For the game Bemidji State out-shot Ohio State 45-to-36.

The Beavers ended the evening 0-for-6 on the power-play while Ohio State was 1-for-3. Bemidji State has killed off 38 of its last 40 penalties.

Bemidji State goaltender Jill Luebke recorded 32 saves in the 5-4 victory. Luebke improves to 6-9-1 on the season with the win. The six wins is the most Luebke has attained in a season during her career and

Luebke is on a three game-winning streak, which is also the longest winning-streak in her career.
Ohio State goaltender Liana Bonanno recorded 40 saves in the loss and her record falls to 4-5-0 on the season.

Bemidji State is now 10-18-3 all-time versus the Ohio State Buckeyes and 4-9-1 in Columbus.
This is the second series sweep in a row for the Beavers, and the first time the Beavers have had back-to-back series sweeps in its seven year history.

With the victory over Ohio State, Bemidji State is on a four-game winning-streak the longest winning streak of the season and the longest winning streak since Dec. 3 2004 through Jan. 2, 2005 when the Beavers recorded a three game-winning streak.

Bemidji State has next weekend off and the Beavers will next be in action on Feb. 24-25 as they will host the St. Cloud State Huskies at the John Glas Fieldhouse in the final regular season series. The game on Friday Feb. 24 is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. and on Saturday Feb. 25 the puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m.