|October 26, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||01:20||OSU||Taylor Kuehl (Danielle Gagne , Kari Schmitt)|
|2||03:12||OSU||Minttu Tuominen (Tina Hollowell )|
|2||04:02||OSU||Julia McKinnon (Kari Schmitt , Ally Tarr)|
|2||09:01||OSU||Paige Semenza (Hokey Langan , Cara Zubko)|
|2||14:36||BSU||Natasha Kostenko (Emily Erickson , MacKenzie Thurston)|
|Shots on Goal||30||31|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a program-best weekend at the then-No. 6/9 University of Wisconsin, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to tenth-ranked Ohio State University on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink. The loss dropped the Beavers to 2-4-1 with a 1-3-1-0 record in the WCHA.
Natasha Kostenko (So., F, Fannystelle, Man.) scored BSU’s lone goal on the night, getting the Beavers on the board with 5:24 left in the second period.
The loss drops Bemidji State to 6-17-4 in road games against the Buckeyes and 0-6-3 against OSU all-time in the month of October.
In the first period, BSU kept pace with Ohio State as the frame ended scoreless. Starting goaltenders Abby Ryplanski (So., Winnipeg, Man.) and Chelsea Knapp turned aside eight shots apiece to maintain the 0-0 score heading into the middle stanza.
Ohio State started the second period strong and put the Beavers into a hole they could not get themselves out of by scoring early and often.
The Buckeyes broke the deadlock 1:20 in when Danielle Gagner fed Taylor Kuehl with a cross-ice pass the OSU forward snuck a shot under Ryplanski’s leg for her fifth goal of the season. Ohio State padded its lead with two more goals in the next 3:18 as Minttu Tuominen took a Tina Hollowell pass and scored on a counterattack chance and Julia McKinnon notched a power-play marker by deflecting a Kari Schmitt shot from the point.
OSU’s man-advantage tally was just the second the Beavers had conceded all season on 19 opponent opportunities.
Before the midway point in regulation, OSU’s leading scorer tacked on another goal. Paige Semenza, working off a pass from Hokey Langan, got off a quick shot from the slot that got past Ryplanski to make it 4-0. Senior Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) replaced Ryplanski at that point and went on to stop all 12 shots she faced in the game’s final 30:59.
Kostenko broke up Knapp’s shutout bid later in the frame by burying an Emily Erickson (Sr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) rebound after Erickson made a terrific individual effort. MacKenzie Thurston (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ont.) was given an assist on the goal for her team-leading fifth point of the season. Thurston and Erickson have now posted points in back-to-back games and Kostenko became the first BSU player to score her second goal of the season. Eight other Beavers have one goal.
BSU outshot Ohio State 12-5 in the final period, but Knapp gave Bemidji State nothing to show for it, making for a 4-1 final. The Buckeyes finished the night with a 31-30 shot advantage and killed off all five Beaver power-play attempts.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 3 p.m. (CT). After that, BSU’s next game will be an exhibition contest against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Thursday in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Eveleth, Minn. The Beavers will then play four of their five series before the winter break at home, starting with the University of Maine on Nov. 9-10. Upon departing Columbus, BSU will only leave the state of Minnesota one more time in the 2012-13 regular season when it treks to the University of North Dakota in February.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).