BSU to take on Minnesota Whitecaps in Face Off Classic
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
BSU to take on Minnesota Whitecaps in Face Off Classic

Bemidji State vs. Minnesota Whitecaps
Nov. 1, 2012
 7:00 p.m.
Location: Eveleth Hippodrome (3,00), Eveleth, Minn.
Series History: Series tied 1-1-0 (both exhibition games)

Last Time Out
After a program-best weekend at Wisconsin, Bemidji State was swept on the road by Ohio State. On Friday, the Buckeyes scored four goals in the first 9:01 of the second period to go on to a 4-1 win. On Saturday, the Buckeyes tallied three power-play markers in the first period and added five more goals in the second and two more in the third to cruise to a 10-1 win. The ten-goal outburst was the most-ever in a game between Ohio State and BSU and capped OSU’s first sweep of the Beavers since Oct. 24-25, 2008. For BSU, sophomore Natasha Kostenko scored both goals and senior Emily Erickson assisted on each marker. MacKenzie Thurston and Tess Dusik also picked up assists. Both Abby Ryplanski and Jessica Havel saw time between the pipes in each game.

BSU vs. Minnesota Whitecaps
The Beavers last played the Whitecaps on Oct. 22-23, 2010. The Whitecaps won the first game 3-1 and BSU came back the next day with a 5-1 victory. Their lone meeting in the preseason a year prior was cancelled.

About the Whitecaps
The Minnesota Whitecaps are one of two members of the Western Women’s Hockey League and their roster consists of many accomplished former NCAA Division I players. Among those players are former Beavers Jenny Schnickel and Erin Cody (reserve). BSU assistant coach Amber Fryklund and equipment manager Andrea Nichols both spent time with the Whitecaps after their college hockey days were done. The Whitecaps began their season with a pair of exhibition games at Minnesota Duluth. UMD scored the first three goals in each game and staved off Whitecaps rallies to win 5-3 and 5-2.

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face Off Classic
BSU will be playing in its fourth-ever Hall of Fame Game Face Off Classic in Eveleth, Minn. on Thursday. It will be the Beavers’ lone exhibition contest of the season and will be their only competition until Maine visits on Nov. 9-10. The Beavers lost 9-0 to then-No. 1 Wisconsin in their first Hall of Fame Game on Oct. 18, 2008, dropped a 3-1 decision against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Oct. 22, 2010, and routed Lindenwood 11-0 in their third game in Eveleth on Nov. 10, 2011. BSU Head coach Steve Sertich is currently the Vice President of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Scoring Streaks
The Beavers didn’t do much scoring at Ohio State, but on the weekend, Natasha Kostenko scored twice, becoming the first BSU player to score twice this season and the first to score in back-to-back games. Emily Erickson, who assisted on both goals, now has a three-game point streak. Erickson is the second Beaver to accomplish that feat this season after Whitney Wivoda opened 2012-13 with points in each of her first three games.

On the Board
Also recording points on the weekend were MacKenzie Thurston and Tess Dusik. Thurston’s point on Friday was her team-leading fifth of the season, while Dusik’s on Saturday was her first.

No Sophomore Slump or Senioritis
BSU’s seven-member sophomore class has scored 63.6 percent of the team’s goals (seven of 11) in 2012-13. No other class has more than two. The senior class, which also includes seven players and is headed by leading-scorer MacKenzie Thurston, leads the team with 11 total points.

Settle In
After traveling to Providence, Wisconsin, and Ohio State, its three longest trips of the season, Bemidji State will play at home in four out of its remaining five series before Winter Break. The Beavers will only leave the state of Minnesota one more time in the regular season, when they head to North Dakota in February.

Against Ohio State
After losing both games to Ohio State last weekend, Bemidji State dropped to 17-29-10 all-time against the Buckeyes. The Beavers are also now just 6-18-4 in 28 games in Columbus and are winless against OSU in the month of October at 0-7-3.

Without Wivoda
Sophomore Whitney Wivoda has missed the last three games and the Beavers have missed her, going 0-2-1 without the Fairbanks, Alaska native in the lineup. Wivoda was the team’s leading scorer prior to being injured in BSU’s 1-0 win over Wisconsin on Oct. 19.

Scoring First
Getting the game’s first goal can go a long way and BSU has only done that twice this season. The Bea- vers earned a win and a tie against Wisconsin and got the game’s first goal in both contests. After erasing a 2-0 deficit to win against Providence in its season opener, BSU has lost five straight games in which it has conceded the first goal.

New Month
Bemidji State finished October with a 2-5-1 record and is still seeking its first home win.