BEMIDJI, Minn. – After a weekend off from competition the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team prepares for another road trip by traveling to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 2 Ohio State University for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Beavers (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) and second-ranked Buckeyes (4-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA) open their weekend series Friday, Oct. 15 at 6:01 p.m. EDT followed by game two Saturday at 3:01 p.m. EDT.
Both games will be held at OSU Ice Rink (1,000) with admission free for all women’s hockey games while the games will also be streamed online on B1G+.
Bemidji State Notes
- Bemidji State returns to competition after having a bye week last weekend and opening the season the weekend before at new WCHA member, University of St. Thomas.
- The Beavers split their season-opening series with the Tommies after earning a 3-0 shutout in game one but St. Thomas responded in game two with a 2-1 victory to earn the series split.
- Fifth-year senior Paige Beebe led the Beavers with two goals in the series, both in game one, while junior Reece Hunt posted a goal and assist.
- Eight Beavers recorded a point in the series with St. Thomas including junior Kate Boland (1a), sophomore Gabbie Smith (1g) and freshman Adriana Van De Leest (1a) who each recorded their first career points.
- Fifth-year senior Kerigan Dowhy started both games in net for BSU in the series and earned her fourth career shutout with a 31-save performance in game one. She stopped 54-of-56 shots over the weekend and is second in the WCHA with a .964 save percentage.
- Bemidji State is 28-47-13 all time against Ohio State and are 12-26-6 when playing in Columbus.
- The Beavers and Buckeyes met for one series in a shortened season last year and were swept in two games on the road. Ohio State outscored BSU 11-2 in last season’s series including a 7-1 victory in game two.
- Fifth-year senior Lydia Passolt and Hunt lead all returners with four points against the Buckeyes with Passolt posting three goals and an assist and Hunt totaling four assists. Fifth-year seniors Lindsey Featherstone and Beebe pace the Beavers with 14 career games played against OSU with Passolt adding 12 and senior Graysen Myers adding 10.
- Dowhy leads all netminders with five games played against Ohio State and has posted a .939 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average in 267 minutes and is 3-1-0.
- Head coach Jim Scanlan is 10-14-2 in eight seasons coaching against the Buckeyes and is 103-123-17 in his coaching career.
Ohio State Notes
- Ohio State has opened its season with a 4-0-0 (4-0-0 WCHA) record and earned back-to-back series sweeps over St. Thomas and then No. 4 University of Minnesota and eyes the program’s best season-opening winning streak (5-0-0).
- OSU enter’s the weekend’s action the second ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USAToday/USAHockey Magazine national polls.
- The Buckeyes also had a bye week last week but earned a series sweep over Minnesota at Ridder Arena in their last action.
- OSU is outscoring opponents 18-4 on the year and holds a 160-96 shot advantage over its opponents.
- The Buckeyes are led on offense by sophomore Jenna Buglioni who is tied for second in the WCHA with seven points (4g-3a). Her four goals on the season are tied for fifth in the league.
- She is followed by junior Jennifer Gardiner who has posted six points off of two goals and four assists while fifth-year transfer Clair DeGeorge (3g-2a) and senior Sophie Jaques (2g-3a) each follow with five points.
- Ohio State’s blueline is led by Jaques while junior Lauren Bernard (2a) and senior Emily Curlett (1g-1a) each follow with two points.
- Senior Andrea Braendli leads the Buckeyes’ netminders with a 3-0-0 record and has posted a .963 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average. Sophomore Amanda Thiele has started one game and posts a .933 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average to go along with a 1-0-0 record.
- Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall eyes her 100th career win this weekend. Muzerall boasts a 99-57-17 career record in six seasons.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).