BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State University women's hockey team was defeated by Ohio State University on Senior Day, 3-1. Saturday's game was the final regular-season home game for six BSU's seniors: Tess Dusik (F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba), Emily McKnight (F, Carman, Manitoba), Alex Ehlert (D, Portage, Wis.), Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.), Allie Duellman (D, Maplewood, Minn.) and Danielle Williams (D, Waconia, Minn.).
The scoring got started with an OSU power-play goal from Sara Schmitt at the 15-minute mark in the first period. The man-advantage chance was caused by a penalty called on BSU's Stephanie Anderson (F, R-So., North St. Paul, Minn.) for checking. Being down early is not new for the Beavers as it was the 24th time in 32 contests that their opponents have scored first.
Maybe that experience being down helped as the Beavers tied the game with just three seconds remaining in the first frame. Dusik unleashed a wicked slap shot after receiving a pass from Kristine Grenier (F, Jr., St. Leon, Manitoba) to give the Beavers new life heading into the second period.
Despite the jolt BSU received with Dusik's goal, Ohio State was the squad that came out playing well in the second period. The Buckeyes were in their offensive zone quite a bit in the second frame. OSU led Bemidji State in shots by just four (10-6), but the Beavers blocked 13 additional shots in the second.
The constant offensive pressure by the Buckeyes was due in part, to a pair of penalties called on Bemidji State. However, Bemidji State killed off both power-play chances to keep the score 1-1 going into the final period.
Ohio State would break the tie at the 7:06 mark in the third period with a goal by Danielle Gagne to give it a 2-1 advantage. After the goal, BSU challenged OSU's goaltender Chelsea Knapp with a flurry of 13 shots. Knapp was able to turn away all 13 of those chances to help give Ohio State the victory. OSU added another goal late in the third as the final score was 3-1.
Freshman Brittni Mowat (G, Glenboro, Manitoba) made 21 saves in the game, but was tagged with the loss. Her record is now 10-16-3.
Bemidji State (10-19-3, 7-17-3 WCHA) will close out the regular season next weekend as it travels to St. Cloud State University. The two squads split their only other series of the season in mid-January.